As to the FISAE 2nd International CGD Ex-libris Competition
Prof. Hasip Pektas*
 
It is surprising and a bit worrying that there were fewer participants in the second FISAE  International CGD (Computer Generated Design) Ex-libris Competition than in the first (2004).  It will be necessary to elucidate the reasons, to ensure that the next such competition will have a wider echo. One of the key elements will be to mobilise FISAE societies to increase the information given to art schools and computer graphics centres.
 
Ex-libris which were successful in this contest stood out because of their good content, original composition and well-chosen and integrated typography.  They drew the attention of the jury and were selected and retained because they were successful both technically and aesthetically. Even if there were numerically less submissions than last time, the good ex-libris received were sufficient to ensure that the exhibition which will be shown in Nyon, Barcelona, Ankara and Sint Niklaas will be of high quality.
 
If one reviews  the eliminated ex-libris, one sees at once that instructions and advice given to participants are rarely heeded - if they were, they would be much more successful. Probably, in some cases, it is a question of language.
 
The specifications for the competition were not read with due care.  Ex-libris which had a print area larger than 130x130 mm, items which were made for dead persons such as Yunus Emre, Orhan Kemal, Nazim Hikmet, Fikret Mualla, or Mikis Teodorakis, or for cities such as Istanbul were eliminated.  Those on which there is no indication of the person for whom it was made and those with no information on the artist were also set aside.  Homage plates or pseudo-exlibris have no functionality as bookplates. Of course it is possible for us to design ex-libris to commemorate someone dead! Simply, beyond "in memoriam Mikis Teodorakis" one should have a second indication - as to the owner of the ex-libris, for example "ex libris Hasip Pektas".  Moreover, dates of birth and death of the person commemorated can be included, but the owner of the bookplate must be a living person or an existing institution.
 
Although it is obvious that the bookplate must be designed through digital technology, a number of ex-libris made by traditional techniques without digital input were received (
intaglio prints, relief prints, etc.) and were not taken into account in the competition.
 
The fact that some of the bookplates were submitted with very low resolution levels made the recognition of visual elements and scripts harder. The jury eliminated technically weak ex-libris, ex-libris printed on bad quality paper and those printed on paper beyond A4 format.
 
Some of the participants submitted one or two prints of their ex-libris instead of 5 copies, as the rules required. Some participants forgot to include their CVís, their contact information and jpeg images of their ex-libris. Sadly, this sort of negligence leads to elimination, when maybe a lot of work has been put into the work itself.
 
I suggest that people who are interested in ex-libris should develop a passion for this field of art, study hard, be very tough on their appreciation of their own work and examine carefully a wide range of materials  in this field with due care. There is no doubt that recipes do not automatically make for success. A person who improves his work gradually and continually studies with the same enthusiasm will, with talent and time,  be successful.



First Prize
Nurdan ADIG‹ZEL
, Turkey, 70x104, 2005

 

*President of Ankara Ex-libris Society, Turkey hpektass@hacettepe.edu.tr