Bookbinding skills celebrated at National Library
The centuries-old craft of bookbinding has been celebrated at the National Library of Scotland in a competition that has attracted entries from across Europe.
The Elizabeth Soutar bookbinding competition — now in its 24th year — demonstrates that a wealth of talent continues to exist in the skilled art of hand binding and book design.
The entries came from eight countries, ranging from Finland to Spain, and the winners were:
- Best creative binding — Nicky Oliver, London, UK
- Best craft binding — Claudia Richter, Germany
- Best creative binding, student award — Geert Stevens, Belgium
- Best craft binding, student award — Pilar Herreros de Tejada, Spain.
A prize of £1,200 went to each of 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 the Library at George IV Bridge, Edinburgh until 7 March.
'This competition has been supporting the art of hand bookbinding for almost a quarter of a century and is helping to ensure that these skills are not only kept alive but flourish,' said National Librarian Dr John Scally. 'It takes years of training to reach the level of expertise demonstrated by the entrants in this year's competition and we congratulate them all.'
Mrs Elizabeth A Clark (formerly Soutar) of Moray sponsored the award from 1993 until her death in 2008. Thanks to a bequest from her, the competition continues. The aim of the competition is to assist in the advancement of the practice and development of craft binding skills and, most importantly, to encourage originality and creativity in craft binding, both from existing and new practitioners.
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27 February 2017