On a Thursday afternoon, in Window Bay overlooking the river at The Edge you will come across a creative group of bookbinders.
The aptly titled, Bookbinding Club, experiments with different bookbinding styles and materials, like; leather, cloth, thread, found objects, and traditional materials, including paper and card.
Michelle Vandermeer, organiser of the Bookbinding Club, is an artist and graphic designer who has always been drawn to book design, and the tactility of handcrafted book making.
Using various techniques and materials, Michelle has recently fabricated a book using the lid of a vintage cigar box, she has also previously used other found items such as, vintage gameboards, waxed timber boards, old ornate novel covers, linoleum, storybook pages, vintage sheet music, pianola-rolls, and even a book printed entirely on white cotton.
The craft of bookbinding can be simultaneously highly technical and highly creative. Skills in precise measuring, folding, and cutting are necessary, but a creative flair for materials and methods is the means for creative and
Those new to bookbinding find hands-on, collaborative learning is easiest, so you can physically learn the steps and how to use some of the more challenging tools and materials, such as awls, bone folders, book presses, waxed thread, particular glues and pastes.
The Bookbinding Club group meets regularly at The Edge to share projects, ideas and skills (for free!).
The group offers a variety of get-togethers and events that encourage anyone interested in learning the craft of bookbinding, with a wealth of information about learning to bind, sourcing the materials and tools required – it’s a fun social gathering too!