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Artist Books with Monica Oppen

ABDA members and friends are invited to join us at UTS in Sydney for a special presentation by book artist, binder and printmaker Monica Oppen.

Monica is the creator of Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, a private collection of books made by printmakers, photographers, photomonteurs, painters, writers and poets.

Monica will present and discuss a selection of recent books from artists including Peter Malutzki, Ines von Ketelhodt, Ulrike Stoltz and Uta Schneider.

This is a free event but places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.



Date: Thursday 26 November

Time: Refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6pm start

Address: Level 7, Studio 735, UTS School of Design, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo (Sydney)


Welcome to the New ABDA Website

The Australian Book Designers Association was formed in 2014 to safeguard the future of the longest running design awards in Australia: the annual Book Design Awards, held annually since 1952.

The Awards recognise excellence in Australian book design, but also afford an opportunity for the book design community to gather in the one place. For many of us, the most enjoyable part of the Awards event is spending time among our peers – to network, but more importantly to socialise with like-minded individuals. Book designers are a curious, well-read and passionate bunch, but often we work alone or in small teams, so it’s good to feel part of a community.

In the process of taking over the Awards, the initial committee of volunteers began discussing how to expand beyond a single annual event. A central hub for the book design community was sorely lacking. The ABDA mission, developed over many long conversations, includes the following promise:

ABDA will provide a virtual home for its members, offering news, forums, educational events and more. ABDA will be a dynamic network for industry professionals.

This website is the foundation for our evolving, engaged book design community. It is a space to discover news and events and to read articles by and about book designers. It is a site for publishers to advertise jobs and to find designers, and for ABDA members to showcase our work to the world.

The site gives us national (and international) reach, and we extend a warm welcome to designers from cities other than Melbourne and Sydney who have been unable to attend events.

Take some time to browse the archive and the member profiles. Read the blog – there will be regular posts, fresh ideas and provocative discussions from our members. Check upcoming events – they’re for you. And don’t forget: spread the word! ABDA is an emerging non-profit organisation, we rely on the participation of our members to expand and develop our association.

Zoë Sadokierski, President, Australian Book Designers Association


Image designed by W.H. Chong