Winners of the second OPEN • SET competition were just announced by the American Academy of Bookbinding, as well as the participants of the moving exhibition that tour the US throughout the next year.
OPEN • SET is a triannual competition held by the American Academy of Bookbinding located in Telluride, Colorado. The decision was made by the panel of three judges: Monique Lallier, Mark Esser, and Patricia Owen.
Competition is split into two parts: Open book and Set book. Set book this time was Happy Abstract — A letter from William Blake to Thomas Butts, dated 11 September 1801.
Congratulations to all of the winners and authors of the binding included in the exhibition!
This post will be updated with additional photos and descriptions of the bindings that received the Highly Commended Award and bindings included to the traveling exhibition.
Open Category Winners
First Prize — Rahel Scheufele, GERMANY
Thorvald Henningsen by Hans Burkhardt
Second Prize — Sofia Mendizabal, ARGENTINA
Histoires Comme Ca, Rudyard Kipling
Third Prize — Guadalupe Roldán Morales, SPAIN
Macbeth, William Shakespeare
Set Category Winners
First Prize — Pilar N Calahorra Moreno de la Santa, SPAIN
Second Prize — Lili Hall Sharp, UNITED STATES
Third Prize — Susana Domínguez Martin, SPAIN
Highly Commended Bindings
There were also many Highly Commended bindings in each of these two categories.
Candela Ines Mirabella — Full Edge Detail
Coleen Curry — Leather Treatment
Ce qui aurait pu demeurer silence — poems by Rachida Madani, published by AL MANAR Editions
Photos by: Black Cat Studio
Colin Urbina — Leather Treatment
Tourbillon, a poem by Eugène Guillevic with prints by Julius Baltazar. Published by Alain Piroir in 1990. The binding is fair calf with alcohol-based dyes used to mimic the prints found inside the book. Spots are achieved by applying water to the surface of the leather. Scratches made to simulate some of the texture on the prints in the book.
Françoise Buniazet — Use of Materials
Jacek Tylkowski — Decorative Technique
Ubik by Philip K. Dick. Sobota’s style binding (Three Coverboard Structure) covered in black and old gold (the middle layer) goatskin. The font design is made by hand using Japanese screw punch. Top edge decoration made with pigment foil of 4 colors and gold foil. Clamshell box covered in black buckram.
Joelle Bocel — Unique Structure
Lise Dubois — Onlay/Inlay
Luke Hornus — Fore Edge Painting
Pénélope Guidoni — Design
Andrea Odametey — Paper Manipulation
Annika Baudry — Cover Treatment
Coleen Curry — Materials Manipulation
Photos by: Black Cat Studio
Elena Sánchez — Paper Manipulation
Eva Vincze — Unique Structure
Geert Stevens — Unique Structure
The drawing printed on the book is a fragment of graphic work by Lotte Campforts
Ingela Dierick — Use of Materials
Rahel Scheufele — Use of Leather
Richard Beadsmoore — Tooling
Sofia Mendizabal — Inlay
Sol Rébora — Technique
2020 Exhibition Venues
The Exhibition opens on February 19, 2020, at the Grolier Club in New York City.
NEW YORK CITY – The Grolier Club
February 19 – April 25
SAN FRANCISCO – The American Bookbinders Museum
May 15 – July 10
SALT LAKE CITY – Marriot Library, University of Utah
July 31 – October 2
AUSTIN – Austin Public Library
October 13 – December 2
Some of the Other Bindings That Participated in the Competition
Kathy Abbott — Open book
Unpublished Early Poems of Tennyson
Gavin Dovey / Paper Dragon Books — Set book
Brenda Gallagher — Open book
Songs of Myself by Walt Whitman
Karen Hanmer — Set book
Huhu Hu — Set book
Full leather binding. Covered in blue goatskin decorated with incisions underlaid with various colors. Edge-to-edge hand-paint paper doublures and flyleaves. Hand-sewn headbands with specially curved shapes. The text is decorated with leather oil dye with a transfer technique.
Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/huhu.hu.754/posts/10213923628985598
Adelene Koh — Set book
This is a full Tyvek® binding with laced-in boards using hand-dyed Tyvek® with alcohol dyes and letterpress inks. The hand-sewn double core Japanese silk endbands are in random colors to match edge decoration. The book edges are decorated using alcohol inks and tooled with metallic foil dots. Tyvek®-jointed Tyvek® flyleaves dyed using alcohol dyes and light blue paper doublures. There are tiny metallic foil tooling on covers that almost cannot be seen until you tilt the book in various directions and when the light catches the foil tooling.
Read more about the project and find much more photos here: https://www.dddots.com/post/188014304448/happy-abstract-a-letter-by-william-blake
Colin Urbina — Set book
Ulrich Widmann — Open book
Svato Verlag, Ich bin nur Flamme, Gedichte des Expressionismus. Full leather binding, calfskin, leather cut and dyed.
Ulrich Widmann — Set book
Half leather, goat skin with open joint and organic-formed and structured and colored covers.
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