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Drop-in Sat 11 Nov

9.00 – 12.30, Room 3 Hughes Community Centre, Hughes, ACT.
Be shown and assisted in the technique of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper

Come along be with other binders and share and learn together.

Need assistance with your bookbinding project, there will be help on hand.


Only $5, towards hiring the room.
Everyone welcome.
Drop-in Saturday dates 2019
  9 March
11 May
13 July
14 Sept
  9 Nov

Workshop – Case binding with decorative stitching

Waiting list

Learn to make a case bound book with decorative stitching.

Saturday 21 July 2018,  9.00am – 5.00pm, in the Hall, Hughes Community Centre

Cost $110 ($70 for Guild members)


To book a place, please register at  [email protected]

Skill level: Beginners and others welcome

Be guided through techniques to create a case bound book that opens flat with decorative stitching on the spine. You will be taught to use a variety of tools and the basics of contemporary fine binding. What you will learn can be applied to many binding styles for artist books and contemporary fine bindings.

Materials will be supplied.

A list of what to bring will be provided following registration.

Colleen Curry Workshops – Full

Bookarts, Canberra and Andersen’s Bindery, Sydney are hosting workshops in 2018 by Coleen Curry from USA

Coleen Curry has exhibited internationally and her work is held in many private collections. She studied at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) with Monique Lallier and graduated in 2009 with a diploma in fine binding.    Coleen has won international bookbinding prizes and her work has been exhibited around the globe.

Canberra Workshop

Articulated Leather Staple Binding –  5 days

Workshop in Canberra and Sydney

Leather Manipulation Techniques – 3 Days

Sydney Workshop

Staple Binding in Stone Veneer – 5 days

Date: April 2018

Register now:

  • Canberra workshops please contact Joy Tonkin at [email protected]
  • Sydney workshops visit Andersen’s Bindery

Raised Bands – 2016 issues on website

The 6 issues of Raised Bands published in 2016 can now be downloaded from the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild website.  Click on the Newsletter tab from the home page, scroll down and the covers of the newsletter will come into view.

Or copy this link into your web browser.


Code X: contemporary fine binding

Names, Words, Witch’s Symbols

9 February – 25 March 2017


In association with 2017 Australian National Conference of Bookbinders

The best work of international bookbinders paired with the best work of Australia’s established bookbinders and ‘rising stars’ to change perceptions

about the craft of bookbinding and to demonstrate how traditional craft skills can be used to produce dynamic and vibrant contemporary works.

XVl Annual Exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders – Art Gallery of NSW


This exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders focuses on contemporary practice in the art form known as Design Binding. On display are over 40 books with unique bindings created by 33 artists; 22 from Australia ( 7 Canberra Guild members), joined this year by 11 from Estonia. Members are Dario Castello, Fabienne Devillard-Nicolaj, Erika Mordek, John Tonkin, Joy Tonkin, Terence Uren and Vicki Woolley.

Pics from opening night here.

7 Nov – 14 Dec 2013  Tue–Sat only

Tue, Thu, Fri 10am–4pm
Wed 10am–6.30pm
Sat 12-4pm

Free admission

Research library and archive



Handwritten, Handbound Exhibition 19 Oct – 11 Nov

Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild & Canberra Calligraphy Society two crafts combining in stunning ways.

Opening Friday 19 October 6.00pm

Meet the artists Sunday 28 October 3.00pm

Demonstrations throughout the exhibition by the exhibiting artists

Workshop – Paper Book and Bauble with Eva Schroeder

      Sunday 11 November> 1:30–4:30pm

Belconnen Arts Centre 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen and is open between 10:00am-   5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday.

More info

The Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of the hand-bound book, and this sumptious survey of works will feature our best in both traditional bookbinding designs and more contemporary alternative bindings. Members of the Canberra Calligraphy Society are passionate about the beauty of letters; their works will illustrate older, traditional scripts used in pre-printing years, modern scripts and artistic ways of interpreting words.