Membership of the Guild
Membership of the Victorian Bookbinders Guild, Inc
Aims of the Guild:
The Guild aims to foster and develop skills in bookbinding, book making and book arts, including creative arts, traditional skills, and conservation practices.
Membership is financial year 1 July to 30 June.
Cost $50.00 per single $60.00 per family.
Applications should be made on the online web form or on printed forms at the meetings.
Members meetings usually February, March, May , July, September, November. ( this is a change from previous years)
The meetings are 4th Tuesday of the meeting months, at 7 pm. Our regular meeting place is West Hawthorn Uniting Church 5 Grove Rd West Hawthorne, parking at the rear.
Meetings usually consist of Book Clinic where we examine books in need of repair, or for guidance of design ideas. Where possible guest speakers, and guest demonstrators will attend meetings. Often meetings have a special mini workshop component, or members sharing a particular technique, or a preview of workshops.
The Guild has an extensive library of books on various aspects of bookbinding. These are available to members attending the meetings.
The Guild runs a members materials buying scheme which endeavours to make available to members, materials and supplies which may not be freely available in small quantities. The service operates at the meetings. Also materials made available to the Guild by donations are offered in this service.
At the AGM each year we elect the committee for the following year. Only Members may vote at the annual General Meeting usually held at the July Meeting, and serve on the committee.
We also host a buy swap and sell event, usually at the AGM, to make materials and equipment available to members, and to allow members to sell excess materials.
Other special meetings may be held as social meetings, meetings with other groups, and special interest events.
Workshops are conducted upon demand, and preference will be given to members for positions in the workshops. At times , overseas or visiting speakers will conduct workshops to increase the range of skills available to members. Workshops are priced on the basis of the cost of the service, materials and hall rental. At times workshops are offered in different locations. A number of beginners first class workshops are offered at subsidised prices to members, and are offered as demand dictates.
At various times open bindery opportunities may be available in members binderies, to allow access to equipment not usually available at West Hawthorn Uniting Church, due to storage limitations.