Access Keys Home Page What's New? Site Map Search Our Website FAQ Help Code of Service Copyright Contact Us A-Z Subject Browse

Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2005

Binding by Julia van Mechelen

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.

Binding by Clara Schmidt

The winners of the 2005 competition are Julia van Mechelen for a binding on the book Over Boeken (First Prize), and Clara Schmidt (Student Prize) for a binding of Strahlender Untergang.

Such was the high standard of the competition it was decided to commend the binding submitted by Andrea Odametey for her work on the book Das Gemalte Zimmer.

   View all entries