Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition Winners Announced

Last Friday list of winners of this year’s Designer Bookbinders Annual Competition was announced. Most of the names are familiar to those following the competition through the years.

This year’s ‘Set Book’ was 1984 by George Orwell. Competition is open to any residents of the UK and Fellows of Designer Bookbinders.

2015 Winners

The Mansfield Medal for Best Book in the Competition

Luke Hornus

Folio Society prize for the Set Book

1st Prize: Luke Hornus
2nd Prize: Clare Bryan

The Clothworkers’ Prize for Open Choice Book

1st Prize: Kaori Maki (Facebook)
2nd Prize: Pamela Richmond

The Sally Lou Smith Prize for Forwarding

Ben Elbel (Facebook)

Prize for Finishing given by St Bride Foundation

Kaori Maki

The Arthur Johnson Award (judged by Bernard Middleton)

Ann Tout

The Elizabeth Greenhill award for Gold Tooling

Not Awarded

The Ash Rare Books Lettering award

Daniel Wray

The J. Hewit & Sons prize

Kaori Maki

The Harmatan Leather Ltd prize

Patrick Gibbins

The Judges’ award (donated by Maggs Bros)

Sarah Ruddick

The Shepherds prize for Book Arts

Miranda Kemp

Four Highly Commended Certificates (given by Antiquarian Booksellers Association)

Bec Britain
Andrew Brown
Adelene Koh (Facebook)
Glenn Malkin (Facebook)

I’d like to congratulate all the winners and give my respect to all the participants of the competition. At the same time I want to particularly note three people: Clare Bryan, Patrick Gibbins and Sarah Ruddick have won the Designer Bookbinders prize for the first time (Sarah Ruddick have received a Highly Commended Certificate last year).

More photos are available at the following Facebook accounts:

You can see all these books and other entries from 27th November until 10th December 2015 at:

St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane
Fleet Street

The opening hours are:

Monday – Friday 12 – 6pm (Thursday 3rd December 12 – 8pm.)

If you want to participate in the next competition, you can find more information at the Designer Bookbinders web site. All other applicants may participate in the International Completion. Unfortunately, you are late for the Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2017. Application process was closed in the end of October, 2015.

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