Bookbinding awards

Art of bookbinding celebrated at National Library of Scotland

Bookbinders from Spain and England have triumphed at one of the book industry's most sought-after design competitions from the National Library of Scotland (NLS).

The Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is now in its 21st 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 2013 awards were announced on Monday, February 24. They are:

  • Best Craft Binding — Carolina Lombilla, Spain
  • Best Creative Binding — Isabel Boutry, Spain
  • Best Creative Binding, student award — Angel Ursino, Spain
  • Best Craft Binding, student award — Richard Beadsmoore, London.

All entries are bound exclusively for the competition which attracted a total of 22 entries this year. A prize of £1,200 went to the main award winners, while the student award winners received £600. The winning bindings along with all other entries will be on public display in the entrance hall of NLS, George 1V Bridge, Edinburgh until March 7.

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.

Entries are exclusively bound for the competition, using materials chosen by the entrant. It is a condition of the award that the winning entry is donated to the Library's growing collection of modern craft bindings.

The NLS Deputy Librarian, Darryl Mead said: 'Bookbinding is often thought to be a dying art, but the continuing popularity of this competition, together with the high level of skill it demonstrates, disproves that notion. It is a privilege for the National Library of Scotland to support the work of the modern generation of bookbinders.'

26 February 2014




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