Belgian entrant wins bookbinding competition

Binding by Julia van Mechelen
The winning
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Julia van Mechelen from Belgium is the overall winner in the National Library of Scotland's annual international bookbinding competition for 2005.

One of the book industry's most prestigious design events, the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is in its 13th year, and attracts entries from across the UK and Europe. It aims to encourage originality and creativity in craft binding, as well as helping to advance the practice and development of craft binding skills.

Described by the judges as 'outstanding', the winning entry is a goatskin binding of Over Boeken, and displays a very high standard of craftsmanship and design.

Clara Schmidt from Germany is the student winner, while another German entrant, Andrea Odametey, received a commendation.

You can read further details in our press release and view images of all the bindings online. There's more information about NLS competitions on our Awards page.

16 January 2006

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