National Library of Scotland Bookbinding Competition 2002

The National Library of Scotland's Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition aims to encourage the practice and development of craft binding skills which display individual expression and originality. This international competition attracts entrants from all over continental Europe as well as from the UK - an indication of its ever-growing prestige. The winning entries join the Library's collection of fine bindings.

Competition entrants submit a 'craft binding' using materials of their own choice, on a publication on a subject and in a language of their own choice. In addition to assessing the quality of the craft skills applied, the judges look, in particular, for originality and expression in the cover design.

The winners of the 2002 competition are James Thorburn, for a binding on the book Dreaming the Gokstadt (First Prize), and Katarina Smedberg, who won Best Student Prize for a binding of Fröken Julie.

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Overall Winner: James Thorburn

Student Winner: Katarina Smedberg