This summer brings us a new bookbinding contest. The American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) announced this July a new triennial fine binding competition OPEN • SET.
Name of the competition itself suggests some specifics. It is split in two parts:
- Open book competition;
- Set book competition.
Both of them have the similar lists of awards. Both of them will give you a chance to participate in a travelling exhibition throughout the 2017.
I have been at the AAB in Telluride, Colorado, when the competition was announced, and I wanted to fill out the registration form right away =)
For the set part, you are supposed to make a fine binding for David Esslemont’s Inside the Book. I have seen it in sheets (retail price $100) and that’s a wonderful piece for any bookbinder’s collection with many different insets (you will have to spend some time figuring them out) and lots of useful instructions.