Rounded and Backed Case Binding, 5th and 6th December, $140 for two days (prerequisite is completion of the 2020 Introduction course in February)

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16th November 2020

Dear Guild Members,

It was great to see many of you at our Open Day on Sunday where we had about 16 members and 6 visitors. There were lots of Col Jorgensen’s collection of tools and equipment, type and paper and cloth available and most was sold with a small number of items remaining for a future sale. Several people spent up big, in readiness for the long summer break. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours.

The sale tables, after a busy morning of sales.

Our next course in December is already fully subscribed. That is great to see.

Our next event is likely to be our Christmas Party, but we will bring you more news closer to the proposed date, Wednesday 9th December in the evening.

We also had a table at the recent ARLIS abbe Artist Books Fair and made lots of new contacts. I hope that those of you interested in Artist Books took the opportunity to see what is happening in this field in Queensland.

I have two newsletters for you this week; Signature from VBG (Victorian Bookbinders Guild); and the BVA Connex from BVAC.

In Signature ( you will find an interesting summary of their recent online Zoom meeting where a number of members talked about, and showed, recent projects. Mary Russell used her own fish leather(described in a separate article); a marginalia book of handmade paper and photos of a lockdown quilt, and a discussion on glues all featured in their Zoom Guild meeting. It is well worth a read for the obituary of a very prominent former member Maurice Betteridge.

BVAC has produced its November BVA Connex with details of the Christmas Pop-up Shop next weekend at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens auditorium (November 20 – 22) with a sausage sizzle run by local Scouts. There will be some wonderful art and crafts for sale, suitable for (locally produced) Christmas presents. There is also notice of the annual McGregor Summer Arts School at Toowoomba in January. Check it out if you would love a week of superb art classes in beautiful (cooler) Toowoomba. (

There is an extraordinary opportunity to purchase an entire working bindery in the Blue Mountains, if you have a spare $475,000 to set up. This is a purpose built factory unit suitable for many types of artistic business. Take a look in the NSW newsletter, sent to your email.

For those of you using the QBG Website can I remind you that the password for the Member-only pages (such as our full collection of Newsletters) is 2020books

Until next week happy bookbinding.

Sarah Davies

QBG Secretary


CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION: Below is a link to changes proposed to our constitution for your discussion.

QBG Constitution June 2020





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