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A Conversation with Designers from Tara Books India

Scribble Kids’ Books and the Australian Book Designers Association invites members and friends to an evening of conversation with visiting designers from independent publishing house Tara Books from Chennai, India. Well known for pushing the boundaries of the book form, Tara Books is a collective of writers, designers, and bookmakers specialised in visual publishing. Designers Dhwani and Ragini will give insight into Tara’s philosophy and approach of inclusive and collaborative publishing, dwelling on the role of design in the process. They will also explore the idea of the designer as author, bringing together all the elements that go into a book to create new meaning.

The event will include presentations by Tara Books designers Dhwani and Ragini, titles by Tara Books will also be on sale.

 

 

Details

When: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 6.30pm
Where: Scribe Publications/Scribble Kids’ Books
Address: 18-20 Edward Street, Brunswick VIC 3056
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Places are limited for this event.
To RSVP please email Stephanie on info@scribblekidsbooks.com.au

End of Year Drinks

Join the Australian Book Designers Association’s committee, members and friends to celebrate the organisation’s fourth year. Events will be held on Thursday 7 December in both Sydney and Melbourne. Everyone is welcome, with drinks at bar prices and snacks provided. Please RSVP to info@abda.com.au

Sydney
Date: Thursday 7 December 2017
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: The Clock Hotel (upstairs), 470 Crown St, Surry Hills
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Melbourne
Date: Thursday 7 December 2017
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Long Play, 318 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy
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Pop-up Book Mechanics Workshop Melbourne

The Australian Book Designers and Paperazzi Design Studio presents
Pop-up Book Mechanics Workshop in Melbourne

Remember how wonderful it was to receive pop-up books and cards as a kid? Well we’re bringing 3D back in this four hour workshop that will take your book making to another dimension.

In this class you will design your own paper folds and learn different techniques to create your own pop-up book. You’ll learn the different technical approaches to paper cutting and the mechanical elements that transform a page from flat to 3D.

We’ll finish with binding the pages together to create a wonderful and complete pop-up book, and you’ll leave with the skills and inspiration for future projects.

All materials are included in the price, just bring yourself along!

Details

Date: 10am – 2pm, Sunday 11 February 2018

Venue: Kathleen Symes Library Art Room
251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053

Cost: ABDA Members: $55/Non Members $65

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Email Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place.

Spaces are limited so book early!

 

Pop-up Book Mechanics Workshop Sydney

The Australian Book Designers and Paperazzi Design Studio presents
Pop-up Book Mechanics Workshop in Sydney.

Remember how wonderful it was to receive pop-up books and cards as a kid? Well we’re bringing 3D back in this four hour workshop that will take your book making to another dimension.

In this class you will design your own paper folds and learn different techniques to create your own pop-up book. You’ll learn the different technical approaches to paper cutting and the mechanical elements that transform a page from flat to 3D.

We’ll finish with binding the pages together to create a wonderful and complete pop-up book, and you’ll leave with the skills and inspiration for future projects.

All materials are included in the price, just bring yourself along!

Details

Date: 10am – 2pm, Sunday 12 November 2017

Venue: Studio 735, Level 7

University Technology Sydney DAB Building

702 -705 Harris Street Ultimo, 2007

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Cost: ABDA Members: $55/Non Members $65

Email Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place.

Spaces are limited so book early!

 

Call-out to emerging Graphic Designers for Book Machine II in Sydney

BOOK MACHINE, an initiative of Onestar Press, Paris is returning to Artspace, Sydney for VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair!

BOOK MACHINE connects emerging graphic designers and public participants through the creation of one-off artist books. This is a unique opportunity to work with an esteemed international press to realise the key public program of VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair, which will bring together over 70 national and international exhibitors over a week in October. We are seeking creative and friendly volunteers who enjoy working collaboratively to realise the design and production of artist books. Twenty designers are required for each of the 3.5 hour BOOK MACHINE sessions between Tuesday 10 and Sunday 15 October — you may work at as many or as few sessions as you’d like.

You’ll be paired with a public participant for each session. Participants will arrive prepared with images and text which you’ll help them shape into a book using a pre-designed 100–page book template. Designers will be offered a complimentary copy of each collaborative book — which you’ll receive the day after each session! That means you could add as many as nine books to your personal collection and portfolio.

More information here

Conversations from the Vault: William Morris and the legacy of a small press

The Australian Book Designers Association in partnership with the State Library of New South Wales invite ABDA members and friends in Sydney to a presentation of exquisite rare books from the Library’s William Morris Kelmscott Press collection. The event will include talks on designing and publishing artisan books from a selection of contempoaray small presses.

