DISPLAY: Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2013

11 June 2013 10 August 2013


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Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2013Following the success of the first International Bookbinding Competition, held in 2009, the Bodleian Library and Designer Bookbinders with the generous support of Sir Paul Getty are delighted to display the highlights of the 2013 Second International Competition. This year binders were asked to bind a book of their own choosing on a Shakespearean theme. Over 250 binders took up the challenge and 82 of the resulting bindings are on display in the entrance to the Bodleian Library this summer. Competition entrants representing thirty-one countries offered highly creative and surprisingly diverse interpretations on the subject of the Great Bard. There were 25 entries shortlisted as distinguished winners.

Recognizing the best of craftsmanship and creativity in the contemporary art of bookbinding, the first prize was awarded to Dominic Riley from the United Kingdom for a binding made of brown and black goatskin which depicts the story of Pyramus and Thisbe in a landscape of a forest lit by the full moon with the names of the lovers half hidden in the stars. 

The second prize went to Eduardo Giménez from Spain for the binding named This Solid Globe. Bound in full black calfskin, the cover is made of dyed maple veneer onlays and wood lettering insets in the shape of a wooden ‘O’ as a reference to The Globe Theatre building. 

At this year’s edition, a special student prize has been awarded for the first time to Yuri Nomura from Japan  for a binding made of Japanese stab box spine structure covered in green and black goatskin with onlays of various gilt and coloured onlays and Japanese traditional Urushi lacquered areas shaped in Shakespeare’s initials ‘W’ and ‘S’.

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm




This event is listed under: Displays; Free events
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