OPEN • SET: A New Bookbinding Competition in the United States

I have been waiting for this. It’s HUGE news: The American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado has announced the first year of what will be a triennial fine binding competition and exhibition in the United States. I’m really excited about this! [throws confetti in the air while doing a happy dance]

The competition is called OPEN • SET. It is the best of both worlds: a set book competition and an open book competition. Competitors can enter either or both categories. I love that. There are benefits and drawbacks to both types of competition. OPEN • SET levels the playing field by offering both options. AAB has specified that all three members of the blind jury will be well-known, professional fine binders. I am a neophyte in the traditions and politics of the binding world, but I have found myself puzzled by the composition of some panels of jurors. Again, I am a neophyte, so what I find odd might actually be sensible. Still, I find it reassuring that those at AAB who are organizing OPEN • SET are going to have professional fine binders judging fine bindings.

Below is what you need to know (click to see the full image). Stay tuned for updates.

AAB competition

And the Winners Are…Part 2

Do over!

It has come to my attention that I failed to provide any information about the content of the winning bindings. Now I have that information. I also have physical descriptions. Unfortunately for many of us, they are in Spanish. On the up side, for the linguistically challenged (me), we can consult the Multilingual Bookbinding and Conservation Dictionary (Google Translate is completely useless and sometimes hilarious). I also omitted the award for the Best Binding by an Argentinian.

So here they are again, with actual information:

FIRST PRIZE Gavin Dovey USA
FIRST PRIZE
Gavin Dovey
USA

William Shakespeare. The Tempest.Caliban Press: New York, 2001. Ejemplar 16/125.

Encuadernación de estilo Bradel en cuero de cabra montada sobre escartivanas. Cuero trabajado con aerografía en degradé. Decoración a partir de mosaicos y trabajo de hierros. Guardas en papel decorado. Cabezadas bordadas con hilos de seda. Continue reading “And the Winners Are…Part 2”

And the Winners Are…

Remember back in February I announced the Second EARA International Bookbinding Competition run out of Buenos Aires, Argentina?

The winners were revealed on November 14th. Thanks to one of the sponsors, Eduardo Tarrico, I have the pleasure of showing pictures of the winning bindings. Keep an eye on these binders. They are going places.

FIRST PRIZE Gavin Dovey USA
FIRST PRIZE
Gavin Dovey
USA
Sofia Mendizabal  (ARGENTINA) - SECOND PRIZE
SECOND PRIZE
Sofia Mendizabal
Argentina
THIRD PRIZE Lang Ingalls USA
THIRD PRIZE
Lang Ingalls
USA
HONORABLE MENTION Zigor Anguiano Calzada Spain
HONORABLE MENTION
Zigor Anguiano Calzada
Spain
HONORABLE MENTION Dolores Baldo Spain
HONORABLE MENTION
Dolores Baldo
Spain