What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in bookbinding, book crafts, artist books, and handmade books in general. All skill levels are welcome. Throughout the year, we'll cover a huge variety of different bookbinding styles, demonstrating and practicing everything from handstitched leatherbound notebooks, to folded paper mini-books, to Japanese stab-bound books, to Coptic-sewn sketchbooks/scrapbooks, and everything in between. I started this group to meet other bookbinding/book-crafts enthusiasts, and to bring us together on a regular basis to encourage sharing of our bookbinding projects, ideas and skills. Monthly Masterclass workshops will also be on offer (all materials, templates, and instructions provided; costing between $50-$120pp for a 4hr weekend workshop) for anyone keen to learn new techniques from a professional bookbinding tutor.

Upcoming events (4+)

'4107 Bayside Open Studios' event - BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP: Leatherbound journals

As part of the inaugral '4107 Bayside Open Studios' event...

Bookbinding workshop:
Leatherbound journal (Cross-structure binding)

Saturday 30 October 2021, 9am-1pm

Naracoopa Gallery & Artist Studio
60 Phillips St
Bracken Ridge, QLD 4017

Learn how to make a classic leatherbound journal, with your choice of papers inside, hand-sewn using a traditional binding technique known as Cross-structure.

In this workshop all materials are provided, and you can choose from a variety of soft upcycled leathers, an assortment of different papers for the book’s pages, and a colourful range of waxed-linen bookbinding thread, all coming together to make a unique and personalised journal.

Cross-structure binding has been around since medieval times, and is distinguished by sections of pages sewn onto the leather 'fingers' of the covers, either leaving the colourful stitching exposed or concealing it behind the spine panel of leather (both styles are taught in this class - your choice of which you'd prefer to make).

Ideal for complete beginners, as well as those who would like to expand their range of bookbinding techniques. You'll be able to examine finished examples of a variety of Cross-structure leatherbound books, and draw inspiration from the variations and possibilities.

All tools and materials are provided as part of the workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own items from home (i.e. A3 cutting mat, a metal ruler, craft/Stanley knife, pencil, awl, bonefolder, and any sheets of fancy/coloured/found papers if you want to use these in your book)

Comprehensive instructions and templates are also included, to enable you to continue making more books at home.

Location: Naracoopa Gallery & Artist Studio, 60 Phillips St, Bracken Ridge, QLD 4017

Time: 9am to 1pm

Cost: $148.79 per person

Bookings essential via Eventbrite:

Or book via Grace Cross direct:
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For more information and details about the 4107 Bayside Open Studios event:

'Book & Paper' monthly meeting at QSWFA, Auchenflower

Queensland Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists

On the second Monday of every month, the 'Book & Paper' group meet at the HQ of the Qld Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists (QSWFA) in Auchenflower.

Show & tell: Every month, we start the meeting with a session of show & tell. Please bring along anything of interest, your recent book/paper projects most welcome!

Special event: tba

Monthly craft activity: tba

Coffee, Meet & Greet, Check out the Bring & Buy Table as well as the Give Away Table[masked]:
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Show & Tell
Coffee break and time to have a closer look at the work on the Show & Tell table.
Craft activity TBA.
You will need to bring the usual things – cutting mat, glue, knife/scissors, ruler, pencil etc.

We look forward to seeing you,

Michelle, Di and Wendy

Please note:
To attend the group regularly, you will need to be a member of QSWFA (visit https://www.qldspinners.org.au/ for more details), however you may attend TWO meetings free of charge if you'd like to see what the group is like before signing up as an annual member. Each meeting costs $5 per person to cover hall hire, tea and bikkies. Please bring your own lunch, and your toolbox of papercraft equipment.

Artist Book Group - a creative offshoot of the Qld Bookbinders' Guild

As a creative initiative within the Qld Bookbinders' Guild, Sandy Johnson has started an Artist Book Group with a focus on sharing techniques and general interest in handcrafted artist books.

Artists’ books can be defined as works of art that utilise the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects. Artists’ books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box.

The group meet on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss various aspects of book arts, and have a 'show and tell' session, followed by information sharing in the form of a demonstration or mini workshop. There is also time to work on your own projects most of the time.

Location: BVAC, 140 Weller Rd, Tarragindi
Time: 1-3pm (though sometimes extends to 4pm)

Visit https://qbg.org.au/2016/08/02/artist-book-group/ for more information.

The Artist Book Group is $2 per session for members of QBG, with some equipment and materials provided. Also includes afternoon tea. Non-members will need to join (or rejoin) the QBG to continue participation beyond the first free visit. See www.qbg.org.au for further information about the Queensland Bookbinders Guild and what they do.

Papermakers & Artists of Qld (PAQ) monthly meeting at BVAC

BVAC Arts Hub

On the third Sunday of every month, the 'Papermakers & Artists of Qld' group meet at the Brisbane Visual Arts Community (BVAC) building in Tarragindi.

The Proposed Program for the Papermakers meetings this year will include activities such as:
Cyanotypes; a bookbinding workshop in making wrap-around leather journals; Hands-On-Paper papermaking weekends; Gelli-plate printing; field trips; exhibitions, and more.

Show & tell: Every month, we start the meeting with a session of show & tell. Please bring along anything of interest, your recent paper projects most welcome!

Monthly craft activity: tba

Please note:
To attend the group regularly, you will need to be a member of PAQ (visit http://www.papermakersqld.org.au/ for more details), however you may attend ONE meeting free of charge if you'd like to see what the group is like before signing up as an annual member.
Please bring your own lunch, and your usual toolbox of papercraft equipment.

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