This weekend I spent an enjoyable morning at the exhibition of two bookbinders in The Midhurst Gallery, where I met both Maureen Duke and Gaynor Williams, who were exhibiting some of their work, and were a delight to meet.
Both Maureen and Gaynor are Book Conservators as well as binders and teach at the nearby West Dean College. The exhibition itself was a feast for any keen binder, with a great display of various bindings, including miniature books, designer bindings and works of conservation. There was also a lovely display of some of Gaynor’s new bindings including some address books and photo albums, making use of some fantastic papers from both abroad and the V&A museum!
Outside the gallery was a fantastic selection of hand-marbled papers by Louise Brockman, which seemed to use traditional patterns with bright colours, making them look very modern and tempting! If you are keen to take a peek, the exhibition will remain in place until Saturday 24th July, and I believe they will be holding daily demonstrations throughout this time.
As our bookbinding year came to an end, we were given the opportunity to exhibit some of our work in the display cases at the City Lit. Unsurprisingly I was immensely excited about this, and so diligently went to photograph my first exhibited work!!!
Our books were displayed in two glass cases on the ground floor of the City Lit, which you can see here.
These show my two books on display, my coptic binding and the limp binding with the circles and ribbons next to Emily's japanese binding.
I think these two were Bob's - one was his coptic binding, which he made amazingly by carefully cutting out paper (BY HAND!) to make the intricate designs. For the second one, a disappearing spine pamphlet, Bob made the cover design and then had it printed onto book fabric, which he then used to cover the book - amazing!
This final coptic binding was Kate's, which I loved, and two very nice sewing samples!
The Principle of the City Lit, Peter Davies, said of our work - 'So much variety and fabulous work with the definite feel of a top of the range gallery – indeed much better than many exhibitions I have seen'
- Well done us!!