Events and News


Regular Guild meetings are held at 7:30pm at the Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street, Hughes on the second Thursday of every alternate month: February, April, June, August, October, December.

Meeting outlines for 2018:

 February 14, 2019

BIND CHALLENGE 2019 announced.

Activity – Binding styles – Gothic onwards

Robin Tait looks at the history of books and the binding styles and decoration used in their creation. Examples will be on display, the designs of which can be applied to your newest creations be they traditional or modern.

Member Robin Tait a Book/Paper Conservator specialising in fine hand binding, design binding and the conservation of old and rare books. Robin has worked in a number of Australian public institutions as a Paper and Book Conservator and established The Tait Bindery.

April 11, 2019

Activity – Binding style – Secret Belgian Binding

Guy Begbie used this style in his work in the Code X exhibition in Canberra in 2017. It inspired members to research this style. Learn from their research and assist with stitching a book at the meeting.

This binding style was invented by Belgian binder Anne Goy in the early 80’s. She call it “crisscross binding”. This is a method of bookbinding that uses a primary and a secondary sewing, resulting in a distinct thread pattern on the cover and spine of the finished book. The primary sewing is used to create the textblock. The secondary sewing is used to bind the textblock to the cover boards.

June, 2018

Activities – Books and paper …

Sewn in boards  –  Wendy Taylor is giving us an introduction to Gary Frost’s sewn in boards book. This is an elegant adaptation of an ancient method of board attachment where a stiffened board becomes the outer signature and forms the cover.  It opens completely flat and looks like a modern case binding.  Quick and easy to make and uses very little adhesive – so no long waiting times for it to dry.

Momigami paper – Ros Humphreys recently visited Japan. Ros will show us how to make our own ‘momi’ (means kneaded literally in Japanese) gami paper. It is so strong that it is not only suitable for covers in book binding but for making clothes.

Artist book – Kim Sinclair is bringing her artist copy of the fine press book The Spirit Within Australia: The Land and The People. Works from the book were in a recent exhibition at Photo Access, Griffith.

August, 2018

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

Erika at St Brides  – The London Rare Book summer school is an opportunity to learn about not only historical bindings but about other aspects of bookbinding, such as the trade of books, children’s books through the ages and notably this year two new courses, one on the history of paper making and one on the blocks and plates used by printers.

Erika’s current research is on printer’s initials and ornaments in books. She will show us of her time at St Bride’s printing workshops and run us through some of the hands-on experiences she had with historical printing presses.

Guild 18 – please bring along your books for the exhibition.

October, 2018

Activities – Share and learn

So many enjoyed the last share and learn at the April meeting let’s do it again.

Suggestions of what you might like to bring:

Work from workshops – Colleen Curry, Articulated Leather Staple Binding and Leather manipulation. Nicky and Vicki, Case Binding Decorative Stitching.

Favourite resource – Book (does the number of post-it notes indicate a favourite)

Unusual/favourite equipment (too large to bring, photograph on your ipad/phone)

Sneak peak of a book in the making

and Postcard from Pohnpei – Erika Mordek

December 14, 2018

Bind Challenge 2018 – Wordless but expressive…

Bind Challenge, all will be revealed.

Who will receive the gift for participating in the 2018 challenge ? Enjoy light refreshments while members speak about the design, materials, binding style and the making of their entry in the ‘pop up’ exhibition.


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GUILD 18 exhibition of members work Mezzanine Gallery, Civic Library, London Circuit, Canberra City. Thursday 13 September 2018 to Saturday 6 October 2018 during normal library hours.