Meetings are at the Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street, Hughes

Evening meetings are held at 7:30pm – 9:30pm on the second Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Morning meetings are held 9:30am to 12:30pm on the second Saturday of March, May, July, September and November.

Meeting program for 2022:

 February 10, 2022 – Thursday

Activity  Panel discussion –  What can I bind ?

March 12, 2022 – Saturday

Activity Miniature books and boxes –  applying techniques to make books and boxes in miniature. What is different to making an A5 or larger book?

April 14, 2022 – Thursday

Activity – Portrait of a Book

Why would we photograph our books ?

What could we capture in an image ?

  • a book as one object
  • the detailed parts of the book
  • a book’s personality


Get some tips on photographing 3 dimensional objects like books.

  • some challenges of photographing your books
  • how to overcome them

Please bring along your phone and/or camera and a book or two that you would like to photograph, as there will be an area of the room set up for photography.

May 14, 2022 – Saturday

Activity – Make our own Bookcloth

We will discuss, demonstrate and make our own bookcloth.

During the morning we will explore these questions:

  • Why make your own bookcloth ?
  • What are suitable fabrics ?
  •  What would be ways to use the bookcloth ?


Please bring along examples of books and boxes (completed and/or under construction) where you have used fabric.


June 9, 2022 – Thursday

Activity – Boxes – an art in themselves

             First up, a panel style discussion with an assortment of examples exploring:

    • Are boxes an invitation to look inside ?
    • Why would you make a box ?
    • What would you put in a box ?
    • Are boxes an extension of the book ?

Followed by show and tell – Please bring along your boxes.

July 9, 2022 – Saturday

Activity – Make a slipcase (in Ten Minutes ?)

Slip cases and chemises coverings for books.

The ‘ten minute slipcase’ is one of the simplest forms, made of one piece of lightweight card, with no decoration or covering. It can be lightweight because it works in cooperation with the book itself, which acts as a firm support filling for the case.

The slipcase really is very quick to make. Ten minutes may be a misnomer but even a novice should be able to make one in less than 40 minutes.

August 11, 2022 – Thursday 

AGM: Please make sure your membership is current and discuss the achievements of your Guild and what’s in store in the year ahead.

Activity – AGM will be followed by a conversation with Linda Newbown aka Boundary Press, bookbinder / bookarts adventurer. Linda will be showing us her bindings and the stories of their creation. She will describe her participation and responses to Are You Book Enough, a monthly artists’ book challenge.

September 10, 2022 – Saturday

Activity- Pulling books – taking the binding apart

One source of books to bind is old books pulled apart.

The best books to start with are ones that are section-sewn and hollow back case bound (you can see the ends of the sections and can see light down between the spine covering and the bookblock when you open the book out).

October 13, 2022 – Thursday

Activity-  Join Lyndell Dobbs in a conversation about her 3 books, all different binding styles that are in Guild 22, and make a miniature book (flower fold binding) similar to Lyndell’s in the exhibition.

An email has been sent to members with the list of What to bring

November 12, 2022 – Saturday

Activity- Creating a Medieval Binding

Over the next four or so “Saturday Meetings” we will be exploring the binding structures of a Medieval book.

By physically reconstructing the form we will gain an understanding of the functional characteristics, the process of sewing the codex, attaching wooden boards and working with leather.

We would be interested to see any example of Medieval bindings members have constructed in the past, and hear your thoughts about the process.

This we will be folding the text block and stitching a practice head band. Materials will be provided.

We see these meetings as a collective learning experience and encourage members to do their own research and share their findings.

An email has been sent to members with more details about this binding project.

December 8, 2022 – Thursday

Bind Challenge 2022 – TEN

Bind Challenge, pop up exhibition and talks by binders.

Who will receive the gift for participating in the 2022 challenge ? Members share their stories about the design, materials, binding style and the making of their entry in the ‘pop up’ exhibition.


Check out our dedicated Workshops page.


GUILD 22 members exhibition 9 September – 3 October 2022, Mezzanine Level, Civic Library.