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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

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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.

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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.

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As we are now part of Amazing Paper I share with you some uses for our beautiful Chiyogami, Himalayan and decorative papers.

We use then in bookbinding for endpapers, decorative panels and sometimes as separator pages to create interest throughout a book text. People creating Artists’ Books sometimes use them throughout their creations as collage pieces, tabs and separators. Here they act as an ‘echo’ giving the eye delight throughout the ‘text’ area.

However, there are other great uses by different artists and crafts people. Here are a few examples from our  shop – card-making, paper jewelry, invitations, promotional cards such as gift vouchers, packaging and Origami.  They hopefully will inspire you try some yourself. Yes, we have origami packs in the  shop and I will put  them on the website very soon. Hope you like the beautiful bands of Chiyogami around an order Kevin is about to send to a customer who does invitations – they will love it as they are very aware of the potential of an addition of something beautiful like a wrap of these papers.

There are many other uses. Collage, printmaking, backdrops for photography and lots more. Some techniques use the plain Kozo papers –  thin repair tissue pasted and crinkles over collage or photographic images to distort and give a texture. The thicker Kozo to laminate silks and  thin papers onto in order to create decorative panels and  endpapers for books and artworks. Lots of fun can be had experimenting.

If you create interesting pieces of art or craft with these papers please send us an image and let us promote your work. Send it directly to my email – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com

I am inspired to offer some workshops playing and experimenting with different techniques using these papers. Please let me know if you would  be interested. Workshops are held on weekends, usually Saturdays but any new ones will not be until later in the year.


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Leather wrap journals

There still are places in these two special workshops.

1/ Leather wrap journal - Dates Saturday and Sunday  21st and 22nd May – 10.30am to 1.30pm each day. Cost $130.00.

This journal is easy to make but offers a lot of creative potential in the designing of a closure from leather of a different colour. We will also have fun playing with hand tools adding simple lines, dots etc to add decorative elements to the covers.

2/  A section stitched hard cover case binding. Dates Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th May – 10.30am tp 3.30pm each day. Cost – $220.00

Yes there are great cafe near us for a break during the day.

Although a tradition book structure and procedure we make it more creative in the use of beautiful paper, deckle edged sections and a choice of colours for the paper and bookcloth

This example shows a rich red bookcloth and a beautiful Japanese Chiyogami paper used to make the endpapers and the decorative panel across the front.

Contact me directly – sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com   in order to make a booking. Any enquiries I welcome.

Classes are small, all  materials are supplied plus tools to use. Payment to be made to secure your place. Come and have some fun in our air conditioned bindery.

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Special workshops next 3 months


The following workshops are now open for bookings.

Coptic book – A6 size with lots of decorative elements both on the spine area and the covers with papers and cloth. Decorations will perhaps continue into the text area of the book. This booklet is great just as a journal but very suitable as an Artists Book.

Dates – Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd April – 10.30am to 1.30pm. Cost – $130.00All materials supplied and most tools.

Soft leather journal – This booklet is  also fun and easy to make but offers a lot of design opportunity. Different ways of creating an effective closure will be explored plus time for a little foil decoration to complete this unique booklet.

 Dates – Saturday and Sunday 21st & 22nd May – 10.30am to 1.30pm. Cost – $130.00. All materials supplied and most tools.

Section stitched case binding – We will deckle cut the pages for this A5 journal. Beautiful papers will be available for the endpapers and to decorate the cover. Different colours of bookcloth will also be there for you to choose from.

Dates – Saturday and Sunday 28th & 29th May – 10.30am to 3.30pm. Cost – $220.00. All materials supplied and most tools.

Oriental side stitched booklet – A simple and effective way to bind single pages. Here, in one session, we will make an A5 bookled with card covers. Attractive endpapers will be there for you to choose from and some simple decorative ideas explored.

Dates – Saturday 7th May – 10.30am to 1.30pm. Cost – $65.00. All materials supplied and most tools.

All classes are kept small to allow for lots of personal attention. Explanatory notes are supplied and we supply you with all the necessary material and specialist tools.

Special offer – book for 1 x workshop and receive a 10% discount. Book for 2 x workshops and receive a 20% discount.

Discounts are available for bookings made no later than 23rd March.

To book email to – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com  You will be sent an invoice plus further details of what to bring etc. All enquiries are welcome. Cancellations and refunds are only possible up to 2 weeks prior to workshop.

These classes are suitable for beginners but good dexterity is required as we handle knives and awls.

Rosemarie is a qualified teacher with many years experience teaching bookbinding at many levels including COFA. They are fun and easy to follow with lots of demonstrations along the way. The bindery is air conditioned for our comfort and there are cafes very near to be refreshed and relax in.


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