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'Men in Sheds II - The Bookbinder'
 
In early 2015 we shall be releasing a video of Glenn making his competition Design Binding of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' from start to finish. This is the second in the series 'Men in Sheds' by Phatgrob Films - the first being 'The Luthier' (click to watch). Filming is currently underway and editing and post production will take place in the Autumn. Hopefully the film will be around half an hour long, though I don't envy the editor having to cut down the hours of material we already have. Watch this space for more information as the project progresses!!
 
 
 
 
 
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2014
 
The 2014 Designer Bookbinders annual competition is upon us with a deadline for submissions in October. Glenn will be submitting his binding of this year's set book 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. The exhibition of bindings and prizegiving ceremony will be in December at the St Bride Foundation in London (left), not far from St Pauls, where the bindings will be on display for several weeks.
 
What this space for more information on Glenn's binding!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glenn Malkin is Elected Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders
 
Glenn Malkin is pleased to announce that inFebruary 2014 he was elected as a licentiate member of Designer Bookbinders. The Fellows of the Society inspected three submitted design bindings produced by Glenn in the last year and agreed unanimously that the skill, technique and design elements demonstrated were of a sufficient level to warrant election to Licentiate. This now means Glenn has a fixed period during which he has the opportunity, supported by two mentoring Fellows, to further develop his skills to a level where he is considered worthy of then being elected a Fellow of the Society. Glenn can also use this period to incliude his work in various exhibitions staged byDesigner Bookbinders in locations in the UK and overseas.
 
 
 
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2013
 
Once again, Glenn Malkin is pleased to announce that one of his bindings has won a coveted award at the 2013 Designer Bookbinders competition. Glenn submitted two bindings into this year's competition - the set book was 'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam', and his open choice book was the prize binding for 'When Opposites Attract' (below).
 
The winning bindings alond with other selected entries will be on exhibition from 13th - 23rd January 2014 at the St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, London, just off Fleet Street and close the St Paul's.
 
Glenn's Rubaiyat was bound in hand dyed fair goat and featured inlaid elements as well as foil and carbon tooling. Hand sewn silk endbands, edge decoratyion in acrylics, specially designed paper doublures and suede endpapers all feature in the design. The design draws on the colours of the lavish illustrations in the book and depictsthe moon and the constellation of Orion which feature in the text.
 
 
 
 
'When Opposites Attract' - A Prize Binding
 
With the support of the James Reckitt Foundation, Hull City Council Library Services commissioned a design binding from Glenn Malkin as a prize in a children's writing competition across Hull schools. The binding was awarded to the author of the winning entry, 15 year old Thomas Taylor. The binding is also being exhibited as a prizewinning entry in the Designer Bookbinders 2013 competition exhibition in London through January 2014.
 
Glenn's binding is hand dyed fair goat with tooling in gold and silver foil. The edges are decorated with acrylics and gold leaf, the doublures are dyed goat and the endpapers are goat suede. It is presented in a tailor-made drop back box.
 
The book is an anthology of some 24 stories entered into the competition, inspired by the work of the Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.

 

 
 
The Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2013
 
At the Society of Bookbinders Conference in Leeds during August, the competition entries were exhibited, including Glenn's binding of 'Letters from the Crimea'. Unfortunately not a prize winner this year, but this was a great book to bind. The book was printed by the Camberwell School of Design and this rare copy was actually found in a second hand bookshop. The contents are copies of letters sent home from the Crimea War and describe both the mundane and the horror that formed part of the soldier's everyday lives.
 
The Crimea war was the first to be photographed and the cover and the pastedowns are illustrated with images taken from the contemporary photos of Roger Fenton. The book is bound in full Oasis green and black goatskin with tooled representations of the letters in white and black. The title is blind-tooled on the spine. It is presented in a suede lined drop-back box.
 
The exhibition this year, which is now on tour around the UK, shows an extremely high standard of workmanship and artistry and is an inspiration to all binders and those who love design bindings.

