Traditional Japanese Stab Binding

Instructor:  Marilyn Book
Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Date: Saturday, Feb 20, 2021
Hours: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ***Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)***

Course fee: $45 members / $105 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)
Prerequisite: none
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 8 students

Presented by: Southwest Ontario Chapter
Registration closes Mon, Feb 15 11:59 PM EST

Please note this is a live workshop and is not recorded.

Sign up today to spend a few hours exploring the creativity and structure of traditional Japanese stab bindings!The focus will be on the 4 foundational stitching patterns: the Four-Hole, the Nobel, the Hemp-Leaf, and the Tortoise Shell. Once you have mastered the four foundations, you will be amply prepared to experiment with your own design for stitching patterns. So, dig into your paper stash to find those special pieces you’ve been saving and join in to make 4 books in one workshop!

Online Workshop process:
The instructor will be in contact when registration is completed to share any necessary directions about materials preparation.
Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop which allows participants to take the best advantage of the live format.
The Zoom invitation link to the workshop will be sent from the instructor by email prior to the date of the course.
Please review the technical requirements on the workshop registration page prior to registration to be sure you can participate! 
Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded.
Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

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https://www.cbbag.ca/event-4133650

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Square Dance

Cathryn Miller

Exhibition Dates: January 16, 2021 – March 6, 2021 

Artist Talk: February 17, 2021 7:00 pm 

Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present Square Dance, a solo exhibition by Saskatchewan paper artist Cathryn Miller. 

Cathryn’s paper and book works have won multiple accolades and awards. They have won the Premier’s Prize for the Outstanding Entry three times at Dimensions, the SCC’s biannual touring juried exhibition.
This intricate and extraordinary exhibition, created solely of paper, relies on textile tradition to reinterpret and expand on how memory is held and shared. In their artist statement, Cathryn describes their interest for unusual ways of sharing memories and communicating — such as infographics, cryptography, and the artist’s own personal iconography that takes the place of traditional words and pictures.

Cathryn states: 

“The works in the exhibition are unified by the use of a single material — paper — and by the recurring use of the square as the primary design element. The use of paper rather than fabric allows the structures to expand into the third dimension, and to be seen without some of the emotional responses evoked by traditional textiles.”

A virtual artist talk will take place on Wednesday February 17, 2021 at 7pm CST hosted on Zoom. You can register here.

Square Dance is on view in the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery from January 16 to March 6, 2021. 

To book a personal tour, please contact 306 653 3616

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A Hedi Kyle Valentine – the Panorama Book online workshop
Instructor:  Barbara Helander
Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
Hours: 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ***Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)***
Course fee: $45 members / $105 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)
Prerequisite: none
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 15 students
Presented by: GTA Chapter
Registration closes Tues, Jan 26 11:59 PM EST

Please note this is a live workshop only – nothing will be recorded. 
This little trio of panoramas is sure to warm the heart of your favourite Valentine – or put a smile on the face of a loved one!  

These cards are based on the Hedi Kyle structure called the Panorama Book.   

Join Barbara Helander on Zoom and she will virtually guide you through the making of these Panorama Valentines. 

Once you learn the structure, you will discover how versatile it is… the uses are boundless!

Sign up Now! 


Online Workshop process: Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop which allows participants to take the best advantage of the live format. It is recommended that participants complete their registration early because the instructor will be in contact as soon as registration is completed to share detailed directions about materials preparation. The Zoom invitation link to the workshop will be sent from the instructor by email prior to the date of the course. Please review the technical requirements on the workshop registration page prior to registration to be sure you can participate! 
Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. 
In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded. Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

Please note this is a live workshop only – nothing will be recorded. 

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CBBAG Annual Report

The 2019 Annual Report for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild is now available at: https://www.cbbag.ca/resources/Documents/CBBAG_annual_report_2019.pdf

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Con•nec•ton: Forty Years of Artist’s Books – Lise Melhorn-Boe

Many of you may be familiar with the artwork of Lise Melhorn-Boe (we hosted her here in SK for a workshop a few years ago now). She has just put on a 40-year retrospective show at the Window Art Gallery in Kingston, ON and has done a wonderful virtual tour and talk for everyone!

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More Books at Home

Here’s a great online video that demonstrates how to create a non-adhesive hardcover accordion book: http://ow.ly/AO9T50zqhNi

Keep creating!

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Bookish Things to Do At Home

Looking for something to keep you busy while inside? Here’s a few suggestions:

Make a Australian Reverse Piano Hinge Book: Here is a video tutorial and downloadable handout (instructions and paper details) to create your very own book. This is great for beginners and advanced bookmakers and isn’t a huge time commitment either. Created by CBBAG Sask member Robin Canham.

Check out the free online courses at FutureLearn: Right now there is a free four week course all about The Book of Kells and another one that looks really interesting on Scottish Handwriting.

Fish Parchment? Yes, you can create your very own book cover material with fish skin. Peter Verheyen has started an online challenge to try to make something a little different – fish skin parchment. He recently wrote an article that appeared in Book Arts Canada, entitled “Flips” and His Eels: Fish Skin in Bookbinding. Also check out Peter’s many posts on his blog. There is also going to be an online workshop. Details on the challenge can be found here.

If you have any more suggestions, leave your comments below!

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Guild of Book Workers Videos Free for 1 Month

The Guild of Book Workers (GBW) acknowledges that many people are struggling to figure out how to work or learn from home as schools, cultural heritage organizations, and businesses across the nation close in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In response to this developing situation, GBW’s Board of Directors has decided to make all videos on the Guild of Book Workers’ Vimeo page available to rent, FREE of charge for the next month. This offer is open to everyone, regardless of membership status.

The GBW Vimeo page can be found here: https://bit.ly/2U9ZHEZ

Enter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on April 17, 2020. If you have any difficulty using this promo code, please contact GBW President Bexx Caswell-Olson at president@guildofbookworkers.org. Technical questions relating to the Vimeo website should be directed to Vimeo.

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Prairie Art Book Fair, 2020, Winnipeg, MB

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (1-460 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB) is pleased to announce the second iteration of the Prairie Art Book Fair (PABF). Established as a means of acknowledging the critical relationship between contemporary art and publishing with a regional focus on the Prairies. PABF provides a space for publishers and artists to share their work and for the art book community to intensify and flourish. The fair showcases publications and events from Prairie-based publishers, artists, and galleries ranging from zines, catalogues, artist editions, fiction, poetry, criticism, and periodicals.

Exhibitor applications are due April 30, 2020 and successful applicants will be notified after the closing date. If you are interested in renting a table or organizing an event in conjunction with the fair please fill out our online application form or contact Erin Josephson-Laidlaw, Bookstore Manager: erin@plugin.org for more information.

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Cross Structure Variation Bookbinding Workshop w/Susan Mills, Saskatoon, SK

Cross Structure Book Variation

Do you want to get things together in book form? Or make yourself a custom notebook? Have you ever wondered just how a book is made? In this workshop we will cover the basics of constructing a sewn multi-section softcover book.

This non-adhesive binding has many design possibilities. The pages are sewn directly onto paper straps that continue and fold to form the cover. This is a contemporary binding developed by Carmencho Arrequi and is based on her study of historical limp bindings. Participants will find this book to be easily adapted to a full leather cover.

No previous binding experience required; everyone with an interest in books is welcome

The use of tools and all materials are included.

Susan Mills is an artist and bookbinder currently based in Saskatoon.

Date & Time: Sunday, March 29th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Void Gallery, 312 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK

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