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A Gathering of Leaves

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A Gathering of Leaves
Catalogue for Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2022
Edited by Stuart and Louise Brockman

Plants and gardens play a central role in life on Earth. They have provided food, clothing, shelter, medicines, employment, leisure and enjoyment throughout history. Both also have many symbolic uses in art, mythology and literature, making plants and gardens the perfect theme for the Designer Bookbinders fourth International Competition held at the Bodleian Library in 2022. The chosen theme also celebrates 400 years since the founding of Oxford Botanic Garden.

This beautiful catalogue features richly illustrated texts and finely printed volumes which are bound with skill and creativity using varied materials by binders from all over the world. The fourth in a series following on from Bound for Success in 2009, Prize Volumes in 2013 and Heroic Works in 2017, A Gathering of Leaves is a celebration of the stunningly inventive winning bindings featured alongside all the competition entries.

Stuart Brockman is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. His modern fine bindings are held in private and public collections all over the world – including the British Library. He also restores and conserves early printed books and manuscripts. Louise Brockman is a paper marbler specialising in modern designs.

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