Annette Friedrich is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and creates unique fine bindings and conceptional artworks.


Born and bred in Germany, Annette served an apprenticeship in Leipzig and studied 'Conceptional Book Art' at Burg Giebichenstein, University for Art and Design, in Halle (Saale).


Following the draw of a very vibrant art and craft scene, she moved to England in 2005. As well as setting up her own studio for fine art bindings in East London, Annette worked part-time for the specialist bindery Bookworks, got involved in curating exhibitions for Designer Bookbinders, and served for a number of years as the commissioning editor of the The New Bookbinder, the annual international publication of DB.


After fifteen years abroad, Annette followed her heart (love!) and relocated her studio for fine art bindings back to Halle (Saale), Germany. In 2020 she partnered with Rita Lass and set up 'Goldene Esel - Studio for Book restoration and Facsimiles'. And boy oh boy, do they have fun!


Works by Annette are held in many private and public collections including British Library (UK), V&A National Art Library (UK), National Library of Scotland (UK), John Rylands Library (UK), Gutenberg Museum (GER), Deutsches Buchmuseum (GER), and Morgan Library (USA) 





2014 Bayerischer Staatspreis 2014 (club mantell), München (D)

2013 Das 50 € Stipendium | clubmantell - December-Lady (D)

2011 The Sally Lou Smith Prize for Forwarding | Annual Designer Bookbinders Competition (UK)

2010 Justus Brinckman Förderpreis 2011 (club mantell), Hamburg (D)

2010 The Sally Lou Smith Prize for Forwarding | Annual Designer Bookbinders Competition (UK)

2009 Distinguished Winner | International Bookbinding Competition of Designer Bookbinders (UK)

2008 First Open Choice + Elizabeth Greenhill Prize for Gold Tooling | Annual DB Competition (UK)

2006 Overall winner | Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition, Glasgow (UK)


Group exhibitions:



Contemporary Designer Bookbindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert Yale Center for British Art, Yale, USA



Collect18 | awarded solo-spotlightstand | International Artfair for Contemporary Objects | Saatchi Gallery, London

Hand, Head, Heart | Court Barn Museum  | Chipping Camden

covered 18 | Designer Bookbinders  | Maggs Bros., London



Collect17 | International Artfair for Contemporary Objects | Saatchi Gallery, London



The Poet of them All: Shakespeare | Yale Center for British Art, Yale, USA | The Grolier Club, New York, USA

covered 16 | St. Bride Foundation, London



covered 15 | St. Bride Foundation, London

Yes, I DO! | 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin

Inside/OUT | Center of the Book, San Francisco



club mantell : Exempla | Sonderschau der Internationalen Handwerksmesse, München (D)

covered 14 | St. Bride Foundation, London

Prize Volumes (touring exhibition continued) | National Library of Estonia, Tallinn | Museum of Western Bohemia, Pilzen | Library of the Bauhaus University, Weimar | Museum of Printing, Leipzig | Imprenta Municipal, Madrid | Nerima Museum, Tokyo



L'Art Conceptionel du Livre | Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels (BE)

covered 13 | St. Bride Foundatrion, London

Prize Volumes (touring exhibition) | Bodleian Libraries, Oxford | St. Bride Foundation, London | Bibliotheka Wittockiana, Brussels



club mantell : Parzelle Unique | former military excercise area, Halle (D) 

DBUK (touring exhibition continued) | Newcastle City Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Bodleian Library, Oxford; The John Rylands Library, Manchester (UK)



club mantell : Einbände von Annette Friedrich, Ireen Kranz und Anne Puls | Messe Kunst und Handwerk 2011, Hamburg (D)

Die Tische sind unten (club mantell)| Künstlerhaus, Salzwedel (D)

Vorsicht Buch – Mechthild Lobisch und Schüler | Galerie Handwerk, München (D) catalogue

DBUK (touring exhibition) | The Schneideman Gallery, London; Hull History Centre, Hull; Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax  (UK) catalogue



club mantell : works | Messe Kunst und Handwerk 2010, Hamburg (D)

covered 10 | Flow Gallery, London (UK)



À Outrance | The Bodleian Library, Oxford (UK)

Bound for Success (touring exhibition) | The Bodleian Library, Oxford (UK), The Grolier Club, New York (USA), Bonham and Butterfields, San Francisco (USA) catalogue

covered 09 | Flow Gallery, London (UK)

club mantell : Unangestrengtes Warten auf den Erfolg | Ufo Galerie, Halle (D) catalogue



covered 08 | Flow Gallery, London (UK)

Kyffin – A Celebration (touring exhibition) | Gwasg Gregynog, Powys (UK), The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK), Gallery of Contemporary Applied Arts, London (UK), Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour (UK), The John Rylands Library, Manchester (UK)



covered 07 | Flow Gallery, London (UK)



The Elizabeth Soutar Competition | National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh (UK)