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UNIQUE EXHIBITION 2024

An exhibition of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each a UNIQUE art object, created with passion. Inspiration is the book in all its aspects – text, structure, illustration, print and paper – with the completed bindings being as diverse as the individuals who create them. Approximately 35 new bindings, all for sale, will be exhibited at The Benjamin Spademan Gallery (14 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU) from the 5th – 13th July 2024.

ABOUT

Designer Bookbinders is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of Contemporary bookbinding. Founded more than fifty years ago, our Society is a registered charity and has helped to establish the reputation of British bookbinding worldwide by means of events, education, exhibitions and publications.
Our membership includes some of the most highly regarded creators in the fields of fine bookbinding, book arts and artists’ books, each with a passion for presenting the bound text as a unique art object. Inspiration is the book in all its aspects – text, structure, illustration, print and paper – and the completed bindings are as diverse as the individuals who create them.

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Designer Bookbinders Associate membership is open to subscribers worldwide. We welcome new members from all backgrounds – binders, conservators, collectors, librarians, teachers, people from other crafts, and book lovers in general. Learn more about becoming a member of Designer Bookbinders.

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World Leaders In Our Craft

Designer Bookbinders Fellows are elected on submission of work, and are considered to have achieved the highest standards in both design and technique. Licentiates are elected on submission of work which is deemed to display a potential in design and technique likely to commend them as candidates for election to Fellowship within five years. The society is constantly seeking new talent, and promising bookbinders are encouraged to apply first for Licentiateship and then for Fellowship.

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And Exhibitions

From London Craft Week to the Booker Prize, we host exhibitions at internationally renowned events, as well as our very own annual bookbinding exhibition showcasing some of the finest work in bookbinding globally.

Learn Bookbinding Excellence From Craft Masters

Whether you’re a bookbinding beginner or an advanced artist, our regular masterclasses and workshops can help you to take the next steps in improving your craft. If you are based in the UK, when you are ready you could consider applying for Licentiateship.

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Our Publications

Designer Bookbinders publishes a quarterly newsletter and our annual journal ‘The New Bookbinder’ (TNB) while also offering a range of insightful publications on the art of bookbinding.

Browse our online shop for books, pamphlets, leaflets, reviews and other materials

Enter Our Competitions

Enter your work in our Designer Bookbinders competitions. Many fine bookbinders have been discovered as a result of winning prizes in our UK and international competitions, and subsequently become Licentiates and Fellows within the Society.

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Together we can continue to preserve, promote and improve our craft for future generations.

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Designer Bookbinders is a registered charity (No. 282018)

* UNIQUE BINDINGS ON THE DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS WEBSITE *

You may have noticed that we have started to whet your appetite for the upcoming Designer Bookbinders selling show, `UNIQUE`, on our social media feeds.

For everything UNIQUE, we now have a page on our website dedicated to this exciting show, which we will be adding to over the coming weeks. Here you can find links to all the Fellows and Licentiates who will have new work in this exhibition.

When the time comes and the paste has dried on all the new created works, this will also be where you can find the online catalogue with descriptions and images of all the bindings:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/unique/

This exciting new exhibition by Designer Bookbinders will have approximately 35 new bindings, all for sale, and will be exhibited at The Benjamin Spademan Gallery (14 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU) from the 5th – 13th July 2024.

Seen in this images is a glimpse of a binding by Fellows James and Stuart Brockman, "Britten`s Aldeburgh", by John Craig.

@stuartbrockman
@benjaminspademan

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* THE DESIGNER BOOKBINDERS SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2024 *

The Digital Newsletter, No 206 Summer 2024, is now available for our members to read by logging onto the DB website here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/newsletter/

This bumper newsletter includes:

- A report on the AGM and Spring talk, with images of the Associate Members` bindings
- Introductions to the new Licentiates elected in February of this year
- A review and images of the Covered.Discovered exhibition at the Crafts Council Gallery
- News of the upcoming Unique exhibition
- Steps to Success: images and descriptions of bindings by prize-winning Miranda Kemp
- A detailed review of Peter Jones` Joint Workshop on Sharpening
- 20 Questions with DB Honorary Fellow Sophie Schneideman
- News of courses and training, suppliers, and dates for your diary

The cover of this edition is adorned with a 5-colour Lino print printed onto yellow bookcloth by Fellow Mark Cockram. "An affectionate homage to the pencillers, inkers, flatters, colourists and creators of yesteryear."

