The Victorian Bookbinders' Guild


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April 2014 –note change of week due to

Easter  Tuesday 29th

Committee Meeting 6-7pm- No 154

RMIT CIGT Room 515-2-17A

 Member Meeting 7-9pm

Topic: Adhesives

Presenter: Marika

 Class/workshop  Wednesday 9thor 30thApril 9.30am – 4pm

 Shopping Trail –Robert/Elke - TBC

$40 members    $50 non members


Something different for 2014 -

The Guild will be hosting information tables at 2 exciting events coming up -

The Codex Symposium and Bookfair in March, and

The Clunes Booktown Festival in May. 


We are in need of some members to help out for a couple of hours on the Guild tables, so if you will be attending  one or both events, we would be very grateful if you could assist.


Past Events

March 2014    A video on manuscripts and their history and archaeology.

A presentation from the 2013 Guild Symposium discussing the origin, production history, materials and techniques of  two medieval manuscripts  Glossed Bible books from 11 and 12 century.

Feb 2014   Marbling with Barbeque.

A great social time was had by all with visitors, food and lots of experimentation with marbling.

 November 26th Social Meeting  Christmas Breakup and BUY SWAP SELL @Rmit Brunswick.

 Come one, come all to the event of the year including an auction, door prizes and raffles to be won. ALSO Trade tables!!! If you have anything to sell please let the secretary know on to secure your spot for a sale!!!

Members coming are encouraged to bring a plate for this event!!! Starting at 7pm. See you all there!!!!!


Miss the last meeting    October 26th.


Ian bought us an interesting discussion on the making and use of ink.

Ian has a long term interest in Calligraphy as well as binding. Calligraphy needs inks so Ian also experiments and makes inks many in the medieval styles and using medieval methods and materials.

We learned that some inks get darker with age. Do you know why? 

That making inks with gall and carbon black takes lots of time patiences and wrist strength to make the ink smooth , non clog and uniform.

And good inks should be stired not shaken!!  Do you know why?

We thank Ian for his time and presentation, and insight into the complexities of good inks.


Miss the last meeting    July Agm and  Buy Swap and Sell.

You missed the election of new members to the committee,  reports on the finances (all good) reports on the symposium (  register now for the discount)  and lots of goodies for sale.

Elected at the AGM    

President Elke Ohokas,  Secretary Robert Ford,  Treasurer Peter Lewis

Committee    Mary Russell,  Librarian  Tim Morrow,  Debra Parry,  JIm Finger  Web editor, and welcome to new committee members Gary Oakes. Lechelle Wunsch, and Liz Forbes. 

Temporary Newsletter editor Marika Koscis.

Profiles will be posted on about us soon.

Meeting  June  2013 (Did you miss it)      So what's in a stain?

Ever considered what makes a stain in paper, and more importantly, what is needed to remove the stain. 

We were priveleged to have Marika Koscis share a presentantion on stains, their causes, diagnosisand removal . Marika is a professional conservator with 15 years experience in Australia, England, Italy and I am sure some other places.

So what did we learn? 

There is more to a stain than meets the eye!

Sticky tape keeps conservators in business.

If the stain is on an important work, get a professional. but also get some cheap damaged works and experiment, read and practice some basic stain removal.

We thank Marika for her contribution, her willingness to answer questions, and depth of knowledge. We look forward to a futher installment at another meeting in the future.