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 2019:

 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, 2019

Activity – Sometimes it’s ok to judge a book by it’s covers

We all appreciate the beauty and skill of a lovingly sewn and bound book. When that book is a richly decorated object of art within itself, there is an added dimension of pleasure and admiration to be enjoyed.

Embroidered covers grew out of a tradition of enclosing divine and devotional texts in the 14th and 15th Centuries. These exquisitely decorated covers reflected the spiritual, emotional and intellectual ideas within. They demonstrate the importance of the binding as an element in shaping responses to the text.

Over the centuries, embellished book covers have been created by both amateur and professional needleworkers alike. For the contemporary creative binder working in multi-media, embroidery and embellishment is means a of integrating different elements, literally sewing them together.

In this talk, Karen will discuss the history of the embroidered cover from the 14th century to today. She will compare traditional materials and motifs, to the materials and techniques modern binders are using today. What stitches produce effective results, where does their inspiration come from and what keeps them engaged in the process when it is so painfully slow and time-consuming.

August, 2019

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.

Activity – Surprise!!!

Ros and Vicki team up to take the group step by step into the magical world of Pop-ups. A hands-on activity with everyone making a Pop-up or two or three. Even the option of incorporating typography and illustration into the design. By the end of the evening will there be enough to fill a book or a length of paper engineering that ‘grows’ out of a box?

Guild 19 – please bring along your books for the exhibition.

October 10, 2019

Activity – Travelling tailpieces – Erika Mordek

Just as illuminators created stories around the capital letters and in the margins of the text, printers illustrated their letter blocks with stories, often taken from either the bible or from myths and legends. To fill in spaces they used ornaments called tailpieces.

With examples of specific tailpieces Erika proposes that geographical location is no hindrance to sharing of artistic information. It is hard to comprehend that people, and certainly craftsmen, travelled relatively extensively during the 16th and 17th centuries. Artisans, tradesmen and craftsman whose skills were needed often travelled vast distances in search of work. The ornamentation of printed volumes throughout can provide us with the evidence to support this statement.

December 12, 2019

Bind Challenge 2019 – Geometry

Bind Challenge, all will be revealed.

Who will receive the gift for participating in the 2019 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 19 exhibition of members work Mezzanine Gallery, Civic Library, London Circuit, Canberra City. Thursday 12 September 2019 to Saturday 5 October 2019 during normal library hours.