1983: Graduated in human sciences at the Royal Athenaeum in Diest.

1985-1987: apprenticeship in bookbinding with Edgard Claes in Diest.

1985-1990: Studied bookbinding wth Françoise Bausart at the RIKA ( Institute for Arts and Crafts) in Mechelen, Belgium.

1988: Establishing his own studio ‘Handboekbinderij – Restauratieatelier Jan Camps’.

1996: Workshop restoration of parchment at the Buchbinder-colleg in Stuttgart, Germany.

1999-2008: Teaching artbinding and bookrestoration at the Academy of Fine Arts SAPK in Genk, Belgium.

2000-2003: Working member and master at the MDE – Meister der Einband (Master in Bookbinding) Germany.

2016: MDE Tagung, Lederschnitt, Marburg, Germany.

2017: Presentation: relation between bookbinder and bibliophile, UFSIA, Antwerp.

Education

2018:

inDRUKwekkend!

Twin Exhibition togheter with Ingela Dierick.

September/ October.

Plombières/Diest.

2017:

Kant & Kunst: Schakels.

Kant in Vlaanderen vzw.

25 April 25 - May 7: Sint-Catharinakerk,Begijnhof, Diest

Challenged! set by our clients.

Fine bindings,, boxes, and bookrestoration with matching personal works.

September 16 & 17: Arts & Crafts, Diest.

2016:

Belgian bibliophile exhibition.

October, 2: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussel.

2014

Belgian bibliophile exhibition.

28 sept: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussel.

2013

The Endless Possibilities of Restriction
decorated bindings through time.

May 18th until June 23rd
A voyage through bookbinding styles and techniques
50 of their creations exhibited
De Hofstadt, Diest, B

Papier-Papier
18 april – 9 june
Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels

2012:

Belgian bibliophile exhibition
Okt 21: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels.

2011:

SOB International Bookbinding Competition 2010.
Touring Exhibition:
Dec 6, 2011 – Jan 13, 2012
Livingston, Scotland, J. Hewit & Sons Ltd
Nov 1 – Dec 2, 2011
Bath, George Banytun
Mai 26 – July 7
Sept 6 – Okt 30, 2011
Londen, Victoria & Albert Museum
Galery talk over de tentoonstelling op 22 sept 2011 om 14u00

ARA: Xe F.I.R.A
Brugge, Belgium

2010:
Notes en Margins
December 1 – December 22
VI International Artistic Book-Binding Exhibition,
Artist's Union Galery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Les 3 R
Riom - Reliure - Rencontres
September 25 & 26: Bib Riom

Belgian bibliophile exhibition
May 16 Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels.

MET6
“Boek Bindt Kunst”
April 09 – April 30
AntwerpBib Permeke

MET6
“Pages Reliées”
May 12 – May 29
Paris F Librairie Blaizot

MET6
“Buch bindet Kunst”
August 17 – November 14
Mainz D Gutenbergmuseum

Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2009.
February 12 – March 6: Bonhams & Butterfield San Fransisco, USA.
May 19– July 31: The Grolier Club New York, USA.
DesignerBookbinders

2009:
DesignerBookbinders International Competition 2009.
September 17 – December 12:Boston Public Library, USA.

2008:
Oktober 12 : Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussel.
Belgian bibliophile exhibition.

September 27 - Oktober 18.: Sapk Genk, Begium.
Boek & Academie, De Ampersand "&".

September 07 - 14 - 21 - 28: Handboekbinderij J.J.Camps, Diest, Belgium.
Books 2 look @, 40 artbindings presented in the bindery.

August 09 - August 24. : Cultureel Centrum, Diest, Belgium.
Expo 08/08 : exhibition with 8 other artists.

2007:
SOB bookbinders competition 2007:
August 21 - September 8: Central Library, Manchester.
September 17 - November 1: Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham.
November 5 - November 16: Antiquarian George Bayntun, Bath

Oktober 11 - December 31: Musée Gutenberg, Fribourg, Switserland.
IX Forum International de la Reliure d'Art, ARA

Oktober 5-6-7: Marché du livre de Mariemont, Belgium, ARA Belgica.

July 14 - August 26 Damme boekendorp, Bindings of the 21th century. Damme, Belgium.

February 8 - March 4: Centre Céramique, Maastricht, Nederland: "MET6" UNIEKenPAPIERenBOEK, exhibition of 6 professionel bookbinders, Netherlands and Belgium

Januray 25 - Febuary 15.: Vilnius, Litouwen: "Small - Large World".
V International Artistic bookbinding Exhibition.

January 19 - February 4: Nottebohmzaal, Antwerpen, Belgie: "MET6" UNIEKenPAPIERenBOEK, exhibition of 6 professionel bookbinders.

2005:
September 29 - Oktober 2 Strombeek-Bever, Belgium
Brabantse Boekbindersgilde '20 jaar Open en Gebonden'.

