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Book Arts Exhibition in Saskatoon

An exhibition of works from Murray Library Special Collections, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon is on display in the Link Gallery until the end of March 2018.

The Link Gallery is located on the first floor of the Murray Library, and is open during library hours. You can read more about the display here.


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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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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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A Saskatoon Activities Update


Susan Mills will have her Field Notebooks on sale at Void Gallery as part of the Small Works exhibition which runs until December 31. This edition is made from Saskatchewan plants.

She will also be teaching an Introductory Bookbinding workshop at Creative Commons YXE on two upcoming Sundays: January 15 and 22, 2017. Susan 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. On-line registration is available here.

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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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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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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.



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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



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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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The Light Swap 3

Here are this week’s swap books.

Because of Light we have Colour





I spent a long time thinking about the text of this book and when I did get writing it – the form of separate signatures suggested different topics within the theme of light and colour.  I wanted to include a section on the physics of light and colour and another section on the spiritual use of light as metaphor.  Physically I had a lot of pleasure putting together coloured objects, colourful marbled pages and even using a rather vividly coloured variegated  thread to bind it. The title Because of Light we have Colour allowed me to go in many directions.

Kate Hodgson


Prairie Light on Longest Night


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How could I meet the challenge of making 18 books for the Light swap, manage the process and reflect my experience of winter light on prairie?  The essential elements would be wheatpaste painting, simplicity, sky, snow and sparkles.  The result is a long horizontal concertina fold book with chocolate box inner wrapper fitting into a matching envelope .  When we met for the exchange, the significance of the solstice season on prairie became especially apparent as the books were opened and connected together around the circle .

Barbara Vance Mader


Only two books this week, but there is an added bonus: you can see a picture of Prairie Light on Longest Night being assembled around the table by clicking here.


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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