When: Saturday 14th October 2pm – 4pm

Cost: ABDA Members $15 & General Admission: $20

Venue: The State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street

Gallery Room, Ground Floor at 1.45pm for a 2pm start.

Places are strictly limited—bookings are essential.

Book your ticket here to secure your place

Melbourne Film Night – Graphic Novels! Melbourne!

The Australian Book Designers Association invites ABDA members and friends in Melbourne to drinks and a free screening of Graphic Novels! Melbourne!

This film uncovers an energetic, diverse and productive comics culture on the streets of Melbourne. It investigates the life and work of four graphic novelists in particular: Pat Grant, Nicki Greenberg, Mandy Ord and Bruce Mutard.

There are also interviews with four international comic book luminaries: Scott McCloud, Shaun Tan, Dylan Horrocks and Paul Gravett, all of whom lend their perspective to the development of comics culture in Melbourne.

Director and graphic novelist Bernard Caleo will introduce the film and show some of the books featured in the film!

Watch the trailer of Graphic Novels! Melbourne!

Details

  • Tuesday 19 September 2017
  • Drinks from 7pm; film screening starts at 8pm
  • LongPlay Cinema & Bar
    318 St Georges Road
    Fitzroy North, Melbourne
    (Tram No. 11, Stop 24)
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This is a free event for ABDA members and friends. Seats are limited and bookings are essential.

To book this event email Jen on info@abda.com.au.

Introducing the New ABDA Committee

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Australian Book Designers Association Inc. was held on Tuesday 1 August.

The following ABDA members were elected to serve on the committee for the next 12 months:

President Mark Campbell

Vice President Alissa Dinallo

Secretary Adam Laszczuk

Treasurer Imogen Stubbs

Committee Members

The Annual Report of the Association, as presented at the AGM, is now available to download (PDF).

If you have any questions about the committee, the annual report or anything else, please get in touch via info@abda.com.au.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting & Election of Committee.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Book Designers Association will be held on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

Melbourne location
Activity Room 1, Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre,
251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Sydney location
Room 735, Level 7, UTS School of Design,
702 Harris Street, Ultimo

Time
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (please arrive at 6:15pm to allow for recording attendance).

The ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting is:

(a) to receive and consider the annual report of the Committee and the financial statements for the preceding financial year;
(b) to elect the members of the Committee; and
(c) to confirm or vary the amounts of the annual subscription.

Only paid up members of ABDA may vote or be nominated. If you are unsure of your current membership status, please email info@abda.com.au with your details.

Proxy Vote
A financial member of the Association may appoint another financial member to vote on his or her behalf at the Annual General Meeting. A proxy form is available below for members who cannot attend the meeting. This includes Company members, if the person representing the Company is not the registered contact. Proxy forms must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 28 July 2017.

Absentee Vote
A financial member of the Association may vote for committee members in advance of the meeting by filling out the Absentee Voting form (to be circulated one week prior to the AGM, with the nominee statements).

The PDF for proxy, nomination and agenda can be downloaded here: 2017 AGM and Nomination Form.

Hand Lettering Typography Workshop

The Australian Book Designers Association invite ABDA members and friends in Melbourne to a Hand Lettering Typography Workshop for beginners.

During this four hour workshop, participants will learn how to master the brush pen with Eliza Svikulis of Melbourne lettering girl gang, The Letterettes.

Workshop participants will start with basic strokes and letter construction in upper and lowercase and practice subtle differences in style and layout to create tone for various applications.

The workshop includes take-home pens and tips booklet, practice sheets and paper, don’t miss out book now, email Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place!

 

Details

  • When: Saturday 22 July 2017
  • Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Cost: ABDA Members $50 & Non Members $70
  • Where: Multipurpose Room 1, Kathleen Syme Library
  • Address: 251 Faraday Street, Carlton
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Places are limited, email Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place.

A Josef Albers Showcase — Interaction of Colour

The Australian Book Designers Association invite ABDA members and friends in Sydney to a Joseph Albers Showcase — Interaction of Colour. Joseph Albers’s 1963 book Interaction of Color provided the most comprehensive analysis of the function and perception of color to date and profoundly influenced art education and artistic practice, especially Color Field painting and Minimalism, in the twentieth century. This showcase event will give ABDA members and friends the opportunity to view some of Albers’s limited edition silk screen prints and more.

Details

  • When: Wednesday 19 July 2017
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Library
  • Address: Corner of Ultimo Rd & Quay Street Haymarket, Sydney
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This is a free event however places are limited, bookings are essential.
Email Jen on info@abda.com.au to secure your place.