Dominic Riley: Visiting Instructor Wins UK Top Award of £10,000 at Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize 2013 Ceremony.

British designer, and SFCB visiting instructor, Dominic Riley has won the top award of £10,000 ($15,670.89) at the second Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize 2013 ceremony.

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The binding that won the top award.

Given the theme of William Shakespeare, Riley 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.
Eduardo Gimenez took second place for This Solid Globe and will be exhibited with other winners until 10 August. Second placed Gimenez was inspired by the Globe.
The prize was set up in 2009 to recognise craftsmanship and creativity in the contemporary art of bookbinding. This year is the second time it has been held.

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SFCB Visiting Instructor Dominic Riley

Competition entrants represented 31 countries. A special student prize was awarded to Yuri Nomura from Japan for a binding in green and black goatskin with lacquered areas shaped in Shakespeare’s initials W and S. Yuri Nomura was inspired by traditional Japanese binding.
There were 25 entries shortlisted as distinguished winners who received a silver Shakespeare nib, engraved with their name.
Stephen Conway, President of Designer Bookbinders, said: “The eclectic diversity of styles and influences demonstrated by the competition entries moves bookbinding in new and exciting directions.”
After the exhibition in Oxford, the competition display will travel to another ten venues around the world including Estonia, Spain and Japan.

About Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned book restorer, fine binder, teacher and film maker. He undertakes work for institutions, book dealers and collectors, and his work is in many important collections worldwide. Now celebrating twenty-five years as a bookbinder, he learnt his craft at the London College of Printing and has worked at binderies in London, New York and San Francisco. He co-founded the bookbinding program at SFCB in 1996, an returns each year to teach. He has won many prizes for his Design Bindings, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in the DB competition in 2007. He travels widely across the UK and USA teaching bookbinding master classes and lecturing. He is Vice-Chairman of the Society of Bookbinders and was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. He has written and presented two full-length films, one about the life and work of well-loved teacher Maureen Duke, and the other a celebration of England’s best known bookbinder, Bernard Middleton. He has his bindery in the Lake District in England, with fellow bookbinder Michael Burke.

•    Studied with Paul Delrue, 1985-7, and London College of Printing, 1988-90.
•    1990-2001 lived in California. Past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. With John DeMerritt had TV show, The Book Boys.
•    Self employed since 1994. Joined by Michael Burke 1996. Taught at University of California and across USA for the Guild of Bookworkers. Co-founded binding programme at the San Francisco Center for the Book, 1996. Returns each summer to teach and lecture.
•    Moved to the Lake District in 2001. Teaches at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, at Burton Manor, and at home.
•    Ten prizes in DB Bookbinding Competition 2001-7, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in 2007.
•    Licentiate of DB in 2003, Fellow in 2008.
•    Vice Chairman of Society of Bookbinders, co-founder of SoB Seminar and DB/SoB workshop series.
•    Demonstrated at SoB conferences in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Gives workshops across the UK for SoB.
•    Presenter of Seventy Years in Bookbinding: a Portrait of Bernard Middleton, (2008).
•    Has published articles Gold Leaf (Hand Bookbinders of California); Ampersand (Pacific Center for the Book Arts); Biblio magazine; Illustrator magazine; Bookbinder (SoB) and The New Bookbinder (DB).
•    Accredited lecturer with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).
•    Bindings in collections in the USA and UK, including the British Library and the Rylands Library in Manchester.
•    “I enjoy all aspects of bookbinding, from restoration to teaching and Design Binding. Restoration is hugely challenging, and is surgical in its approach. Teaching is about giving back, but it also keeps the craft alive. If you have a passion, you must pass it on. Design Binding is the way we get to be artists, but is also the most mentally taxing. I have created forty or so Design Bindings since 2001, and now make about eight a year.

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