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[BKARTS] Society of Bookbinders 2007 Competiton Results



The results of the Society of Bookbinders International Competition
2007 were announced last Saturday night at the National Railway
Museum in York, UK.

The judges were Lester Capon, Maureen Duke and Trevor Lloyd.

The competition received 109 entries from over 80 binders from 18
different countries.

Any entrant who is not a prizewinner will receive their books in the
post in the next few weeks. We thank everyone who entered the
competition and are appreciative of the efforts and expense you have
gone to, to make the competition exhibition a successful one. The
books were all on display throughout the recent conference at the
University of York and the display was much admired and well attended.

The details for the 2009 competition will be available in approx 12
months time. I will let you know when we are launching it.

The full list of winners is as follows:

1. Fine Cut Award for Finishing

Geert Van Daal, Dodwaard, Netherlands, Professional, Fine Binding
Zinne Reelden by Herman Hugo
Covered in full Brown Morocco, gold tooled geometric design
Toned handmade paper endleaves, leather joints, hand sewn endbands,
covered full brown goatskin, gold tooled design, housed in goatskin
and paper drop back box ? also gold tooled.

2. Harmatan Award for Forwarding

Irene Kranz, Germany, Professional, Fine Binding
Till Eulenspielgel by Gerhart Hauptmann
French binding with chemise and slipcase. Red
Morocco leather with onlays, gilt edges, gold tooling, hand sewn end
bands, hand made coloured endpapers.
Thirty three regular vertical stripes, three gold lines ?
Mathematical equation of the numbers of strips in gold tooling.

3. Institute of Bookbinders and Allied Trades Award for Craftsmanship

Maria Sol Rebora, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Professional, Fine Binding
Carta de Anastasio el pollo sobre el beneficio de la Senora La Grua
by Estnislao del Campo
French binding construction, covered in natural box skin, yellow and
beige goatskin leather. Beige goatskin doublures. Natural box skin
flyleaves. Embroidered head cap.
Relief work with board and different thickness' of leather.
Differences in the grain of leather have been used to create various
tones in the same colour.
The choices of colours were taken from the many illustrations within
the book. The design is an abstract suggestion of the curtain rising
in an illuminated theatre and also of tree bark or trunks. These two
elements represent my idea of the author ? a "gaucho" mixing reality
and fantasy.

4. J Hewit and Sons Award for Innovation

Christine Sieber, Hamburg, Germany, Professional, Fine Binding
Binding structures in the Middle Ages by Berthe van Regemorter
Bradel-binding with attached covers in polycarbonate
The polycarbonate covers are varnished with car lacquer using
airbrushing technique. The spine is made of water snake skin in
grey.
The concept of the design is abstract. Different plains are moving
within each other. This concept allows a lot of space for
interpretation to the viewer

5. J Hewit and Sons Award for Craftsmanship

Kate Holland, Bath, UK, Professional, Fine Binding
And the Ass saw the Angel by Nick Cave
Hand dyed orange alum-tawed goatskin with black goat onlay.
Scratches.
Black sprinkled edges, orange leather end bands, offset printed
endpaper on black Bible paper.
This is a tale of murder, lust and God set in small-town Bible belt
America. The colours are inspired by films such as Night of the
Hunter and Gone with the Wind. The scratches evoke the protagonist's
self-mutilation. The silhouetted lightning tree plays centre stage
and the crows are forever circling the narrative.

6. J Hewit and Sons Award for Design

Susanne Natterer, Freiburg, Germany, Professional, Fine Binding
L'Infinito by Giacomo Leopardi
Stub-binding, non-adhesive binding covered in full leather, Mingei-
Shi endpapers.
Single sections covered with black leather strips, 4 orange bands
around the spine, orange leather strip around the head.

7. Cased Binding Second Prize

Yehuda Miklaf, Jeruselum, Israel, Professional, Cased Binding
Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
Full black goatskin with white onlays.
Portraits of the subject (Michael Kohlhaas) and the artist (Ya'akov
Pins) taken from woodcuts by Ya'akov Pins.

8. Cased Binding First Prize

Cathy Adelman, Malibu, California, USA, Professional, Cased Binding
Punctuation A Printer's Study
Full leather three-piece case binding sewn on tapes, Graphite edge,
leather endbands.
Boards are plexiglass covered in leather allowing a "window" to the
suede flyleaves, which have leather onlays.
"The note of admiration or exclamation"

9 + 10. Complete Book Second Prize

Cristina Balbiano D'Aramengo, Milan, Italy, Professional, Complete
Book
BBB by Cristina Balbiano
Crown book with bearing structure made from one piece of Brown Kraft
paper folded to hold the pages and thin boards.
Kraft paper.
My aim was to find a simple way of mixing graphics, feelings,
memories and typography; playing with lines, geometrical shapes and
letters.

CB Sherlock and Regula Russelle, USA, Professional, Complete Book
What it's like here by Jim Moore
The binding combines a contemporary drop-spine structure with an
ancient Japanese multi-section technique, sewn with four needles.
The glue-less spine of the text block preserves the integrity of the
pages and art.
Both book and slipcase are covered with Iris cloth and Bugra paper.
The delicate Kaji paper was attached to the boards with drymount
tissue. Text printed from polymer plates on a Vandercook Press #4.
Paper ? mould made Johannot and Japanese Kaji, hand washed with sumi
ink. The snow was printed with oil-based ink to act as a resist for
the wash.
The softness and lightness of the pages are meant to evoke the beauty
of newly fallen snow. In word and image, the book asks the
question "Who is my neighbour?" With each turning of the page, the
ready comes closer to community, to a sense of home.

