Victorian Bookbinders Guild

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


We had a great time as your committee representing Bookbinders at the Clunes Booktown  May5 2019. Official statistics were 15000 attended in the 2 days.  We spent our time  doing various book making tasks, case binding boxes, book stitching, and gold blocking. We gave away over 100 bookmarks with personal gold blocked  names  to the people who stopped by for a discussion.  See more about  Gold Blocking  hands on in the March 2019 meeting at West Hawthorn Uniting Church.

the guild at clunes 

 Debra making boxes, Mary making book block, David holding the Marvels of the Universe, Jim at rear left  blocking bookmarks while Helen watches, Tim explaining stitching to 2 visitor on the right.


Made a book but no label? Now is your chance to plan a label, and come along a make the label with either cloth, paper or some leather. Check out the additions to the post at the bottom of the file

An enjoyable April  meeting , though numbers were light due to the date change and all the holidays pending. Book clinic was a feature 

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Lecture.

  A History of Paper as a Transformative Medium: from Ancient China to Contemporary Australia

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Bloom - Norma Jean Calderwood Professor, Islamic and Asian Art, emeritus, Boston College and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Date          14/03/2019    Time   6:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, the University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic, 3010

A reception will be held immediately following the lecture in the Atrium Foyer of the Arts West Building from 7.45pm-8.30pm.

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The Bread and Cheese Club Tuesday 26th at 7pm
A great time hearing to what appears to be one of the early forms of The Modern Men's shed. Some history, discussion, book clinic, historical items to review, 4 new members, 2 visitors swelled the numbers and a great atmosphere.

Explore the world of mixed media

Geelong Fibre Forum

29th September to 5th October, 2019,

Dont miss out on these great classes still

available at Geelong Fibre Forum this year..

Jen Crossley - Creative World of Mixed Media Mayhem

Welcome to 2019. Our first meeting was an enjoyable time. Weather held up, a little breezy bit comfortable  Members plus visitors made 16 all up, a great number with a couple of  young students really enjoying the creativity of the dye, paper, messy medium mix.

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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. 


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