Librarian John Scally, Claudia
Some of the finest examples of modern day bookbinding are on display at the National Library of Scotland until 8 March. The Library is displaying all the entries to the 2014 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition, which attracts binders from all over Europe.
Organised by the Library, the competition is one of the book industry's most prestigious design awards. It is now in its 22nd year and encourages the practice and development of both creative and craft binding skills which display individual expression and originality.
Winners of the 2014 awards have now been announced:
- Best craft binding — Nicky Oliver, London
- Best creative binding — Claudia Richter, Germany
- Best craft binding, student award — Pilar Herreros de Tejada, Spain
- Best creative binding, student award — Geert Stevens, Belgium
Entries are bound exclusively for the competition and a prize of £1,200 went to the main award winners, while the student award winners received £600. All entries, along with the winning bindings, are now on display in the Library's entrance hall at George IV Bridge until Sunday 8 March.
The Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition began in 1993 to recognise excellence in the field of craft bookbinding. Mrs Elizabeth A Clark (formerly Soutar) of Moray sponsored the award until her death in 2008. Thanks to a bequest from her, the competition continues.
The winning entries are donated to the Library's growing collection of modern craft bindings.
25 February 2015