2012 bookbinding award winners

Bookbinders triumph at National Library

Bookbinders from Spain and the Netherlands have triumphed in one of the book industry's most prestigious design competitions, organised by the National Library of Scotland.

The Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is now in its 20th year and attracts binders from all over Europe. It aims to encourage the practice and development of both creative and craft binding skills which display individual expression and originality.

The winners of the 2012 awards were announced on Tuesday 5 February. They are:

  • Best Craft Binding — Juan Antonio Fernandez Argenta, Spain
  • Best Creative Binding — Pilar Calahorra, Spain
  • Best Creative Binding, student award — Raul Garcia de Madinabeitia, Spain
  • Best Craft Binding, student award — Annie van Bruggen-Mevissen, Netherlands.

A prize of £1,200 went to the main award winners, while the student award winners received £600. The winning bindings will be on public display in the exhibition area of NLS at George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, until 26 February.

The NLS Deputy Librarian, Darryl Mead, who helped to judge the competition, said: 'It is a great privilege for the National Library of Scotland to host this competition which attracts interest from all over Europe. The craft of bookbinding dates from the 15th century, when printed books first started to appear, but this competition demonstrates that the skills are still very much alive today.'


See also our bookbinding winners news story

7 February 2013

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