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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Invitation to our bindery

Patterned A6 journal 2

For the first time we are part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail. This is a marvelous council initiative that produces a map, lists the creative venues that are happy to open their studios/galleries etc to you the public. We all are open from 11.00am until 5.00pm both days – 5th and 6th March

For full details go to the Marrickville Council Home website and click on the ‘Out and About’ category. MOST is listed as such. (http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/). We are No. 36 and there are a lot of other studios around us. To make it easy we have coffee shops all around us for a necessary refreshing break. If required you should find parking in Chapel Street where we are.

This is a professional bindery where hand bookbinding is done. You will see some interesting wooden clamps and presses. We will have examples of repair work and custom bindings we offer plus some of my Design Bindings that are exhibition pieces.

But mostly we would love you to meet us – Rosemarie the bookbinder and Marika the jeweller. Yes we will see us working on the days you visit us.

There is a visitors book which I hope you register in as we have a ‘give away’ for a lucky winner. Names will be in a hat and drawn after the weekend, email addresses are all we need to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Any enquiries please email me – sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com

Posted in MOST open studio weekend 2016 |
Sydney Bookbinding

Information for Jessica and John – Artists Book Summer School

If you can contact me I have the books you submitted for marking.

When I completed the marking there was no one in the offices in the Printmaking Department so I took the books home for safe keeping.

Can you pick then up from me in Marrickville when convenient. Just email me on – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com   to arrange.


Posted in UNSW/Art and Design |
Sydney Bookbinding

Day 9 – what you should plan to do.

Longstitch smaple card
Longstitch smaple card

Longstitch smaple card

As mentioned I include an image as a reminder that if you plan your stitching to be even  numbers you can create the gaps. If you plan your stitching to be uneven numbers then the stitching will create a continuous line of thread. Of course this is looking at the lines of holes across the spine.

All the holes need to be 4mm apart – if required they can be a bit  more – say 5mm.

You did well in forming the sample cover today but, for your final book, this will not be measured and done until all the text has been made. Therefore I think you should bring papers etc and really work on the internal pages tomorrow. We can go  over the stitching in of sections on Friday so that you feel  confident in doing this. Of course, as I see what the text pages are I can advise you on where stitching holes should be placed.

I expect you to get to class by 10am fully equipped for a 3 hours in the room working at this final book. Only that way can I be able to assist and advise you individually.

I will not bring in PVA etc – you need to have your own. I will have the orders of course.

I should mention that I do sell the bookbinding PVA some of you used from my container. Yes it is superior but more expensive so I was not pushing is. However if you want a small container it is $10.00 for a 250ml jar.

As we finish on Friday, so if you require material please try to get the list to me  tomorrow – or – come across to Marrickville on Saturday as we are open. I can give you bus directions of course.

See you tomorrow for a much cooler day – good for working.



Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding

Day 8 – what to bring and what we will do

Interesting cover with stitching


Interesting cover with stitching

Interesting cover with stitching

As the stitching proved a little of a challenge – and then adding the sections.

I hope you could spend time at home working on it as it then will become much easier plus you can start designing how you would like to do this final book.

I will quickly go over this tomorrow but we need to get onto creating the covered covers with their necessary hinging areas.

I will  have for you the board pieces plus the cloth to cover then.

You need to bring the following – PVA, brush (have a larger round bristle brush). piece of plastic, jar for water, chucks cloth to set up your gluing station.

To cut and cover the sample board –  have your usual tools including a setsquare, Stanley knife, bonefolde, sandpaper – realer, cutting matt etc. I must mention that you cannot cut board with a craft knife – you need the stringer Stanley knife.

Any spare time you need to work on your internal pages. When this is done you will know the size of board you will need for the covers. this give you time to order board and cloth you want to use. Sort out the papers you will need.

You can guess I want to see Thursday and Friday days where you work on your books – I am there to give assistance of course but hopefully no more time give the demonstrations from me.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding

Street Poet’s book for sale

Neil's handbound book
Neil's handbound book

Leather handbound street poet's book for sale

I have had the honour of hand binding a series of books of poetry for our local street poet.

He has a mental condition and is working with great courage to control it and give real meaning to his life. He does  not want sympathy or to be a burden to anyone. I greatly admire him as a person.

Not only have I bound these books to his specifications but he is too senisitive or  embarassed to offer them for sale – althoough he desperately needs money to continue. So we encourage you to consider purchasing one – price $130.00

Neil's poems against beautiful photographs

Neil's poems on beautiful backgrounds.

If interrested contact me directly on –  sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com     before he just gives them away in his generosity to people he knows.

A huge story behind their writing, production and him walking all over Sydney to offer his poems.

Of coourse I welcome your comments and  enquiries.

Neil at his desk writing his very positive and sincere poems

Neil at his desk writing his poetry. Our corrageous street poet.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding


Repair and restoration is an important part of the work done here at Sydney Bookbinding. It gives me pleasure to test my skills and bring broken books back to serviceable life again.

Here is a Beethoven music book that was completely broken apart. On inspection the sections had been secured with staples that had gone rusty. All of these had to be removed, the spine cleaned of old glue and securely sewn on strong bookbinders tape.

The old covers and spine title area plus the original endpapers were reused so that the repair work was sympathetic to the original look.

It all went well and my patient clients were pleased with the result. This book had important sentimental value to them and the wife does play the piano. I hope she had a lot of joy with this book.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding