The Printing Charity funds Designer Bookbinders’ Transferring Design initiative promoting the craft of bookbinding

The Printing Charity is funding Designer Bookbinders’ new initiative, Transferring Design, to help promote bookbinding and bookbinding tuition. The initiative’s aim is to increase the number of students taking up the craft and entering the profession.

Jeanette Koch, Trustee and Honorary Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, says: “With the closure of the last few full-time bookbinding courses in the UK, the number of students training in art and design with the skills to become a professional bookbinder has declined. As we cannot expect students to come to us, we must go out and inspire them!”

The initiative launched in April as a pilot scheme at colleges and universities already offering printing, design, illustration, and 3D studies with professionals from Designer Bookbinders invited to run one-day, show-and-tell sessions to introduce students to the craft.

The first four pilot sessions run by binders Tom McEwan at Glasgow School of Art, Mark Cockram at Lincoln College of Art and Design, Hannah Brown at Bath Spa University, and Kate Holland at the University of the West of England in Bristol, were so successful they are to be followed up with tailor-made workshops on bespoke subjects requested by the students. A further introductory session is also planned in London.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “This is a great initiative to introduce heritage skills to a new generation to help preserve the craft of bookbinding and fits well with our other support for bookbinding with The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and our education and partnerships work supporting sector-specific training and routes into employment.”

Print Futures Awards winners celebrate their success

Print Futures Awards winners celebrate their success

A record 93 winners were presented with their Print Futures Awards on 24 July at a reception at the House of Lords kindly hosted by Lord Black of Brentwood, Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and President Emeritus of The Printing Charity.

This year marks ten years of the Print Futures Awards, building on a previous scheme set up in 2003 and is now the largest single awards scheme for people aged 18 to 30 years in the UK printing, paper, packaging, publishing, and graphic arts sector.

At the event, reflecting on an industry he has been involved in for 25 years, Lord Black of Brentwood said: “In some ways this is the worst of times with the huge pressures of commercial and structural change in our industry as we feel the full impact of the digital revolution, but in so many other ways this is the best of times for young people like you joining the industry. The opportunities are literally endless for those with the skills, energy, and determination to succeed, not least through a commitment to lifelong learning. These Awards are important because they celebrate those opportunities and your successful start to what I hope and know will be long and distinguished careers.

“This year we had 248 applications from across the country and a fantastic range of skills. For the first time the judging process went to Leeds, reflecting the number of applications from the north. It’s also great news for our industry that we had so many applications from women, almost two-to-one.”

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, said: “These Awards have grown exponentially in the last few years. We’re thrilled to help you find new routes, undertake extra training, and develop your careers. We have a lot of new faces and companies involved this year so my call is to please pass on the message to encourage more organisations to get involved.”

Please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk/2019-winners/ for more information about this year’s winners: Philippa Adams, Christie Anderson, Connell Angus, Rebecca Baird, Joe Barraclough, Chloe Barrett, Elizabeth Beck, Leanne Bishop, Samuel Bloore, Charlotte Brady, Hena Bryan, Joe Burn, Nathan Burton, Sophie Chuter, Katie Claydon, Jem Collins, Charlotte Crouch, Chloe Daly, Connor Daniels, Aoife Datta, Katharine Dick, Clare Diston, Louise Docherty, Florence Eckersley, Percie Edgeker, Bradley Ellicock, Amy Elrington, Sian Elvin, Rebecca Field, Lauren Forrester, Katie Fox, Bobby Goodall, Nina Hakovirta, Declan Hannigan, Connor Hansford, Jasmin Hardy, Emily Harlow, Shannon Harrison, Lee Hollen, Alice Horne, Laura Illand, Ammara Isa, Sam Johnson, Srishti Kadu, Jessica Kirk, Sophie Lacey, Christopher Langford, Naomi Larsson, Mia Leonard, Sean Ling, Rachel Littlewood, Karina Maduro, George May, Sophie Miles, Kimberley Mogg, Kasim Mohammed, Robert Moss, Aleesha Nandhra, William Neal, Archie Nicholls, Jamie Norman, Kirsty Osborne, Tenelle Ottley-Matthew, Abigail Proctor, Emma Riley, Rory Science, Rohail Sheikh, Karla Sinclair, Molly Skinner, Brett Smith, Emily Smith, Hannah Snetsinger, Gillian Stewart, Adrianna Stypik, Vera Sugar, Jakub Szlufik, Sian Taylor, Jess Timperley, Imogen Tomlinson, Cory Topping, Zoe Turner, Helen Tyas, Jay Ullah, Klara Vith, Luke Wade, Amanda Waters, Marc Weal, Shaikyla White, Connor  Wigham, Gemma Willars, Megan Winter-Barker, Matthew Young, and Adeeba Zahoor.

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