CBBAG Saskatoon Get-Together and Bookish Exhibition

CBBAG SK invites everyone for a get-together and tour of Cathryn Miller’s exhibition Bookish on Sunday, November 20th.  The group will meet at 1:00 pm for coffee at the Coachman Restaurant at Market Mall in Saskatoon and then visit Cathryn’s exhibit.  Cathryn will be in attendance to show the work and teach interested individuals how to fold their own wishing stars – see her press release below for details.

please RSVP to cbbagsk@gmail.com

YouÕre Invited to a Create A ThonBookish Press Release:

Gallery on the Greens and the management of Market Mall are pleased to announce Bookish, an exhibition of work by Cathryn Miller of Byopia Press. The works on display cover the range of Miller’s oeuvre from altered book sculptures to miniature books. There will be some old favourites in new forms and several completely new works.

As an added bonus for the month of November, Miller’s installation piece The Persistence of Hope will be on display at Market Mall in the space between Smitty’s and The Children’s Museum. The work takes the form of a meditation labyrinth made of tens of thousands of paper stars, each with a wish hand-written inside it. Miller has been collecting wishes and folding stars for almost two and a half years to create this piece. She will be in attendance to show the work and teach interested individuals how to fold their own wishing stars from 2 to 4 on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons throughout the month.

Miller has been working in the book arts for twenty years and making artist’s books since 2004. Her works are held in public and private collections around the world. Paper and book works from Byopia Press have been shown in more than sixty exhibitions: local, national, and international. Miller has twice won the Clara Baldwin Award for best Functional/Production Work at Dimensions, the biennial juried exhibition of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. She has also won a Merit Award, and the Jane Turnbull Evans Award for Innovation. When she won the Premier’s Prize For The Outstanding Entry in 2011 she became the only individual ever to receive this award for work in two different media. She won the Premier’s Prize for a third time in 2015.

Bookish will be on view from November 1 to December 31, 2016 during Market Mall hours: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday – 9:30 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:30 am – 9 pm
Sunday & Statutory Holidays – 11 am – 5 pm

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Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, Regina -Book”ish” Workshops

There are two upcoming workshops at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina on Papermaking and Altered Books and Boxes. The dates on these workshops coincide with creating some beautiful handmade holiday gifts! They are being facilitated by Regina artist and CBBAG member Gerda Osteneck. Check below for more details on the workshops and register online.

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Regina Workshop: How to Present Book Art in Photographic Form & Writing an Artist’s Statement

Join us for a workshop that will help when submitting your book arts work for grants, or  shows and exhibitions! This is also a perfect prep-step to Art of the Book 2018,  the seventh juried exhibition of CBBAG members’ work, which will be held in Victoria, BC.

Saturday, Nov. 5th 10 am – 3 pm

Place: Regina, SK, location TBA

Instructors: Gail F. Chin & Kathy Hamre

Gail F. Chin, PhD (UCLA) taught art history at the Visual Arts Dept. of the University of Regina since 1998. Since retirement she has taken up her childhood dream of being a photographer. She has had a one person show and participated in a number of group shows. She also writes and photographs for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Workshop Agenda:


Part 1 is a workshop on documenting book art in photographic form. Attendees should bring their own cameras, tripods and laptop computers, and one piece of work they might want to document. If one does not have access to this equipment, some will be available from the instructor during the workshop. This is a hands-on workshop with students learning how to present their work professionally with as little digital processing as possible. Some problems to be discussed will be: reflections, lighting, depth of field, software programs, apps, etc.


Part 2 is writing an artist’s statement that might be used to accompany a portfolio for grant or graduate school application. If the attendees have a body of work done, it is often easier to write the artist’s statement, so please bring sketchbooks or slides of your own works would prove to be useful. Note paper will be provided.

