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 (5)

'Open Door Day' at the Qld Bookbinder's Guild - Sunday 12 July 2020

If you would like to check out what the Queensland Bookbinders Guild do, and whether you'd be interested in joining, then come along to their next free Open Door Day on Sunday 22 March 2020, anytime between 9:30am and 12:30pm, at their home-base in the BVAC Arts Hub, Wellers Hill. If you're already a member of the QBG (or would like to consider becoming one), this upcoming Open Door Day is a wonderful opportunity to access the QBG shop, equipment and senior members' expertise. The Queensland Bookbinders Guild sells a wide range of bookcloths, papers, thread, tools, and much more. A lot of these materials/tools are otherwise difficult to find in Australia, as the QBG import them for the benefit of its members. Throughout the morning, the QBG's shop will be open for browsing if you were looking to buy materials or supplies for your bookbinding projects (please note: you must be a QBG member to purchase from the shop, or to use the Guild's library). Bookbinding demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day, with a number of QBG members working on their own bookbinding projects and works-in-progress. Refreshments and tea/coffee are offered also. Gold coin donation appreciated. Check out the QBG's website for more info about becoming an annual member: www.qbg.org.au Cheers, Michelle

BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP (*new date*): Wrap-around leather journals (Longstitch)

**new date** Bookbinding workshop: Wrap-around leather journals (Longstitch binding) Sunday 12 July 2020, 1-5pm Learn how to make your very own wrap-around soft-leather journal, hand-stitched using a Longstitch binding technique and featuring a magnetic closure. In this workshop all materials are provided, and you can choose from a variety of eco-friendly upcycled leathers, an assortment of different papers for the book’s pages, and a colourful range of waxed-linen threads, all coming together to make a unique and personalised book. Longstitch binding features a linear pattern of coloured thread sewn up and down the spine directly through the leather, without the need for glue. This simple hand-sewn binding enables the book to open completely flat and makes it perfect for journals, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks and sketchbooks. 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 Longstitched 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: BVAC, 140 Weller Rd, Tarragindi (plenty of parking available) Time: 1pm to 5pm Cost: $100 per person Bookings essential: email [masked] or phone[masked]

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.

**rescheduled** March Bookbinding Club - Little Leather Books + MINI WORKSHOP

State Library of Queensland, The Edge

**rescheduled to July** ...as it's still yet uncertain when The Edge will reopen for groups, I've again shifted this meetup, until late July. TOPIC: Little Leatherbound Books March's Bookbinding Club will take a look at pint-sized books, especially those bound with leather. Bring along any teeny books you have in your possession or any info on miniature books that you can share with the group. This Meetup also offers the opportunity to participate in a mini workshop too - if you'd like to make your own Little Leatherbound Book (either A7 sized or 2" miniature sized) and learn a little about the Longstitch bookbinding technique in the process, you're welcome to join us (all the details provided in the separate event listing) - it's $20 cash on the day, for a 2hr mini workshop, all materials/instructions provided. If you could all please bring along a Show & Tell item (or several!) of something 'surprisingly small' that you'd like to share with the group, or just something of general interest, that'll be terrific! Thank you. ************************************************** "MYSTERY MATERIAL" MONTHLY CHALLENGE: The new 'mystery material' creative bookbinding challenge for February/March is SOMETHING YOU BOUGHT FROM AN OP SHOP, the quirkier the item, the better! If you're keen to participate, the challenge is to make a book that somehow uses this op-shop purchased material/item in an interesting way. Please bring along any and all explorations to show at March's Bookbinding Club. Or, alternatively, upload a pic to Instagram with the hashtag #MonthlyMysteryMaterial :) Also, please feel free to bring along any past Monthly Material experiments to show and share if you've missed a previous meeting - you're welcome to share with the group anytime, even if it's an older monthly challenge..! ************************************************** Speaking of monthly challenges and Instagram... The #AreYouBookEnough theme for March is HEXAGON. If you're keen to give it a go, see below at the bottom of this post for more info about the AYBE challenge. If anyone has made a book inspired by any #AYBE theme, please bring it along! ************************************************** One final note: I'm keen to hear what members would like to see covered in Bookbinding Club this year :) Bookbinding Club is generally on the 4th (or 5th) Friday of the month, from 12 noon until just before 3pm, casual drop-in. All are welcome! We meet in one of the Window Bays at The Edge, overlooking the river and Brisbane city skyline. Ask at the front desk if you have any troubles locating our table. Hope to see you there, Michelle P.S. **NEED BOOKBINDING SUPPLIES?** Please direct message me (or email [masked]) so that I know exactly what to bring along on the day :) I offer: - Awls for $5 each - Bone folders (genuine bone) for $12 each - Coloured waxed linen bookbinding thread (choice of 28 colours! - let me know what colour you're after) for $1 per metre (ie $5 for 5m is a standard measure) - Leather pieces (individually priced, approx $10-$20 per piece) - Bookbinding kits (with all the instructions and materials provided in the kit) for $50 (small leatherbound book) or $70 (medium leatherbound book) and - Gift Certificates to attend any of my bookbinding workshops in 2020/21 for $100 each. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - #ARE YOU BOOK ENOUGH Monthly world-wide bookbinding challenge, just search for the hashtag #areyoubookenough on Instagram. Or visit the website for detailed instructions: www.editions.studio/areyoubookenough/ MONTHLY THEMES 2020: JANUARY In between FEBRUARY Heal MARCH Hexagon APRIL Machine MAY Break JUNE Human JULY Sea AUGUST Mountain SEPTEMBER Weathered OCTOBER Child NOVEMBER Recycle DECEMBER Legs

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