Annette Friedrich is a London based artist bookbinder and Fellow of Designer Bookbinders.


Originally born and bred in Germany, she served a traditional apprenticeship in Leipzig (Germany) and proceeded to study for six years Fine Art in the department 'Conceptional Book Art' at the University for Art and Design, Burg Giebichenstein, in Halle/Saale.


In 2005 Annette moved to England and set up her studio for unique fine bindings in East London.



She currently works on the project  ‘On a Stroll with Mrs. Woolf’



Annette Friedrich is a founding member of the artist collective club mantell,  launched in 2007 by twelve cross-disciplined artists. Aiming to expand the field of creative practice, they challenge the distinction between the ‘free’ and ‘applied’ arts. For this course of action the club mantell was honoured with The Bavarian Staatspreis in 2014.


Annette's work is held in various private and public collections, including The British Library, London, The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh and The Gutenberg Museum, Mainz in Germany. 



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:



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)