Cost: members $30, non-members $40 (payable at the workshop)

To Register: please email cbbagsk@gmail.com



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Book Swap “Adventures in Book Making”

We are announcing a new swap/book exchange for 2017! In this swap you will be required to choose a binding method (can be simple or complicated – you can choose), perhaps this is one you are very familiar with, or perhaps it is a binding you have always wanted to learn. Everyone will have a different binding to explore, and in the end you will make an edition of your book, one copy for each participant, and we’ll swap! That means you will receive a copy of everyone’s book in exchange for a copy of your own. In addition, for this swap we are also asking you to provide the instructions for your binding, and so you’ll also get the steps for making each binding method as well! This is going to be the ultimate book making adventure!

If you would like to commit to this “Adventure in Book Making”, please email cbbagsk@gmail.com and let us know which binding you would like to tackle. We’ll keep a list of the bindings already taken listed below, so you’ll know what is already “claimed”.

List of Bindings Currently Reserved for the Swap:

  1. panel book
  2. accordion book
  3. double fold book with original art concertina
  4. Japanese stab binding
  5. caterpillar stitch binding
  6. papyrus scroll
  7. long stitch
  8. tunnel book
  9. leather bound book
  10. flat-style Australian reverse hinge binding
  11. buttonhole stitch binding
  12. instant book

Timeline: Sign up for the swap by Dec. 16th, 2016, completed books will be due in January 2018, and we’ll have a big swap reveal date shortly after that. So you’ll have a year to get this swap completed.


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The Accordion and Fold Book Workshop

CBBAG Saskatchewan hosted an accordion and fold book workshop in Davidson on Sunday October 2. Led by Cathryn Miller of Byopia Press, the ten participants made three simple accordion books using three different methods, two boustrophedon books, a model of Hedi Kyle’s panel book, two different flexagons, and an interlocked band closure.






Participants also enjoyed a short show and tell session during the lunch break.


(All photos by David G. Miller.)


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Retreat Update & Accordion Workshop in Davidson

Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel our weekend retreat to Manitou Springs due to low enrollment, but the good news is that we’ll try another date for the retreat in the spring, hopefully it will fit into everyone’s schedules better then.

Instead we’re offering a single Sunday in Davidson, on October 2nd because we still want to make some books! Here are the details:

Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 10 am to 3 pm, Davidson Town Hall, Davidson, SK

Cost: members $30, non-members $40, plus a small materials fee payable to the instructor

Workshop Agenda: Cathryn Miller will lead us through making 3(!) different accordion books along side a Hedi Kyle panel book, there will also be a short break for lunch (bring your own bagged lunch or there are a few options around Davidson where you can buy a lunch, ie. Co-Op, A&W, etc.). No experience necessary, this workshop is good for all levels of bookbinders.


“Snowy Owl” (accordion book structure) by Cathryn Miller



“Over The Hills” (a Hedi Kyle panel book structure) by Cathryn Miller

List of Supplies to be Brought by Attendees:

  • sharp knife, such as an Exato or Olfa mat knife (preference to ones with snap-off blades)
  • metal straight edge ruler (18″ approx. is a good size)
  • self-healing cutting mat (18″ approx. is a good size)
  • pencil (standard HB is fine, but mechanical type is nice too)
  • dull-bladed table knife (non-serrated) or other scoring tool
  • bone folder (if you have one)
  • acid-free glue stick, or other preferred adhesive with appropriate applicator

* if you do not have these items, please don’t go out and buy anything, let us know and we can accommodate you

To Register: Email cbbagsk@gmail.com and let us know you will be attending! No need to send a cheque, we’ll collect dues at the workshop, but please RSVP asap!


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CBBAG SK at Word on the Street

Thanks Saskatoon for checking out our humble booth at Word on the Street this past Sunday! It was awesome to see so many people excited about book making!

Also, special thanks go to our awesome volunteers who spent the day showcasing our chapter with some fun little books that visitors were able to make and take.

Photos by Gail Chin.

Photos by Kristina Komendant.

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