Archive for the ‘Bookbinding’ Category

Designer bookbinders launch web presence

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The [currently] 23 members of Designer Bookbinders of America have a web site to promote themselves. Each binder has an abstract image in a quilt on the member page, and scrolling over it brings up the name of the binder; when you click through you are offered more images of the member’s work, as well as links to his or her web site and contact information. They also have a remarkably complete listing of events. It’s a clean and attractive site, and we can hope it generates work for the members.Bookbinders These particular quilt swatches represent (from left to right and top to bottom): Monique Lallier, Gavin Dovey, Donald Glaister, Richard Minsky, Robert Wu, Sol Rebora, Louise Mauger, Amy Borezo, and James Reid-Cunningham.

–Bob McCamant

Hand Bookbinders of California Exhibition in San Francisco

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California, with the opening reception scheduled for Tuesday, June 8th at 6:00pm. Here are the details courtesy of the press release (courtesy of Asa Peavy):

The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrate their 38th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library with an opening reception on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m., in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library. The exhibition continues through August 15.

The show features the work of professional bookbinders, amateurs, and students of the art and craft of hand bookbinding. Examples range from finely gold-tooled leather bindings to avant-garde artists’ books, with innovative designs from the traditional to the very contemporary.

Special tours of the show will be given by members of the Hand Bookbinders of California at 11:00 a.m. on four Thursdays: June 24, July 8, July 22, and August 12. The public is invited to meet in the Skylight Gallery on the Sixth Floor for a lively description of the binder’s work.

–John Russell

Bookbinding: a disappearing act?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009


The Guardian has been running a series of articles called ‘Disappearing Acts,’ focusing on ‘disappearing’ or presumably ‘endangered’ crafts such as bookbinding, making brooms, caskets, saddles, and restoring stained glass. Apart from the poorly chosen series title, The Guardian has done a nice job capturing the many procedures involved in bookbinding, and has posted a good audio slideshow showing binders at work in Shepherds’ Sangorski & Sutcliffe bookbindery in London. Worth a surf.

Above: Ali Strachan of Shepherds’ Sangorski & Sutcliffe bookbindery in London.

— Paul Razzell

Wanted: Designer Bookbinder

Friday, April 3rd, 2009


This from Nancy at the Oak Tree Fine Press blog:

“A very limited number of copies of Philip Pullman’s À Outrance [Oak Tree Fine Press] will be hand bound by the best designer bookbinders around. Designer bookbinders are involved (they do prize bindings for Man Booker) and these books are going to be just about as amazing as they come!

If you know anyone with exceptional bookbinding skills who might be interested in working on this unique charity project, please get in touch for further details. Experts from the US , Europe and further afield are more than welcome! (Example photo is a binding in goatskin and gold leaf by Christopher Shaw).”

–Paul Razzell

A New Site for Sarah Creighton, Bookbinder

Friday, February 27th, 2009
Sarah Creighton has just published a new site showcasing her work as a bookbinder for the last twenty-seven years. Sarah trained with Arno Werner and David Bourbeau, and went on to work with Gray Parrot and Hugo Peller before establishing her own bindery in 1982. Since then she’s bound editions for The Limited Editions Club, Pennyroyal Press (including the Pennyroyal-Caxton Bible), Warwick PressKat Ran Press21st EditionsELM Press, and Chelonidae Press. Over thirty of her bindings and boxes—in addition to a few of her own prints—can be seen at
—Michael Russem