2016 Entry Information – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2016

2016 OPEN • SET ENTRY INFORMATION Registration is closed for 2016

the books

OPEN • SET

  • The binding design should be the artist’s own unique interpretation of the content of the book reflecting the binder’s response to the content.
  • Participants may submit bindings for either category or for both. Only one submission per category per binder will be accepted.
  • All submissions must be a fine binding in the codex format.
  • Submissions must be received by October 1, 2016.
  • The binder must declare any work on the book that was done by someone other than the binder.
  • To ensure anonymity, the submissions may not contain any identifying signatures or marks.
  • The submissions may not have been displayed in any previous exhibition, online or otherwise publicly viewed.
  • All entries must be housed in a custom-fitted clamshell box or other protective enclosure.

OPEN • SET is not responsible for inadequately protected bindings.

OPEN

  • Participants may submit a binding from a book in sheets of their choosing.
  • No blank books will be accepted.
  • Maximum book block size is limited to 24 by 30 centimeters
  • The book must be produced specifically for this competition within the year previous to the submission.
  • All participants are supplied with a SET book upon registration. The cost of the book in sheets is included in the fee and is not refundable should the binder choose to submit in the OPEN category.
  • For the inaugural competition, the book chosen is David Esslemont’s Inside the Book, a marvelous romp through the steps of book production (Solmentes Press, 2002. See description below).

 

SET

Set book is sold out! This category is closed as of January 6, 2015. The OPEN category is available until March 1 but the SET book will not be included with registration.

  • All participants are supplied with a SET book upon registration.  The cost of the book in sheets is included in the fee and is not refundable should the binder choose to submit in the OPEN category.
  • For the inaugural competition, the book chosen is David Esslemont’s Inside the Book, a marvelous romp through the steps of book production (Solmentes Press, 2002. See description below).

fees

  • First entry is $120 USD
  • Second entry is an additional $20

 

eligibility

  • All fine binding, codex format entries within the size limitations specified are accepted for jury review, regardless of level of experience or country of origin.
  • In the event the number of entries exceeds the amount of space available in any given exhibition venue, OPEN • SET reserves the right to select those bindings that will exhibit.
  • Bindings must be accompanied by the fully completed Online Submission Form and appropriately protected.
  • Bindings too large or too fragile may be disqualified.
  • No blank books will be accepted.

 

jury review

  • All bindings will be reviewed by a blind jury of three respected, professional binders, to be announced in November 2015. No member of the jury will be on staff with the American Academy of Bookbinding or its sponsors except as an occasional guest instructor. (Post- note: The three-member jury for the competition is: Eleanore Ramsey, David Esslemont, and Cathy Adelman. To read their bios click here.)
  • Jury decisions will be made in November, 2016, and are final.
  • The jury will decide the Prize winning bindings, and the bindings that will travel with the Exhibition.
  • Formal announcement of awards will occur in January, 2017.
  • The jury reserves the right to return submissions deemed technically or artistically unsuitable.

 

exhibition

  • Once a work has been selected, it must remain with OPEN • SET for the duration of the year.
  • Organizers reserve the right to include or not include selected books in the exhibition per venue.
  • Entries selected for the Exhibition will travel nationally to cities in the United States.
  • The exhibition will travel throughout 2017, starting in January in Denver and concluding in Salt Lake City in December 2017.

 

catalog

  • OPEN • SET will produce a full-color catalog of all entries meeting the jury criteria for the competition.
  • Each participating binder will receive a catalog.

 

publicity

  • OPEN • SET will photograph and use images of all submissions for promotional purposes related to the competition and exhibition, currently and in the future.
  • Binders will be asked to supply information concerning their binding and a biography on the Online Submission Form, giving permissions that this information will be used by OPEN • SET for needed purposes.

 

insurance

  • Participants will be responsible for shipping and insurance from their hands to the jury site. Carefully consider the value of your submission; the amount is not a sale price, it is the cost of what it would take to reproduce the binding. Maximum declared value for each submission is $2000.
  • OPEN • SET will photograph and report on any damage upon receipt of submissions and be responsible for books while in its possession.
  • Each exhibition site will be responsible for insuring books while in its custody.
  • Fill out the online registration form and submit payment.
  • You will receive confirmation and be added to the mailing list for all OPEN • SET communications.
  • Once payment has been confirmed, the set book will be mailed to you.
  • For additional information and questions, please contact Exhibition Coordinator, Lang Ingalls

 

2016 Registrant Info  |  2017 Exhibit Info

 

awards

OPEN

First place $3000
Second place $2000
Third place $1000
Student $500 tuition grant AAB
Vendor $250 vendor credit

 

SET

First place $3000
Second place $2000
Third place $1000
Student $500 tuition grant AAB
Vendor $250 vendor credit

 

timeline

July 2015 Registration opens
November 2015 Jury members announced
March 1 2016 Registration closes
October 1 2016 Submissions due
January 2017 Awards formally announced
January 2017  Non-exhibition books returned
Full year 2017 Exhibition travels
January 2018 Exhibition books returned

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Inside the Book:

The inaugural book chosen for the SET book category is David Esslmont’s Inside the Book, published by Solmentes Press in 2002.

There is much pleasure to be gained from designing, printing, binding and publishing a book all by yourself. Inside the Book is an account of all that is involved in creating a book – from that first idea sketched on the back of an envelope, to the final marketing and sales.

The contents of Inside the Book include:  You Have an Idea, Publishing,  Text & Illustrations,  Which Route?, Equipment, Paper & Ink,  Typefaces, Design,  Typography, a selection of Sample Pages, Into Production, Printing, Binding, Marketing & Sales, and much much more.

Drawing on thirty years experience of making books, David Esslemont describes his working methods and the many decisions and considerations that have to be made. He writes with authority, enthusiasm and a passion that aims to inspire.

In fact, Esslemont opens his Introduction with a quote from Thomas Carlyle, thus:

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.

We hope the binder is inspired with this choice of set book!

David Esslemont is a British artist, designer, printer, bookbinder, and publisher living in America.

Esslemont began publishing in 1978 and his books were issued with the imprint ‘David Esslemont’. The name Solmentes Press was created in 2000 and first used for Inside the Book. While appearing to have a higher meaning, Solmentes is simply an anagram of Esslemont.

Above all there is a desire to make distinctive, elegant and readable books that are not only a joy to read but also a delight to all the senses. The choice of materials and attention to detail reveal a passion for books and respect for the history of printing.