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Beginner Bookbinding Workshop – Saskatoon

When: Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:00-9:30 PM
Where: The Open Storefront Project, 725 Broadway Avenue (next to Calories), Saskatoon

Ever wanted to self-publish a chapbook of your poetry, but wanted to make it a little fancier than just stapling some pages together? Then this workshop is for you! Learn three basic bookbinding methods, and take home the books you make!

This workshop is being hosted by The Open Storefront Project, which is sponsored by Calories restaurant.

Cost: A suggested donation of $10 to cover cost of materials

Spaces are limited, so please email to secure a spot.

For more information, please see the event page on Facebook.


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Lumsden and District Arts Council Workshops

The Lumsden and District Arts Council is offering two workshops this winter that may be of interest! Priority for registration is given to local residents up to 2 weeks before each class (“local” means you live within the Lumsden school district), but if there are spots left others can join!

Making Your Mark… An Introduction to Wheat Paste Paper Decoration


date:  Sunday, February 5

time:  9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

location:  Centennial Hall, Lumsden, SK

Wheat Paste is an incredibly expressive medium which allows you to embed “your mark” directly on a wide range of papers and fabrics. Think “finger painting for adults” – making marks and designs with simple tools, stencils and stamps.  We will then start adding multiple layers with other collage materials, colored pencils, and felt pens.  

They’re fun and easy to make.  You’ll go home with a large supply of unique papers for future projects – for cards, collages, book covers, or gift wrappings.

Book Yourself In


date:  Sunday, February 12

time:  9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

location:  Centennial Hall, Lumsden, SK

In this workshop you will learn the folding, cutting, and some simple sewing procedures involved in making both paper and hard covered books as well as the basics of bookmaking.  We’ll then proceed to variations of accordion books – some are sewn, some are simply folded, and all of them are fun!  All are easy, quick books and ideal as handcrafted gifts.  Books are a wonderful way to use your own handmade and/or decorated papers as well as combining with other commercial and recycled papers. No bookbinding experience is necessary.

Fees and Registration

Fees for each class are $75 for members and $85 for non-members. Membership fees are $10 per year.

To register, or for more information, please contact:

To ensure your place in the class send a cheque made out to Lumsden and District Arts Council to Box 1214, Lumsden, SK, S0G 3C0 or bring the cheque to ArtSpace on Tuesday morning or Thursday evening.


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Impromptu Book Bee – This Saturday

There will be an impromptu Book Bee in Regina happening this Saturday!

Bring all of your half finished projects to work on or new things you want to try out in a fun, social, and supportive environment. Bring your show and tell and we’ll enjoy the day working together.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2016

Time: 10 am – 3 pm – Bring an item for lunch, we’ll be having a potluck!

Place: Private Residence (Community Room), Regina, SK, please email for directions and details.

Cost: Free!!

Members and non-members are welcome.

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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



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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 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
  13. boiled book with Coptic stitch
  14. slot and tab binding
  15. to be determined
  16. to be determined

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.

Thanks everyone! The swap is now closed, an email going out to swap participants will be forthcoming in the new year!


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