THE GATHERING, November 4 – 7, 2011

The Gathering, an event that will see the best of Australia’s fine binders descend on Canberra to share their work, their wit, their ideas, their tips and their techniques. The Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild is organising the event.   It will showcase the arts and crafts of traditional bookbinding and the skills of the fine design binder.

The aims of the Gathering are to:

  • Promote traditional bookbinding and to develop fine binding and contemporary decoration techniques, and,
  • Meet fellow binders, to exchange ideas and to share information.

Lectures and demonstrations will cover aspects of traditional hand binding and contemporary design.   They will include:

Inlays and OnlaysUse of Various Cloth MaterialsThe Lumbeck Machine Mark IIIDesigning the TitleMonastic Scriptorium, Celtic Art & Book Production Tooling – gold and blindFrench HeadbandsLeather ParingEdge DecorationMedieval Structures

Welcome drinks, a dinner cruise on the lake, and a barbecue are planned.

A few places available, registration and payment date extended to 30 September 2011.

Program Outline  Friday 4 November 2011,  5 – 7 pm
Early registration and welcome drinks at the venue.  Rheinberger Centre, Cnr Weston & Loch Streets, Yarralumla

Saturday 5 November 2011
8 – 9 am        Registration

9 – 5 pm        Lectures and demonstrations

7 – 10 pm     Gathering Dinner, Southern Cross Yacht Club, Cruise around Lake Burley Griffin

Sunday 6 November 2011
9 – 5 pm       Lectures and demonstrations

7 pm             BBQ

Monday 7 November 2011
Tour of Canberra to places of interest to bookbinders including books from the rare book collection at the National Library of Australia and a visit to the Canberra Bookbinders Guild exhibition.

Displays During the conference there will be displays of techniques, tools and equipment.

Trade Tables Will be open during breaks for suppliers to display their wares.

Books in sheets will also be on sale.

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