Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Designer Bookbinders Competition Winner Announced

Glenn Malkin has been awarded a coveted prize in the 2009 Designer Bookbinders competition.

His binding of the competition's set book, Le Grand Meaulnes, is a full lacunose design in mixed goatskin leather with onlays and blind tooling. Inside, there are full leather doublures and suede endpapers. Headbands are hand sewn in silk and the book block is decorated at the edges in acrylics. The book is presented in a custom-made drop-back box with suede lining.

The competition is held annually by the Designer Bookbinders society, which noted in its citation, "This book design represents the physical and emotional journey made by the protagonist, 'le Grand Meaulnes', illustrated by a representation of a path through a dark and remote landscape towards the promises of a distant light."

Selected entries are included in a special exhibition which this year is at the historic John Rylands Library in the centre of Manchester throughout December and January.

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