When Water was selected as the set book for the 2009 Designer Binder International Binding Conference, we decided we wanted to give our own award in addition to the traditional awards given by the DBs. Marja Wilgencamp’s interpretation of our watery theme, conceived during endless days of November rain, was inspired by the colours beyond the window when seen fractured by rivulets of rain on the glass. The cover is built up of paper and museum boards, using a collage of small torn Arches paper strips, edges painted in watery colours, and strips from monoprints. Five water drops appear in relief on the front cover. The photo does not do full justice to this beautiful example of a designer binding.