by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books
Always a jolly evening at the annual prize-giving for the Designer Bookbinders Competition, held again this year at the ever engaging St. Bride Foundation – a feast for the eyes, old friends and new abounding, happy winners of prizes. I had a particular interest this year in having been roped in at the last minute (the President was indisposed) to select the recipients of the four ABA Highly Commended Certificates. No difficulty in choosing them: I was genuinely surprised that some of them at least hadn’t already been selected to win some of the top awards.
Let’s start with them (click to enlarge the images): Bec Britain’s bejewelled, witty, sensuous and stylish take on this year’s set book, Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Simeon Jones’ abstract and sinuous (but also bejewelled) interpretation of the same book – I really liked this one; Adelene Koh’s Big…
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