Victorian Bookbinders Guild

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

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  • 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.

  • Guild Meeting May 2018 Discussions of ideas for the Binding Challege

    Design Ideas   a presentation at the May Meeting by Jim Finger

    Our Binding Challenge for the year is  the unbound sheets of Nolan  Landscapes and Legends,  A retrospective. This work looks at the art of Sydney Noland as displayed at an exhibition in theNational Gallery of Vctoria in 1987.025A2060 x

    The idea of this presentation was to generate discussion and stimulate interaction and ideas as to how we design the book, and how we design books in general. Its very easy to learn a method of making a book and then just keep using the same method. Its harder to learn new methods, and then do enough work to be reasonably proficient in that method, before we move on to the next new thing.  But its again harder again to generate a fusion of the two, to marry the creative ideas  with the best techniques, so then end result is attractive, communicative and functional. At least it is for me  so I think maybe others have the same challenges.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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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