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 Glenn Malkin Design Bindings

 
What is a Design Binding?
 
A design binding is a piece of art in book form. It is where creative and artistic talent meets the skill and craftsmanship of the professional bookbinder, resulting in a stunning binding which not only reflects and enhances the content of the book itself, but also speaks to you in its own right as artistic expression.
 
There is a relatively small number of Design Binders in the world who have the skills to create this type of binding, but it is a very active and supportive community encouraging the production of fine bindings through national and international competitions, exhibitions and training programmes. There are collectors of design bindings around the world, but especially in the UK, USA and some areas of Europe.
 
 
Click here to see a gallery of Design Bindings by Glenn Malkin, with some examples being available for purchase.
 
 
Click here to find out more about why a design binding is so special and the sort of features you can expect to see. 
 
 
 
Right: 'Out of Africa', bound by Glenn Malkin.
Winner of the 3rd Fine Binding award in the Society of Bookbinders International competition 2011

 
 
 
About Glenn Malkin 
 
I am a full-time professional bookbinder working from my bindery in a small seaside town in East Yorkshire, England. Like most binders, much of my time is spent repairing and re-binding old books and Bibles for clients from all over the world. I also create new bindings for special occasions such as retirements, birthdays and weddings. Click here for more information about book repairs and re-binding.
 
I have been creating design bindings since 2008. I continue to experiment and play with techniques and approaches that appeal to me, inspired by other binders as well as by the artistic and natural influences that surround us all.  Supported by the advice and encouragement of a number of highly respected design binders including Paul Delrue, one of the world’s foremost and prolific design binders, I continue to push my own boundaries and develop my own style. As well as for commissions, my bindings are often created for national and international competitions for design bindings and I have achieved notable success in these. My work has been exhibited at a number of galleries and venues, including the V&A Museum in London. I have bindings in private collections and examples of my design binding work are also currently in the USA.
 
I am happy to take commissions for design bindings from interested collectors or organisations.
Please contact me to discuss details. E-mail: glenn@glennmalkin.com
 
 
 Short Film
"Men in Sheds - the Bookbinder"
 
 
 
To get a great feel for the work involved in design binding, this half hour short film takes you through an overview of most of the stages involved from first ideas to completion. Working on a competition book 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', you will learn about the design process, the elements of forwarding, leather work and finishing. Filmed across several months by PHaTGRoB Films at glenn's bindery in East Yorkshire.
 
CLICK HERE to view the film on YouTube.