Category Archives: Artist’s Books
The Banff Centre is currently accepting applications for residencies March 5 to March 30, 2018 in artists books. This is really exciting news!
Here’s a quick overview from their website:
Program Overview: The Evolving Book: Contemporary Artist Book Practices is a program focused on the role of artists’ books in contemporary art practice. Artists’ books (books as art) arose in the 1900s as a format for exploring visual art and text-based practices; as a method of democratizing art distribution, and as a vehicle for sharing conceptual, critical, and political ideas.
This program will explore the shifting understanding of contemporary artists’ books as an expansive practice; whereby the book format generates (rather than indicates an end point of) the creative process.
Oral practices, graphic design and typography, photography, performative practices, craft, alternative book structures, the book as object and sculpture, and publishing and distribution systems are included in this broad understanding of the book as a beginning point in a public practice.
What does the program offer? Residencies offer structured programs where artists, curators, and other arts professionals come together to create work and discuss pertinent themes. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work.
In this program, participants will develop and create new work, construct and de-construct format, structure, language, and explore various mediums to push artists’ books into new territories and forms.
This residency will include access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives collection of over 4,000 artists’ books.
Who should apply? Visual artists of all mediums, graphic designers, illustrators, and typographers are welcome to apply. Applicants should have an exhibition/publication record, formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
You can find more info about the program and prepare your application here: https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/evolving-book/20180305
Cathryn Miller of Byopia Press has posted instructions for a woven book structure. Called the Orihime Binding, it is named for the heroine of the Tanabata legend. It is a three signature binding with a single sheet at the centre of each signature. The structure is held together by paper strips that weave through the pages and the cover.
The post includes a printable pdf of the book and full instructions for assembly.
Cathryn Miller will be showing some new book works at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery on the University of Saskatchewan campus the week of June 26 — 30, 2017 as part of a group exhibition. There will be a presentation by the participating artists at noon on Tuesday the 27th, and a celebratory evening on the 28th. Cathryn will also be in attendance at the gallery on Thursday and Friday mornings, the 29th and 30th.
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.
The final get-together of CBBAG Saskatchewan before the start of summer was held yesterday in Davidson. The pouring rain made it a good day to spend inside engaged in book-related activities.
The morning started off with Cathryn Miller presenting a slide show of altered books, both other people’s and her own.
The rest of the morning was spent making a special version of CBBAG PIE, a book shaped like a pie wedge that includes its own pie server.
Everyone worked hard to get their books finished by lunchtime.
We broke for lunch, generously provided by Leann (with a little help from others) before more book activities in the afternoon.
Several people had brought work to share at Show and Tell.
The afternoon was filled with cheerful discussions and shared enthusiasm.
Leann finished off the afternoon by telling the group about the exciting events she and Robin have planned to begin in the fall. You will need to watch this space for upcoming announcements and registration information.
All photographs of the day’s activities were taken by Gail F. Chin.
If you want to make your own copy of the CBBAG Pie book, you can download the pdf here. Instructions for printing and assembly can be found on Cathryn Miller’s blog, along with the original Cabbage Pie book. Please note that the guides for scoring the pie page on the CBBAG Pie version are on the coloured (non-text) side.