This July results of the 3rd Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition were announced. Bookbinders from 34 countries decided to participate in the Competition and 28 prizewinners were chosen out of 184 entries.
International Competition has a different system of awards compared to the Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition. While the latter has different prizes assigned for different aspects of the craft (along with the main prizes for the set and open choice books), the former has the First Prize, the Second Prize along with 25 Distinguished Winners of the Silver Prize assigned and an additional prize: Oxford University Students’ Choice.
All in all, 74 bindings were selected for the Heroic Works exhibition you may visit in different cities of the UK, or in Boston (Massachusetts, USA) in the end of the year. Below you will find photos of some of the bookbinders at the awards ceremony along with selected bindings and descriptions.
I love the idea of setting one theme for a competition without having a set book. While there are lots of astonishing works among the participants of the Annual Competition, there always are some similarities when you have only one set book to work with. Here the imagination and creativity of bookbinders allowed us to enjoy a full scale diversity of styles, forms and bookbinding tricks. The only unfortunate thing is that it is hard to fully appreciate work of a bookbinder based only on digital images. That’s why I urge you to visit the exhibition.
Here are some photos from the awards ceremony, to understand how books look along each other:
Heroic Works Competition Catalogue includes all 184 entries and is available at the online shop of Designer Bookbinders for only £30.
The Silver Prize is a perspex doric column with the top and bottom in hallmarked sterling silver, engraved with the binder’s name. A silver block of type spelling out HERO sits on top (you can find a photo below). Designed and made by the jeweller Gerry Summers.
Juan Antonio Fernández Argenta (Spain): Islands
Kaitlin Barber (Canada): Equus
Fabrizio Bertolotti (Italy): Héraclès
That’s a new variant of a rounded spine crisscross binding.
You can follow Fabrizio on Facebook.
Hannah Brown (UK): The Fables of Æsop
Hannah has described the how the binding was created in in her blog with lots of details and photos. We share some of the photos below. However, for more information please visit her Tumblr account han-made bookbinding. You may also check her Facebook feed.
Martine Clamagirand-Roth (France): Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide
Gavin Dovey (USA): Metamorphoses
Mark Esser (USA): Blind Date
Keiko Fujii (Japan): Légendes Japonaises
Eri Funazaki (UK): Great Little Man
Jenni Grey (UK): Antigone
Pénélope Guidoni (Czech Republic): Orphée à Eurydice
Here is Penelope’s Facebook account.
Kate Holland (UK): Nine Dragons
Midori Kunikata-Cockram (UK): The Serpent with Eight Heads
Monique Lallier (USA): Pantagruel
Follow the link to check Monique’s Facebook feed.
Anna Linssen, (The Netherlands): Attila
Ting-Hsuan Lu (Taiwan): Hope In Hell – Inside the World of Doctors without Borders
Tom McEwan (UK): Clair de Lune and other Troubadour Romances
Steven Orriss (UK): Dracula
Sol Rébora (Argentina): The Noble Knight Paris & the Fair Vienne
Here are some more photos Sol shared with us:
Guadalupe Roldán Morales (Spain): Criaturas de la Mitología Espanõla
Here is Gueadalupe’s Facebook account.
Lots of detailed photos of the binding and the box may be found here:
Caroline Seidel (Germany): Die Prinzessin von Babylon
Christopher Shaw (UK): The Golden Ass
Priscilla Spitler (USA): In the Garden
More bindings on Priscilla’s Facebook feed.
Julian Thomas (UK): The Poems of Taliesin
A comment from Julian:
Dyed calf was embossed (I did not photograph this process) with blocks made of Polyfilla and fine gravel and then painted to give the effect of the patinated bronze of bronze-age weapons. The goatskin on the upper front board was coloured with red leather dye to represent dripping blood because parts of the poetry describing the battle scenes in Taliesin are very gory. The design of this binding changed and evolved considerably during its execution. Such as the verdigris patination changing to black. The blue leather is dyed calf embossed with sandpaper and shaded with red acrylic.
Daniel Wray (UK): The Iron Man
Oxford University Students’ Choice
Kaori Maki (UK): The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
Photography credit for the front binding images and photos at the Award ceremony: Greg Smolonski.