 
 
 
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2012
 
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition this year had the set book as 'The Periodic Table' by Primo Levi, with wonderfully illustrated text blocks, being sponsored and supplied by the Folio Society.
 
My entry (left) is amongst those exhibited at the historic John Rylands Library on Deansgate, Manchester during December 2012 and January 2013.
 
My binding is in full purple goatskin with crimson goatskin onlay and tooling in blind and gold leaf. The doublures are inlaid crimson goatskin with gold tooling and the endpapers are goat suede. The edges are decorated with acrylics and sprinkled gold leaf. 
 
 
 
The Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2012
 
2012 saw the second International Competion organised by the Designer Bookbinders society. This is a highly prestigeous competition open to all bookbinders. This year there were in excess of 250 binders submitting work from around the world. There was no 'set book' this year, but instead binders had the chance to choose their own book based on the subject of Shakespeare.
 
Unfortunately Glenn was unsuccessful on this occasion, though his binding of Henry V (left) appears in the full colour hardback competition catalogue which is now available from Designer Bookbinders.
 
The binding is in full goatskin with onlaid goatskin and blind tooled features. There are paper doublures and endpapers with a stylised design of an archer and the edges are decorated with acrylics. It is presented in a cloth covered drop-back box with leather design panels.
 
 
 
 
 
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2011
 
Once again, Glenn Malkin is pleased to announce that one of his bindings has won a coveted award at the 2011 Designer Bookbinders competition. His binding of Bruce Chatwin's songlines was fully bound in dark blue gaotskin which has been airbrushed with leather dye. Leather onlays have been applied along with gold and silver tooling giving an accurate representation of the stars of the southern hemisphere.
 
Glenn's book, along with other selected entries in the competition was on exhibition at the John Rylands library in Manchester during December and went on to a further exhibition in London in January. The binding has been bought by a private collector.
 
 
 
 
The Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2011
 
The Society of Bookbinders held its 2011 annual conference at Warwick University in August. This included a wide number of workshops and presentations about bookbinding techniques, new and old. There was an extensive suppliers' exhibition and a display and competition of designer bookbindings produced by members.
Glenn Malkin of Signature Bindings exhibited a design binding at the conference - this year a Folio Society copy of 'Out of Africa' (left).
 
Glenn's binding was awarded third prize in the hotly contested fine binding category, and has been exhibited at the V&A Museum in London and was subsequently on tour around the UK.
 
Glenn Malkin of Signature Bindings has been working with Beverley Treasure House in East Yorkshire to repair and restore an important collection of mainly 18th and 19th Century books bequeathed to the town by a benefactor at the beginning of the last century.
 
John Champney was a successful industrialist in the 19th Century textile industry, and he funded the original development of a library, art gallery and museum in the ancient market town of Beverley. With the help of Heritage Lottery Funding, the town's Treasure House, a public access repository of local archives, records and documents, is restoring many of the several thousand books that Champney bequeathed to the town on his death.
 
The most important of the books were included in an exhibition about John Champney last August at the Beverley Treasure House (left). Glenn also gave an illustrated talk on this conservation work at the Treasure House in October 2010.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2010
The Designer Bookbinder's Society holds an annual competition to encourage the artistic development of designer book bindings. Glenn Malkin of Signature Bindings has successfully taken part in this prestigeous competition for the past two years which attracts entries from the best binders in the business. Each entry takes several months to produce, working to the highest possible standards and attracting the interest of discerning collectors and bibliophiles.
 
Following on from his suuccess in 2009, Glenn was awarded another coveted prize in the 2010  competition for his binding of 'The Collected Stories of Nikolai Gogol' (left) . The awards ceremony took place at the historic John Rylands Library in central Manchester on 4th December, and his book was on display there in the exhibition of bindings until the end of January 2011. Subsequently, all the prize winning bindings from the competition were on exhibition at a London gallery during March.
 
(Below: 'Le Grand Meaulnes' on display (top left) at The John Rylands Library (2009))