@markbookartist

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* THE NEW LICENTIATES TUESDAY FEATURE *

Each year Designer Bookbinders has an annual Applications meeting held on the last weekend in February. This meeting is for the election of both Fellows and Licentiates into our society.

Applicants to Licentiateship are elected on submission of work which is deemed to display a potential in design and technique. Licentiates are assigned two Fellows of the Society to mentor them in developing their design skills and technique, take part in running the Society, and exhibit in the Society’s exhibitions.

There were no applications for Fellowship this year but we were really thrilled to have had three successful Licentiateship applications and would like to congratulate Toben Lewis, Kate Rochester and Andreas Maroulis on their elections.

Today we are pleased to feature Kate Rochester (@hanburypress):

"Kate completed her BA in Art History at East London University before going on to study bookbinding at the London College of Printing. In 2004 she founded Hanbury Press which produces bespoke books and limited editions using traditional hand-binding methods. Later she joined the Wyvern Bindery, as well as studying master classes at Studio 5 with Mark Cockram.

In 2023, Kate became a QEST scholar after completing a year’s study in further master classes in Design Binding with Nicky Oliver. In 2024 she was elected a Licentiate of Designers Bookbinders.

Kate currently works on commission and runs her independent press from her studio located in East London. She regularly teaches Book Arts workshops and courses at City Lit and The London Centre Of Book Arts. In 2023 she was awarded the Lisa Von Clemm prize for Best Newcomer in the Designer Bookbinders UK competition."

You can see more of Kate`s work on her profile page on the Designer Bookbinders website here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/licentiates/kate-rochester/

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* THE FIRST PEEK AT ‘UNIQUE` *

Following on from the highly successful collaborative exhibition, ‘Covered.Discovered‘ that Designer Bookbinders put on with The Society of Scribes and Illuminators earlier this year, we are really pleased to share that there will be another exhibition of new work by both Fellows and Licentiates of our society in the summer this year.

Announcing the first peek at “UNIQUE”, an exciting new exhibition by Designer Bookbinders.

Approximately 35 new bindings, all for sale, will be exhibited at The Benjamin Spademan Gallery (14 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU) from the 5th – 13th July 2024. There will be an online catalogue with descriptions and images of the bindings and we’ll be populating our social media feeds over the next couple of months with images of some of the beautiful new bindings that will be available for purchase.

Add the dates to your calendar and prepare to be wowed by some brand new bindings made by our members!

@benjaminspademan

#bookbinding #workofabookbinder #designerbookbinders #finebookbinding #designbinding #contemporarybookbinding #fellowsandlicenciates #goldtooling #leatheronlays #uniquebookbinding
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* THE NEW LICENTIATES TUESDAY FEATURE *

Each year DB has an annual Applications meeting held on the last weekend in February. This meeting is for the election of both Fellows & Licentiates into our society.

Applicants to Licentiateship are elected on submission of work which is deemed to display a potential in design and technique. Licentiates are assigned two Fellows of the Society to mentor them in developing their design skills and technique, take part in running the Society, and exhibit in the Society’s exhibitions.

There were no applications for Fellowship this year but we were really thrilled to have had three successful Licentiateship applications and would like to congratulate Toben Lewis, Kate Rochester and Andreas Maroulis on their elections.

For the next three Tuesdays we are going to feature them and their work individually, starting with Toben Lewis (@bailemorbooks).

"Toben’s lifelong passion for books led him from working as a book designer in the publishing industry, through a hobby in letterpress printing, to finally finding and falling in love with the ancient craft of bookbinding.

Since stumbling into this world of bookbinding he has studied the subject intensely, both the physical craft and engineering of it alongside the history of the practice worldwide. He started out teaching himself which led to earning both a QEST scholarship and Heritage Crafts bursary. Through these he has been able to study with Karen Hanmer, Kathy Abbott, Dominic Riley, Arthur Green, and a number of other expert bookbinders, conservation specialists, and book historians in the UK, USA, and Switzerland.

Toben works out of his bindery on the Isle of Iona making books by commission, undertaking book repairs, and teaching bookbinding. He has twice won Best Creative Binding in the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding competition, and his bindings are held in private collections and the National Library of Scotland."

You can see more of Toben`s work on his profile page on the Designer Bookbinders website here:

https://designerbookbinders.org.uk/licentiates/toben-lewis/

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