Welcome to the Nordic Bookbinding Society website!

The Nordic Bookbinding Society is now officially established!

The aim for the Nordic Bookbinding Society is strengthen collaboration between bookbinders and book artists in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The society will work to enchance, preserve and renew the craft, education and practice in contemporary culture to achieve a high professional standard. The association shall achieve this goal by:

  1. Disseminating knowledge about educational opportunities within the bookbinding profession in the Nordic countries
  2. exhibiting bookbinds and artist books in the Nordic countries
  3. arranging workshops, seminars, lectures and conferences on bookbinding and artist books. Which are also open to non-members.
  4. having an active website and send out newsletters about the Nordic Bookbinding Society’s work
  5. arranging a joint Nordic congress every three years or by decision of the Council.

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You can reach us by email: info@nordicbookbindingsociety.com

Newsletter 02 December 2022

Dear Fellow Bookbinders,

Oslo meeting November 2022

The Nordic Bookbinding Society board had a meeting in Oslo in November. As we received the funding from the Nordic Cultural Foundation / Nordisk Kulturfond, we had two very productive and engaging days planning the future of the Nordic Bookbinding Society.

The articles for the Society is written out, being revised and approved by the end of the year, we set a date for the Congress in Copenhagen (see below) and we also managed to do a show and tell in the book printing workshop at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, where the meeting was held followed by a well-deserved dinner.

Nordic Bookbinding Society Copenhagen Congress

The Society will meet in Copenhagen 12th – 14th June 2023.
Save the date! More info and schedule will be sent out closer to the date.

Have a wonderful Christmas!


Bookbinders Meeting at the Copenhagen Royal Library

20th January 2023 the Royal Library in Copenhagen will hold an annual bookbinding meeting. There will be discussions around bookbinding, and we will present recent bindings so please bring binding projects if you want to share. Food and drinks will be served during the meeting.
The meeting will take place at:
Bevaringsafdelingen i Det Kgl. Bibliotek, Lergravsvej 55, 2300 København S.
The meeting will start at 16.30
Sign up through marianne @ lunddesign.dk latest 11.01.23


Bookbinding summer courses in Leksand, Sweden

There are 9 courses to choose from, teaching language Swedish and English
More information: leksand.fhsk.se/utbildningstyp/sommarkurs/

Bookbinding summer course in Sastamalan Opisto, Finland

Kirjansidonta, kirjotut kirjat / Embroidered long stitch bindings 26.–28.6.2023
Tutor: Tarja Rajakangas, teaching language Finnish and English
Enrolment opens 3.1.2023
More information: kirjatar.fi/kirjansidontakurssit/ or kirjatarja @ gmail.com

Bookbinding in Espoo, Finland

Teacher Pii Topio
11.1.2023 – 19.4.2023 on wednesdays at 17.30 – 20.00.
Languages: swedish, (finnish and english when needed)
Registration ilmonet.fi/course/EA230125


17th Art Bookbinding international competition by Biennales Mondiales de la Reliure d’art

Book to be bound is “Vol de nuit” by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. 400 copies are specially printed for the competition with 9 black & white illustrations and a colour frontispiece. After registration you will receive your copy as soon as possible at the end of January. The return of your bound book for participation in the competition must reach us no later than May 25, 2024. Exhibition will be held 18.–22.9.2024 in Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse, France.
Registrations for the competition and more information:

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