Designing English and Redesigning the Medieval Book

Thursday November 30th saw the opening of the fine new exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford: Designing English - Early Literature on the Page. 

Alongside the main exhibition is a showcase of new works made by bookbinders, calligraphers and book artists for the competition: Redesigning the Medieval Book. Out of 56 entries, 30 were shortlisted and around 20 selected for show. Those that were not selected for display are represented in a digital presentation alongside the showcase. 

Below are images of the new works. All of them were inspired by the books and texts on display in the Designing English exhibition, some more obviously so than others.  

 

http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2017/dec/designing-english

 

On the left is the winning piece by Sue Dogget and the open book by Kathy Sedar, one of the runners up. 

On the left is the winning piece by Sue Dogget and the open book by Kathy Sedar, one of the runners up. 

Paul Johnson's innovative pop-up book was also a runner up. 

Paul Johnson's innovative pop-up book was also a runner up. 

Not all the entries were traditional books, here is a circular game and on the right is my triptych.   

Not all the entries were traditional books, here is a circular game and on the right is my triptych.