Paul Johnson – A Suitcase Full of Pop-Up Books Talk


 FRIDAY, 18 MARCH 2011  AT 7.30 PM


The Guild is sponsoring a talk by Paul Johnson, internationally known UK book artist and educator.  The Committee hope that as many members as possible will attend Paul’s talk.  His talks are known to be entertaining and informative.

He will be speaking about the power of the book as an aesthetic and architectural form.  He will discuss its fascination for both children and adults as he pulls a library’s worth of pop-up books out of a single suitcase.

Paul is internationally recognized as a paper and book artist and regularly teaches and exhibits in the UK and the US.  He is equally well known for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts.  He is author of numerous books including A Book of One’s Own, Literacy through the Books Arts and Pictures and Words Together.  His present trip includes workshops in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Orange and he will be speaking to teachers’ groups at Wollongong University and in Tasmania. 

His movable books are in the collections of the Tate, Cooper-Hewett Museum in New York, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, among other institutions. His work was selected for Stand and Deliver – an exhibition of editioned movable books which recently toured the USA.  He exhibits widely and is on the UK Craft Council’s select list of British  designer-makers.

Paul will have many of his editioned books at the talk as well as some of his books on developing literacy.  Anyone wanting more information on his editioned books or his books on literacy should go to


Trad_Alt – entries selected by Di Fogwell

Di Fogwell has selected the following entries:

(a) best traditional Binding

 Rosemary Jeffers-Palmer

“Along the Track with Crosbie Morrison” (Catalogue No.11)

(b) best alternative binding

 Terence Uren

“Leaves of Irony” (Catalogue No.23)

(c) judge’s two personal favourites

 Dario Castello

“The Two Fires”

for the cover (Catalogue No.34)

Helen Jensma

“Worms Wood Book”

for inspiration/imagination (Catalogue No. 37)

Wood Worm Book

Trad_Alt, 1-14 October 2010, Exhibition of books, Civic library

Members of the public are invited to attend the Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild exhibition of both traditional and non traditional bindings by members of the Guild.  You will find the books and their bindings of interest from an art and craft perspective and many of the books are innovative in their bindings.  Many members of the Guild have exhibited successfully overseas and interstate.

The exhibition is open at the library during the following times:

Monday: 8.30 – 5.30    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:  10 – 5.30

Friday: 11 – 7 pm   Saturday: 9 – 4 pm.

180 London Circuit,  Canberra City, ACT

 If you are interested in finding out more about bookbinding activities such as meetings and workshops in Canberra you can go to or email [email protected].


The Story Is The Thing – Exhibition

ACT Writers Centre’s Exhibition of Artists Books 27 May – 6 June

Opening night Thursday 27 May 2010 5.30 – 7.00pm

Exhibition opening
Stories are told

Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 117 Reed St Greenway (overlooking the Lake)

Tuesday to Friday 10am -5pm, Saturday and Sundays 1pm-4pm.

Plan to spend some time at the exhibition because there are so many fascinating books to look at and wonderful stories to read.

The ACT Writers Centre has sponsored an exhibition which challenges the idea of what is a book. In this exhibition books themselves are works of art, yet they still explicitly tell stories. The handmade books being exhibited are diverse, interesting and of a consistently high quality. They have been made by local, interstate and overseas book artists. Includes books by CCBG members.

There is a wide range of book forms in the exhibition from traditionally bound books (such as Barb Adams and Libby Thomas’s book Unfinished Lives) to less traditional forms (such as Eric Davies’ japanese style bound journal about Canberra) and also books in sculptural forms made from non-traditional materials. The subject matter of the stories ranges from sombre subjects like death (such as Maureen Piggins’ concertina book Echo) to delightful children’s stories (such as Susan Bonthron’s book Hen & Duck Get Slim).

The exhibition was curated by Jane Schauer with advice from Caren Florance. Many of the books being shown are for sale.

Vicki W


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