More than 20 years ago Karli Frigge a renowned Dutch bookbinder and paper marbler started a new fair for bookbinders in Belgium. There is a long tradition of bookbinding and papermaking in this part of Europe. There also is a tradition of bookbinding fairs in the Netherlands. However, this new event started as a tiny thing in a back room of a cafe in Antwerp.
Every month I add new blogs to my feed. It is really inspiring to see all these fine people writing about bookbinding and book conservation tricks, their projects and thoughts. At the same moment, it becomes harder to filter links for our monthly digest — there is just too much I’d like to share with you! Continue reading →
Recently I have received an email from Elspeth Olson, the librarian and archivist for the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco, California. The museum explores the culture and tools of bookbinding, from its earliest forms to the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution. They also share stories of people who worked in binderies. Continue reading →
We have already wrote about artists interested in the afterlife of books. They cut through the pages searching for the hidden images and new forms. Now you can compare different approaches from a score of creators: on the 5th of February a new exhibition opens at the Everhart Museum in Scranton (PA, USA). Continue reading →
It took 15 years to gather Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers’ Bindings. Its hallmark being that books were chosen for their covers and arranged by decades. That way of organization gives a unique chance to see how the historical events affected book decoration and book production in general. It truly makes books a subject of an interdisciplinary study of art, history, design and commerce. Continue reading →