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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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Art Journal Jam – Lumsden, SK

The Lumsden and District Arts Council is holding a spring workshop all about Art Journals!

What is art journaling? Art journaling is play, exploration & experimentation wrapped into one – imperfection is ok!

In this workshop you will explore both the written and visual components of this creative art form; you will have a chance to try numerous painting and decorative techniques and you can explore any theme for the written part of your art journal. This will be a fast paced workshop so that you can try lots of quick creative approaches and go home with lots of great ideas!

Basic art supplies and a sketch journal will be included in the cost but you should bring a plastic gift card, 6 magazines that you can cut up, a dark sharpie permanent marker, and watercolour paints (if you have them). No artistic skills or talent required!

Instructor: Chris Nykoluk

Cost: $35.00 members. Non members-$45.00

Date: Sunday March 26th, 1-4 pm

Place: ArtSpace in Centennial Hall, Lumsden, SK

Registration: Send your fees to Box 1214, Lumsden, SK S0G 3C0 or drop by the Lumsden ArtSpace during open studio times. Class limit – 10.

Email lumsdenanddistrictartscouncil@gmail.com for more information!


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Saskatoon Update, January 4, 2017

Susan Mills will be having a solo artist exhibition at 330g Gallery in Saskatoon beginning January 20, 2017.


Susan’s two-day Bookbinding course (Sundays, January 15 and 22) at Creative Commons YXE has one space left. More information can be found here. Creative Commons YXE will also be offering a Box Making course (Sundays, April 2 and 9) taught by Susan Mills. Information about the course and a link for registration can be found here.

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Year-end Wrap-up

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.



Cathryn answering a question

Cathryn answering a question

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.

Cathryn explaining a step

Cathryn explaining a step


Explaining another step

Explaining another step


Busy hands

Busy hands

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.

Showing a book

Demonstrating a diorama

Show and tell 1

Show and tell 2

Show and tell 3

Show and tell 4

The afternoon was filled with cheerful discussions and shared enthusiasm.

A discussion

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.




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The Book Art of Richard Minsky

Those of you who attended the Long and Linkstitch workshop on Saturday heard Susan Mills talk about apprenticing with Richard Minsky, founder of the Center for Book Arts, New York City. I thought it might be interesting for everyone to have a look at some of his work. If you are viewing on a computer, click on the image to get the full screen view. Press escape to exit full screen mode. If you are viewing on a smart phone or tablet, click on open publication just below the bottom left corner of the image. This will take you directly to the issuu  website.




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The Light Swap 7

Here is the final swap contribution (a blook rather than a book), and a bonus from a surprise guest.

The Light-up Book

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RC 2

I took inspiration for my book from a quote by Madeleine L’Engle: “A book too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe”.

This book does just that. It brings light to darkness, just in the same way that bookbinding has brought a light into my life.

From a technical perspective, I wanted to challenge myself to work with something new, so I hacked LED Christmas ornaments and created the USB powered light-up books. Each book is unique in appearance and incorporates book cloth, decorative papers, tissue, and LED components.

Robin Canham


Melancholy Remedies

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AB 2

When my good friend, Professor Arabella D. Button, heard about the gathering she crashed the party to deliver her own interpretation of Light.  Although she has sold books at Comic Conventions under the name Professor Button’s Handbound Books she is also an apothecary.  She thought we might all need a pick-me-up after the excitement of the swap and brought Melancholy Remedies to restore ‘light’-heartedness; one for morning and one for bedtime.  The vials of pills were encased in a version of a clam shell box, constructed to resemble a book when placed on a shelf.


Erin Partridge


We hope everyone has enjoyed this series.

If you have a question about any of these books, please contact us at cbbagsk@gmail.com. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate artist.

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The Light Swap 6

This week features the final two books from the Light swap.



TB 1

TB 2

TB 3

My book for the Light Swap started with the search for a text. “Light” by Rabindranath Tagore seemed perfect, and I chose handmade paper from Papeterie St. Armand – golden yellow for the book, and plum for the wrapper.

The poem mentions lilies and jasmine, so I made linocuts of the two flowers. While I was setting the type, I thought of using a simple structure I had learned from Ed Hutchins and while I was playing with the image and text proofs, it occurred to me that I could print the poem inside the structure instead of on the surface. Then I thought it would be interesting to find a way to light the text. I called a friend who teaches in the Engineering faculty at MUN who put me in touch with an electrical engineer who made some suggestions. A classroom kit for learning about circuits seemed just the thing, as it uses adhesive-backed copper tape and mini LED lights.

With the addition of a few dingbats, everything came together!

Tara Bryan



LC 1 LC 2 LC 3

When starting my book I had so many ideas for “Light”. My mind went off on a tangent and just whirled around until I had to come back down to earth and start to really think about me and the word light. I love stitching and thought “Hey the stitch mark makes a point for light”.

So was born a book with stitching. The initial page was machine stitched, then folded, and the pockets were hand sewn with a blanket stitched edge. I thought about how the viewer could interact with this book and create their own light. Using spools of threads for the shapes and sizes of the circles (staying with the stitch theme) I cut holes in the paper to allow the viewer to peek through to see different dark and light colours. The pockets held slips of paper that could be taken out or turned over for a different value of colour. This book was designed to be interactive.

This was a fun project and I am thankful to have been able to participate.

Leann Clifford


If you have a question about any of these books, please contact us at cbbagsk@gmail.com. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate artist.


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