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Jarrold Book Department is delighted to be hosting a collection of contemporary design bookbindings as part of a travelling exhibition around Norfolk this summer. The bindings are inspired by the author and bookbinder Judith Ellis whose book, Two Points East - A view of Maritime Norfolk, was the subject of a binding challenge for members of the Society of Bookbinders in 2018.
This is a rare opportunity to see the skill of the modern designer bookbinders applied to a book of great local relevance to anyone interested in Norfolk’s maritime past.
The works in display were originally part of an exhibition of twenty-eight bindings shown at the Society of Bookbinders Conference in 2018. Twenty of these bindings now form this exhibition.
The books have been bound in many different ways, using leather, cloth, paper and even wood. Some binders have used traditional techniques and some have combined digitally produced designs printed onto bookcloth and paper. All the designs are lively, colourful and beautifully executed, ranging from the exquisitely simple to the complex and witty.
Two Points East was published in 2017 as a result of an extended sketching tour around the coast undertaken by Judith Ellis, which was to awaken a growing fascination with maritime history. The book covers the period from the Anglo-Saxons to the arrival of the railway when the days of commercial sail were finally numbered. It touches upon many different aspects of life on the coast over the centuries ,from the Hanseatic League to the herring fishery and from the life cycle of the eel to the extraordinary rescues of Cromer’s famous lifeboatman, Henry Blogg. It was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards in 2017.
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