Come Over to the Book Arts Fair in Leiden this November! Talking to Karin Cox [iBB Podcast #23]

This time we are talking about the Boekkunstbeurs, a book arts fair held in Leiden. And our guest is Karin Cox, one of the persons in charge of this fair.

Karin is a bookbinder, book restorer, and book arts teacher from the Netherlands. And she’s a member of the Stichting Handboekbinden, the Dutch bookbinders’ society.

iBookBinding was a participant of the Boekkunstbeurs twice, in 2018 and 2019. And both times, it was an amazing experience. The fair is jointly organized by the society of bookbinders and the society of printers.

If you are in Europe or have a chance to visit the Netherlands early this November, we highly recommend you to visit the fair in Leiden!



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00:00 – Beginning
01:54 – Introducing Boekkunstbeurs – Book Arts Fair in Leiden
06:11 – Organizing this year’s fair after the last year’s cancellation
09:23 – From which countries participants and visitors are coming to the fair?
10:30 – How travel limitations of this year are affecting the fair?
13:18 – Are there any online activities associated with the fair?
14:09 – How many participants and visitors usually attend the fair?
14:52 – Pieterskerk – the spacious and magnificent location for the fair
16:38 – Karin’s personal experience of participating in the fair – book arts fair as a bookish club
21:11 – What kinds of workshops can you usually find at the Boekkunstbeurs?
22:42 – Is there still a chance to register as a participant?
24:08 – The financial aspects of the fair
27:42 – Join the Dutch Society of Bookbinders and support their cause!
30:52 – What other activities the Society is organizing? Competitions and challenges
34:13 – The age of participants. Starting to make books and experimenting
36:13 – The history of the Stichting Handboekbinden and its future
37:49 – Options for a more formal bookbinding education in the Benelux region
39:26 – Career of Karin Cox and her path to becoming a bookbinder, book restorer, and book arts teacher
45:18 – Current Society’s bookish challenge

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