Victorian Bookbinders Guild

For all interested in the Art, Craft and Practice of Bookbinding                                             


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The Guild has been invited to the Mountains of Books Fair  Fernty Creek reserve Cup weekend.

We will join the book dealers  and present a display of bookbinding materials and techniques, with a few small tools and items for sale. We will demonstrate some basic techniques during the two days, open 10am to 4 pm.  There is  usually a queue at the door for opening on saturday.

I thank you all for your support this year. Your personal words of encouragement have been much appreciated, however there is a need to remain somewhat humble, so your kind words and advice on how I can do better will also help me to be balanced.

To Kirsty and Peter, both retiring from committee this year, we thank you for your work and commitment to your tasks. To our new Committee members David and Wendi, we look forward to your input to the Guild. To all our new Guild members, welcome.

Being a Visionary.

It is my task, (with the help of the committee), to look at the future of the Guild, to understand the role and place of the Guild, set some action priorities as a result, and to find ways of planning to achieve those goals. The analysis has been difficult, as the complexity of the modern world and the bulldozer of technology crushes everything in its path. It has become hard to find the time and capacity to think, let alone to act.

Have you received your newsletter either by regular mail  or by email?

We have received a number of payments for membership by direct deposit with no reference. It may mean you have been moved to the in arrears list for the newsletter.

Or it may mean we haven't registered properly your new membership. Th new online system has some difficulties of use and communication.  Send the treasurer an email if you think you may be in this category.

Or it may mean no funds have ben received for membership renewal. I am sure the treasurer will be delighted to receive your emails and funds. Many thanks.

The August 2018 Guild gathering was an interactive presentation on book structure critique, facilitated by Julian Renard.  Julian has been professionally involved with books most of his life, and has particular interests in rare books and fine bindings. 


Meetings held on 4th Tuesday of the month, except November:

 September 25:  History and Uses of Velum,     Presented by Beryl Black

October 23:      Peter Lewis   Endpapers, designing, making, installing.

November 24 (Saturday): Viewing and discussion of the Binding Challenge 2018:

Landscapes and Legends     A retrospective of the work of Sydney Nolan.

This date is also our end of year get together, most probably BBQ or picnic, venue and full details to be confirmed. With the election this day, we may revert to meeting on the regular evening Tuesday 27th.

Let us know if you have a strong preference one way or the other.

February 26, 2019: Marbling            details to be advised

Sidney Nolan Landscapes and Legends, a set text.  

  This  is the exhibiton catalogue of th retrospective exhibition 1937-1987, and consists of 176  A4 pages  in 11 sections with numerous colour and black and white pictures for inspiration.   10 copies of uncut sheets are available upon registration or you may purchase your own copy and rebind.


Tuesday 22th May 2018

Bring along your current projects and share your progress. Bring your questions, and book problems.

We will look at progress of some ideas for the Binding Challenge 2018.

Visitors welcome, 

Registrations and bookings

Previous articles of Interest from 2017

Marbling Papers  available from the Dobbins Collection.

October Meeting 2017

A Market test of a Childrens Book

Previous articles of Interest from 2017 also see menu  Articles

Marbling Papers  available from the Dobbins Collection.

October Meeting 2017

A Market test of a Childrens Book


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Tue Oct 23 @19:00 - 09:00PM
October Meeting 2018
Tue Oct 23 @19:00 - 09:00PM
November Meeting 2018

Call for Contributions

Have you recently completed a project? Our members would love to hear about it!

Please send a short paragraph and a picture to the Editor, preferably by email to so that we can include your account in our next newsletter and on our website.

We also encourage members to share their achievements and experiences at club nights. Bring along photos, drawings or examples and feel welcome to talk about these as part of the meeting.

Victorian Bookbinders Guild Inc.  Incorporated 1981     Registration No A2896  ABN: 97 853 169 281     PO Box 355, Seddon West, Victoria 3011