Congratulations to British designer Dominic Riley who has just won the top award at the 2nd International Bookbinding Competition. His award was titled the Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize 2013 and was presented in a ceremony at Oxford. The prize was set up in 2009 to recognise craftsmanship and creativity in the art of bookbinding. This year is the second time it has been held.
The theme was William Shakespeare and Dominic produced a binding made of brown and black goatskin which depicts the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. His work has been donated to the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. The winning bindings will be on special two-month long public display at the Bodleian which will also include another fifty-four submissions. – See more from the Bodleian Library: Winners of Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize 2013 announced. The competition display will travel to another 10 countries over the next 8 months.
Dominic has been my mentor and inspiration for so many things in bookbinding since 2009. This couldn’t have happened to a finer craftsman. All the bindings in the competition can be seen at the Designer Bookbinders’ International Competition site.