Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop, Saskatoon

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 you will learn the basics of hand binding. We will cover hand tools, materials and adhesives. We will make paperback and hardcover books, glued and sewn books, single sheet and ‘signature’ books and even an accordion. We will work with both historical and contemporary structures and materials. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome.

All materials and the use of tools are included.

Susan Mills has been binding books and teaching bookbinding for a quarter century! She is on the faculty of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.

Dates: Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, October 7th and 14th

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

Instructor: Susan Mills

Cost: $135 + GST and service fees (includes materials)

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Clamshell Box Workshop – Red Fox Creative Studio, Regina

Clamshell boxes are custom-fit cases made for a precious bound book or set of books. They provide a stylish and professional appearance, while offering the necessary protection against harmful light, dirt, and usual wear. In this class participants will learn how to make their own cozy clamshell book box from start to finish.

No experience necessary. Professional art supplies included.

COST: $190

DATES & TIMES: There are two weekend workshops offered:

Sept 23rd & 24th 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (1/2 hour lunch)


Oct 21st & 23rd 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (1/2 hour lunch)

INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn Hamre

LOCATION: Red Fox Creative Studio, 300 – 1954 Angus Street, Regina, SK

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Introduction to Papermaking Workshop in Regina


Papermaking is an ancient practice offering infinite possibilities for your art projects. Using minimal space and simple equipment, learn different methods of fibre preparation, screen making, and how to pull and dry sheets of paper. We’ll do two small projects using your handmade paper. Bring along dried flowers as inclusions if you wish. 15 years and up.

Date and Time: Sat. Dec. 9th (9:30 am to 4 pm) and Sun. Dec. 10th (1 to 4 pm)

Cost: $99.50

Instructor: Gerda Osteneck

Location: Neil Balkwill Arts Centre, 2420 Elphinstone Street, Regina

For more info or to register, consult the City of Regina Leisure Guide

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Paper Pulp Sculpture Workshop in Regina


In this workshop you will learn how to sculpt with paper pulp. Make baskets, cups or vessels. Use multiple molds and build a variety of shapes. These items could be used in future collage projects. Learn how to paint the pulp. You will leave with your handmade piece!

COST: $70/person
DATE & TIME: Sunday, Sept. 17th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Gerda Osteneck
LOCATION: Red Fox Creative Studio, 1954 Angus Street

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The Evolving Book – Contemporary Artist Book Practices, Banff Centre Residency

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:


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Word on the Street Saskatoon

 CBBAG Saskatchewan will be participating in this year’s Word on the Street Festival in Saskatoon. If you are interested in being part of the event —helping with set-up or take-down, doing a demonstration, showing work— please contact either Kristina Komendant or Kate Hodgson for further details using the contact form below.


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The Orihime Binding

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.


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