A bookbinder from Belgium has won the 2003 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Award at the National Library of Scotland. Jan Camps's binding for La Galata is described by one of the judges as showing 'magnificent workmanship and impressive design features', and will take its place in our growing collection of modern bindings. The award is given in recognition of the most original and creative use of skills applied in craft binding, and has been organised annually since 1993. A strong field of 15 entries for the latest competition was drawn from Scotland and mainland Europe. The student prize went to Berdien Van Lieshout from the Netherlands, while Victoria Roberts (Scotland) and Suzanne Natterer (Germany) were commended in the main category.
Presentations were made at a ceremony on Wednesday 18 February, and all the entries (which can be seen online) will be on display in the Library during March.
19 February 2004