AboutABC has 150 plus members throughout New Zealand and Australia.Regional contacts are located in Northland, Dargaville, Auckland, Hamilton, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Nelson/ Tasman, Christchurch, Southland and Central Otago.
Arthur W. Johnson, the author of several books, binder, calligrapher and teacher was our first Patron and made a number of visits to New Zealand with his wife Pamela, an international tutor in lace making. They both fell in love with our country, especially the Catlins area.
Dominic first learned bookbinding at 16 from Benedictine monks at Douai Abbey in Berkshire and later at the London College of Printing. He has worked at the V&A, and for various binderies in London, New York and San Francisco. His binding work is mostly the restoration of antiquarian books and design bindings. He won both first prizes and the Mansfield Medal in the Designer Bookbinders 2007 competition, and was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. In 2010 he bound a special copy of the winner of the Booker Prize which was presented to the author. In 2013 he won the prestigious Sir Paul Getty award in the International Bookbinding Competition, and his winning binding was acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford.