Association of Book Crafts 


Today in 2020 the ABC has 150 plus  members covering New Zealand and overseas, 

Chapters around New Zealand are located in Northland, Warkworth,Auckland, Wairarapa, Wellington Christchurch,, Central Otago and Dunedin. with additional members from both the North Island and the South Island

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From humble beginnings......the recollections of John Sansom

In 1989 a small group of people met as a "bookbinding interest group!”, namely Pamela Robson, Jocelyn Windsor, Marthin Mare, Jack O’Brien, Peter Goodwin and John Sansom. Prior to this there was correspondence back and forth with Edgar Mansfield in the UK to establish if he knew of a bookbinders guild in New Zealand as Edgar, prior to moving back to the UK, had been an artist, sculptor and teacher at Fielding High School.

Edgar of course later began a movement in Britain which heralded the renaissance in bookbinding.

Edgar’s advice to me was “do your own thing and get on with forming our own guild”. This we did and

from the 'Interest Group' the Association of Book Crafts (NZ) Inc. was finally formed. Marthin Mare

was the first newsletter Editor and the first letter was produced in 1989. Those six original members

are still active members today. Our  letterhead and logo were designed for us by David Buck.

Arthur W. Johnson, the author of several books, binder, calligrapher and teacher who later became

our Patron and made a number of visits to New Zealand with his wife Pamela, an international tutor

in lace making. They both fell in love with our country, especially the Catlins area.

At the time we became an Incorporated Society we had 22 foundation members.

Arthur W Johnson,  ABC's one time patron and author of several books on binding. He presented ABC with some of his bound books, now in the Auckland Library

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Executive committee


Stuart Reader                   

Vice President: 



Terrie Reddish        


Chris Stewart                    

2020-2021 Committee 

Karen Vidler         

Tom Bichler                           

Jennifer Simpson             

 Regional Representatives and local contacts


Materials Supply Manager:

Lynne Fryer, email:


Secretary - Communications Manager

Terrie Reddish      

Membership Manager 

Stuart Reader  

Treasurer /Accounts

Chris Stewart     

Home Study, DVD and CD Libraries:

Brendan Laing,  


Webmaster for all your stories, activities pics etc. 

Regional Representatives and local contacts
Northland  – Veronique Lautenslager 

Dargaville  -- Maria Higginson 

Warkworth –  Merryl Houghton  

Auckland – Lynne Fryer 

Bay of Plenty/ Rotorua - Robyn Hunt (contact only)

Hawke's Bay - Julz Henderson (contact only) 

Wanganui - Di Harries (contact only) 

Wairarapa - Jill Rose (contact only) 

Wellington - Meredith Paterson 

Nelson/ Tasman - Rosie Ann Pinney (contact only) 

Christchurch - Liz Davidson (contact only) 

Southland – Sam Chandler (contact only) 

Central Otago - Robyn Van Reenan (contact only) 

Australia - Karen Vidler (on Executive) 

09 407-3233

027 213 8159

09 425-6722

027 249 8245

07 346-0478

022 307 9212 

021 163 6955

0274 498 939

027 6499 926

03 548-3147

021 181 9275

021 1412 194

027 443 1812  

0061 458572168