Designer Bookbinders Spring Meeting 2023 and AGM

Saturday 29 April 2023 starting at 2.00pm at the Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Designer Bookbinders is pleased to invite members to the Spring Meeting and AGM on Saturday 29 April 2023. It is always an interesting and sociable day. Entry is free to members. After the short AGM, the event will be open to non-members (who will be charged) so please register with the Secretary to ensure your place at:

AGM Agenda
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 30 April 2022
Matters arising
President’s report
Honorary Treasurer’s report
Introduction of the new President 2023–2025
Any other business

Following the AGM business we will have the pleasure of welcoming: Susan Hufton and Susie Leiper, Fellows of the
Society of Scribes and Illuminators, who will give a talk on Discipline to Freedom.

Susan Hufton FSSI studied Calligraphy and Bookbinding at Roehampton in the 1980s with Ann Camp and Jen Lindsay.
She has taught calligraphy, lettering and bookbinding in the UK and around the world. From 2000 to 2006 she was one of the scribes working on the Saint John’s Bible, which changed her perception of calligraphy. This developed into a greater understanding of how to refine and apply her skills to the wider use of written and drawn letters. Her recent work has moved into the weaving of letterforms – and the discovery of how new challenges and perspectives come from traditional starting points. Sue’s work is held in collections at the V&A, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Crafts Study Centre and she has undertaken many commissions, in private and public settings. She exhibits regularly and writes articles about the process and detail of calligraphy and lettering.

Susie Leiper FSSI, with no formal training in lettering, learned the traditional skills of writing with quills on vellum while working as a scribe on the Saint John’s Bible, under Donald Jackson, from 2002 to 2006. The extreme discipline required for this project was the unexpected springboard for renegade action: Susie was inspired to take up painting and to develop the use of the Chinese brush as a lettering tool. Working on everything from vast walls and canvases to small wood tablets and artist books, Susie sometimes combines lettering and painting, but often separates the two disciplines. She exhibits widely and her work is held in a number of national institutions, including the National Library of Scotland, the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Royal Collection. Susie lives and works in Edinburgh.

At the meeting, Harmatan will be selling a selection of leathers (please contact Harmatan beforehand if you wish to pre-order something specific from them), Louise Brockman will be selling her marbled papers, and there will be a Bring and Buy Sale with tools and materials. If you have any tools, equipment, materials, books, etc., that you wish to sell, please make sure they are clearly marked with a price and your name.

There will be a display in the front room of Associate Members’ bindings of The Book: Art and Object by Philip Smith.

Refreshments will be served. The hall of the Art Workers’ Guild will be open from 1.30pm onwards and the meeting
will close by 5.00pm.