Education  |  Designer Bookbinders Lectures


DB Lecture Series: Winter 2013/14

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 7.00pm
Paul Johnson - Movable Book Artist and Teacher
Venue: The Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ
Tel: 020 7353 3331
Admission: £7 DB members; £10 non-members; £5 students (with NUS card)

Paul Johnson studied at Norwich School of Art and Rabindranath Tagore’s University of Santiniketan in India. While on the art education staff of the Manchester Metropolitan University in the late 80s he inaugurated The Book Art Project, the main focus of which was to teach writing to children through the book form. Since then he has made books with over 200,000 children and over 25,000 teachers worldwide.

A parallel career is as a book artist. His unique pop-up books are represented in most of the major collections in the USA including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Library of Congress and the Museum of Art in Washington DC. In 2013 he was awarded first prize (complete book category) in the International Bookbinders Competition of the Society of Bookbinders. None of his books have folds - all sections are joined with dovetail joints and piano hinges. Paul Johnson says, ‘It was seeing the sculptural bindings of Phillip Smith over thirty years ago that inspired me to look beyond the book as something to read.’

In this presentation Paul shares with us his life as book artist and teacher. He will show several of his unique carousel pop-up books first in the flat-pack state, then assembled into the 3D form, and then illustrate how these books inform the pop-up books children - some as young as four years of age - make in his workshops.


Tuesday 18 November 2014, 7.00pm
Jen Lindsay: An Introduction to Coptic Bookbindings
Venue: The Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ
Tel: 020 7353 3331
Admission: DB members; £7.00, Non-members £10.00, Students £5.00 on production of an NUS card.

Dating from about 100AD, Coptic books represent the earliest books in the physical form with which we are now familiar: the codex. The word 'Coptic' is now widely used in bookbinding circles as a generic term to describe a certain type of book, but what does this mean? What are the identifying characteristics of Coptic bookbindings? What, if anything, defines or is unique to them? This talk looks at various types of early Coptic bookbindings and sets them in broad historical context.

Jen Lindsay has been, variously, DB Secretary, DB Newsletter Editor, Editor of The New Bookbinder and, together with Romilly Saumarez Smith, established the DB lectures. She was a Fellow of DB from 1985 until 1998. From 1983 until 2001 she was bookbinding tutor at Roehampton Institute (now University of Roehampton) in west London where, from 1994 until 2001 she was Programme Convener for the BA Bookbinding and BA Calligraphy programmes. From 2001 until 2005 she was a bookbinding tutor at The City Literary Institute, London. In 2009 her book, Fine Bookbinding, a technical guide was published by The British Library and Oak Knoll Press. She continues to make books for Tomorrow's Past exhibitions.