September 19 - 24 Oktober 24: Londen, UK.
in the White Room of Selfridges in Oxford Street, Pimpernell Fine Books.

May 20 - Oktober 9: VIII Forum International de la Reliure d'Art, ARA in Limoges, France.
golden medal.

June: Exhibition in the bindery: '20305', Diest, Belgium.
20 years of bookbinding, 30 artbindings of the last 5 years.

2004:
"La Reliure - Patrimoine Artistique" Lille, France.

"Verhalen" Galerie Daelhoxent Eksel, Belgium.

2003:
'Libri III' in Harelbeke CC, Belgium.

2002:
November: VII forum international de la reliure d'art, 'FIRA'
in CC Municipal 'Melina Merkouri', ARA Athene, Greece.

June: Exhibition artbindings in the bindery : "Huizen in Kunst 2002", Diest, Belgium.

2001:
Oktober: 'Pflichtausstellung' van deMDE in het Maternushaus, Keulen, Germany. Selection of 3 artbindings' Moderne Bucheinbânde und Buntpapiere'.

February - April: Selection of 2 artbindings MDE Mainz,Germany Gutenbergmuseum: "Meister der Einbandkunst-Bücher der Gegenwart"

Traveling Exhibition with the students of the SAPK Genk.
Enbotraine project:
2001: May Brussels: Bibliotheca Wittockiana
Oktober: Rome: Academia Belgica
2002: September: Paris: SEMA
December: Madrid .

2000:
November: exhibition of the bookbinding competition: ' 2-Eros ' in the bindery of Alain Lobstein in Paris.

Oktober: organiser of the weekend for the book :"KUNST- BOEK +BAND 2000" with the bookbindingcompetition:"2-EROS", CC, Diest

June: Exhibition artbindings in the bindery : "Huizen in Kunst 2002", Diest, Belgium.

exhibition

2019:

Open-Set: American Academy of Bookbinding.

SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2019.

2018:

The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2017", NLS, Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.

2017:

SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2017.

Open-Set: American Academy of Bookbinding.

Bookbindingacademy

Selected in the OPEN category with the book: Reste La Terre.

Selected in the SET category with the book: Inside the BOOK.

2015:

SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2015.

2013

18th nov :
Gallery talk @ Shepherds Bookbinders, Londen.
Shepherds

1 st Prizes “Historic Binding
Sept 7th - Oct 12th: Leeds, UK
SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2013.

2011

1 st Prize “Historic Binding
Aug 25 - 29 : Warwick, UK
SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2011.

March 8 – March 26
Pointe de Paris 2011,
la Librairie Blaizot, Paris

The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2011", NLS, Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.

2009:
August 21 – 23 Warwick, UK.
SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2009.
SOB

DesignerBookbinders International Competition 2009
Designerbookbinders
Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK
June 12– 1 August 1, 2009.

2008:
"The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2008":
NLS, Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.

2007:
"The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2007", NLSEdingburgh, Scotland,UK.

August 12 York, UK.
SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2007.
Second prijs "Fine Bindings".

2006:
"The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2006", Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.

2005:
November 9 - november 26: Pointe de Paris 2005, Librairie Auguste Blaizot, Paris.

April 27 - July 25: "De la Dominoterie à la Marbrure" Marie-Ange Doizy. Art et Métiers du Livre, Le Cabinet des Livres du Château de Chantilly, France.

2004; 2003; 2002: 2001:
"The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2004; 03; 02; 01": NLS, Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.

2001:
'6e Biennale Mondiale de la Reliure d'Art', Prix de l'Union Européenne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France.
1st prize professionals.

Traveling Exhibition with the students of the SAPK Genk.
Enbotraine project:
2001: may Brussels: Bibliotheca Wittockiana
Oktober: Rome: Academia Belgica
2002: september: Paris: SEMA
December: Madrid .

2000:
"The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2000": NLS, Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.
Honorable Mention

1999:
'V Biennale Mondiale de la Reliure d'Art', Prix de l'Union Européenne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France.
second prize professionals.

MDE: "Schôn und Schlicht".: Stutgartt, Germany.

"The Elisabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 1999". NLS, Edingburgh, Scotland,UK.

1998:
'8ste Grote Prijs Vlaamse Boekbindkunst', Gent, Belgium
Prizewinner "Golden Medal".

"Maestri Rilegatori per l'Infinito",Ancona, Italy.

1997:
1st prize 'Gulden Vouwbeen 1997' Genk, Belgium.

1996:
'VII Grote Prijs Vlaamse Boekbindkunst'
Prizewinner "Golden Medal", Gent, Belgium.

1990:
Prizewinner "RIKA-plus prijs" RIKA Mechelen, Belgium.

1987:
"III Grote Prijs Vlaamse Boekbindkunst", Gent, Belgium.

bookbinding competition

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