11. Complete Book First Prize

Geert Van Daal, Dodwaard, Netherlands, Professional, Complete Book
Ons Tientse by Erik Van Der Kam
Full blue goatskin, inlaid coins and onlaid bank notes; blind and
gold tooling; coins and bank notes also on doublures, gilt head.
Book typeset and printed on parchment by Geert Van Daal ? blue paper
endleaves, hand sewn endbands; full blue goatskin; inlaid and onlaid
notes and coins, leather joints.

12. Restored/Conserved Second Prize
Marysa DeVeer, Addleston, Surrey, UK, Professional, Restored/Conserved
The Cottager's Kitchen, Fruit and Flower Gardens by JH Clark
Original Victorian maroon cloth binding with blind stamped decoration
on front and back boards and title embossed in gold on the spine.
Decoration embossed on spine around the title.
The front and back boards had come loose from the spine. There was
white masking tape residue on the spine. The edges of the boards
were torn and tattered and the board was exposed. There was masking
tape inside the book and insect damage at the top of the pages
throughout. Many of the tops of the pages were torn. Original
flyleaves missing.
Boards were cleaned using lighter fluid. Heatset tissue used to
carry out repairs throughout the book. First two sections were
flattened and repaired as they were the worst affected. Sewing
repairs carried out. Victorian Bible paper endpapers made up. Board
edges repaired using Japanese tissue and painted to match original
cloth. A similar cloth was used as re-backing material and a hollow
was made lined with fraynot. Book re-backed and cased in. Polished
with Renaissance Wax and slipcase made to house book.

13. Restored/Conserved First Prize
John Richards, Leamington Spa, UK, Professional, Restored /Conserved
Book of Common Prayer/Holy Bible. Thomas Baskett 1752/53
Full morocco binding with full gilt spine & boards.
The original binding was completely broken - all that remained were
the damaged boards. No trace of the spine remained. To begin, I
removed the leather & board papers and repaired the board corners by
splicing in new sections of millboard. The book was re-sewn & bound
in full morocco. The original leather sides & board papers were then
re-instated.
Gilding the spine - after a lot of searching I managed to find a copy
of this Bible for sale in the States. Parkhurst Rare Books sent me a
photo from which I was able to have tools cut. The endpapers & some
of the text have been repaired using contemporary marbles & papers.
Hewit's Chieftan goatskin. Linen thread for sewing & headbands.
Klucel g on leather.

14. Fine Binding Second Prize

Jan Camps, Diest, Belgium, Professional, Fine Binding
Antwerp Masut Zon by Michel Auphloz
Full calf French binding. Matching doublures.
Blind tooling, airbrushing, different varnishes, Cuircolor leather
tan, Oesser colour foils. Fly leaves in Duvall paper.
The blind-tooled lines form a symbolic skyline wherein some forms are
coloured and / or varnished. The airbrushed leather is sanded to
create a perspective in the decoration.

15. Fine Binding First Prize

Joanna Bird, London, UK, Professional, Fine Binding
Welsh Landscapes, a tour in Wales 1778-1784 Pennant, Gwasg Gregynog
Split board construction sewn with unsupported link, stitch secondary
sewing with full linen board attachment. Doublures- Leather edged
boards with paper onlays; leather joints.
Goatskin on spine and reversed goatskin on front and back boards
The front and back boards have been cut into sections, each
representing rolling clouds in the sky. Each piece is covered with
reversed goatskin, which represents the texture and movement of the
Welsh landscape and sky described in the book. The tooling design
mimics the marks made in the woodcut illustration of clouds and
landscape.

Best overall Non-Professional

16. Mel Jefferson, Bozeat, Northants, UK, Fine Binding
Acrostics by Graham Ovenden
Crossed structure binding; sewn on a concertina guard; spine and
edges coloured with pink acrylics; raised onlays of pink leather.
Designs on front and rear in feathered black onlays coated with
acrylic gloss. Buttons of vellum and leather.
Laminated goatskin. Endleaves of sanded leather; titled on front
cover; Buttons in lacunose decorated with gold leaf and brass
burnishing wax. Hand dyed sewing thread.
Acrostics are work puzzles and the book contains poems commissioned
by parents about their young daughters. The structure and colours
reflect the innocence and vulnerability of the children and the
designs represent the sensuality of the poems and photographs within.

17. Janine Pope, Towcester, Northants, UK, Non-Professional, Complete
Book
Scandinavia on my mind by Janine Pope
The text is woven as single sheets. To create an interlocking
structure finally woven onto the cover boards.
Text and lettering blind embossed, text printed on inkjet printer on
translucent paper, Cover paper ? (Griffen Mill) with hand decorated
woven paste down strips, bonded tape for flexibility. Leather hand
decorated lettering on cover.
Scandinavia is linked culturally, historically and in many more
ways. As it is my cultural heritage I wanted to create a piece of
work to reflect this, based on a neutral palette to represent the
interlocking of this part of Europe. The images are symbolic
representing land, ice, snow and water.

18. Best overall Professional

Joanna Bird, London, UK, Professional, Fine Binding
Welsh Landscapes, a tour in Wales 1778-1784 Pennant, Gwasg Gregynog
Split board construction sewn with unsupported link, stitch secondary
sewing with full linen board attachment. Doublures- Leather edged
boards with paper onlays; leather joints.
Goatskin on spine and reversed goatskin on front and back boards
The front and back boards have been cut into sections, each
representing rolling clouds in the sky. Each piece is covered with
reversed goatskin, which represents the texture and movement of the
Welsh landscape and sky described in the book. The tooling design
mimics the marks made in the woodcut illustration of clouds and
landscape.

Many thanks for all your interest and we hope you will be interested
to hear about the 2009 competition.

Stuart and Louise Brockman
<LouBrockman@xxxxxxx>

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