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New Residential Courses at The Grange for 2019
There are three residential workshops I shall be running during 2019 at The Grange in Ellesmere, Shropshire. The courses commence with dinner on the Thursday night and run through until late Sunday afternoon. Accommodation and all meals are provided.
The subjects this year are: An adapted K118 binding (a method of securing the boards onto a rounded book block using cloth tabs); a stub binding (a binding suitable for displaying art/maps/spreads); and a traditional full leather Cambridge panel binding (covered with calf and a design applied using sprinkling and blind tooling).
Places are strictly limited to 8 participants, and courses do fill quickly so please book early.
For more details and booking information, please contact The Grange directly - visit their website at
Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition, 2018
This year's Designer Bookbinders competition is due to be judged in October.
The text this time is the Folio Society's edition of The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. Being a collection of Bradbury's particular style of science fiction short stories, this book lends itself to a wide variety of design approaches so it will be interesting to see how different binders respond to the themes.
My binding is almost ready for submitting, so watch this space to see how I get on!
Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition, 2017
I am happy to say that two of my bindings have won prizes in this year's annual Designer Bookbinders competition. The first is the set book, Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems (left) which won the St Bride Foundation Prize for Finishing.
The second is my binding of Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of The House of Usher (right) which won the Hewit & Sons Prize for the interesting use of leather.
Signature Binding at The Print Show, October 2017
For the third year running, Glenn Malkin of Signature Bindings was at The Print Show, one of the print industry's foremost trade shows.  This year saw a move to The International Centre in Telford, with great transport links, free parking and a wide range of facilities including a free lunch!
Signature Bindings was once again be part of the Traditional Masterclass Zone, reminding visitors about the heritage crafts, processes and technology upon which the modern printing industry was built. This year, supported by Premier Paper Group, we gave participants the chance to 'make a book in under 15 minutes' - a free ongoing workshop where you could make a notebook, choosing from a range of decorative materials, and take it away with you.
'Heroic Works' Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
The exhibition of selected bindings from the Designer Bookbinders International Competition was on display at the Bodeian Library in Oxford during August 2017. It then moved on to the Library of Birmigham in September and then St Bride Foundation in London during October. The exhibition displayed 74 of the 184 books submitted to this prestigeous competition, including my binding of 'The Castle of Otranto' (left).
'Collect' Exhibition 2017, London
Designer Bookbinders has, for the first time, exhibited a range of exciting design bindings from around 30 of the UK's most recognised binders, including one from Glenn Malkin.
'Collect' is a renowned international art fair for contemporary objects, and attracts up to ten thousand visitors from all over the world, including museums, galleries and private collectors. This is the first time that design bindings have featured at the exhibition. The fair is held at the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road, London, SW3 4RY and is open to the public. 
Designer Bookbinders is also aiming to attend Collect in Spring 2018 following the success at this show.

Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2016
I am happy to say that my binding of Dante's Vita Nuova has been awarded the First Prize in the 2016 annual Designer Bookbinders competition for the set book. Prize-giving and announcement of the awards were in early November.
The binding is in full crimson Oasis leather with gold and black tooled design. The design represents the 'perfect' number nine repeatedly featured in the book whilst the black tooling represents the presence of death in the story. The binding features black leather doublures, suede endpapers and edges decorated in acrylics.
Meanwhile, the prestigeous Designer Bookbinders International Competition, which this year has the theme of Heroes, Myths and Legends, is currently being judged. Click back in December to see an image of this binding which will be posted after judging has been completed.
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2015
The 2015 Designer Bookbinders annual competition has now been judged based on bindings of this year's set book 'Nineteen Eighty Four' by George Orwell, published by the Folio Society. Glenn's binding won a coveted Highly Commended prize.
The binding is full airbrushed fair goat with back-paired onlays of alum-tawed white goatskin. There are also onlays of red goat and lines of onlaid black goatskin. The doublures are full airbrushed goat and the edges are decorated with acrylic inks. There are hand-sewn silk endbands and the book is presented in a suede lined drop-back box.
The design represents the four pyramids in which the four government departments are housed in Orwell's book. The shadows from the pyramids form the title of the book. The triangular themes is mirrored in the design of the doublures and the edge decoration.
The Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2015
At the Society of Bookbinders Conference in Keele during August, the international competition entries and winners were announced, including Glenn's binding of 'Imitations of the Poets' by Alexander Pope. I am happy to say that this binding won first prize in the coveted Fine Binding category. There were 85 entries into this year's competition from a total of seventeen countries.
The winning bindings were exhibited at George Bayntun, fine bindings and rare books in Bath and then at Shepherds bookbinding supplies, Gillingham Street, London
'Men in Sheds II - The Bookbinder'
I am happy to announce the release of a video of me making my 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).
The film is just over half an hour long and can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on the link below. I hope you enjoy it!
The Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition 2014
The 2014 Designer Bookbinders annual competition has now been judged based on bindings of this year's set book 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. Unfortunately, Glenn's binding (left) didn't win a prize this year. Still can't win them all I suppose!
The binding is full hand-dyed and airbrushed fair goat with back-paired onlays of hand dyed leathers and black leather lines. The deign incorporates a recessed sprinkled gold panel, and the design represents the crowd of acquaintances and callers Holly Golightly has whilst always remaining slightly distant and untouchable. Moths to a flame if you like. The binding has full leather doublures with smeared gold leaf and blind tooled cat-paw prints and the endpapers are suede.
The 2015 competition binding will be of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eight Four".
Glenn Malkin is Elected Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders
Glenn Malkin is pleased to announce that in February 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 include his work in various exhibitions staged by Designer 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 along with other selected entries were exhibited at the St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane in London, 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 decoration 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 depicts the 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 was 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) was 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))
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