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New Work

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.


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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 tonight.its.poetry@gmail.com to secure a spot.

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

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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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Susan Mills Introduction to Bookbinding

Looking for a book-related activity this summer? Creative Commons YXE, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK, Canada may have what you want.

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 and of The Center for Book Arts in New York.

Dates: Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, July 10th and 17th
Instructor: Susan Mills
Cost: $135 + GST (includes materials)


Don’t delay: this will fill up quickly!


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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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Long & Linkstitch Books with Susan Mills

Yesterday was the first in a planned, ongoing series of workshops called Day in Davidson. All twelve participants were able to attend and had a good time learning to sew longstitch and linkstitch books under the excellent instruction of Susan Mills. Most of this post is pictures of Susan’s hands, as she taught by demonstrating each step of the process. Here are some of Susan’s books to give you an idea of what we were learning.



Setting up the workspaces:



Susan about to begin:



Learning the steps:












We had a bit of show and tell at lunchtime. Here Kathy Hamre explains the structure of a travel book that she made.


And as a demonstration of the diligence of Susan’s students, here’s a picture of Robin Canham working very hard!


Everyone had a wonderful time. This was a great start to the Day in Davidson series. Thanks to Susan for her excellent instructions and for generously donating the materials for the workshop.

(Photo credit: all images in this post, except the one of Susan’s examples at the start, were taken by Gail F. Chin.)


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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

RC 1

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

AB 1

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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