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Fall 2020 – small group workshops to be taught at my home studio in Winnipeg – details and dates coming soon!

I am thrilled to announce that I have received certification as an instructor with Bookbinding Out of the Box, an international network of instructors qualified to teach the contemporary bindings of Benjamin Elbel, a fine binder and box maker based in the Netherlands. I am now certified to teach both the tue-mouche and dos rapporté bindings.

Sunday, October 4, 2020 10 – 4 FULL Monday, October 5, 2020 10 – 4 FULL Tue-mouche Binding Workshop

tue-mouche bindings with image transfer onto zaansch bord paper

Tue-Mouche is a binding designed by Benjamin Elbel of Elbel Libro . “Reilure tue-mouche” literally means “flypaper binding”, named after one of the original iterations of this design that resembled some kind of big fly trapped in fly tape. It is a beautiful, elegant design with many wonderful design features: a refined hinge that is perfectly level with the covers, yap edges, a sewn hinge that allows for a subtle but effective design feature and the ability to create windows or frames to showcase art work or other items you might want to feature.

In this intermediate workshop you will be walked through the steps of this bookbinding structure and create your own tue-mouche book using St. Armand handmade papers as covers.

Options: one day, one book two days, two books – a chance to work through the binding a second time while it’s all still fresh in your mind

Dos Rapporté Binding Workshop

Dates to be announced soon!

Dos Rapporté binding in progress

September 10, 2020 10-4 Image Transfer onto Wooden Boards

image transfer on wooden boards, coptic bound

Image transfers allow you to really individualize your book covers. In this workshop we will be learning how to transfer an image to wooden covers. We will spend time experimenting and then working on three sets of wooden book covers. One will be sewn in class and the other two will be for you to complete on your own.

Cost: $150 plus $25 materials fee

2020 Malcolm Island Bookbinding Retreat – POSTPONED! Stay tune for 2021 dates

Due to Covid 19 and travel restrictions we are waiting to announce final dates and details.  

Full details and registrations will be posted as soon as dates can be finalized.

Learn to bind books and create artistic content for your in beautiful British Columbia!

I will be teaching a 5 day workshop on Malcolm Island which is located in the Queen Island Strait near Vancouver Island (one of my favourite places on earth!).

10 women – 5 days (6 nights).  Will include all bookbinding supplies and materials, home cooked meals, a crab dinner, sea kayaking, hiking, beach combing, eco dying,, mono printing …

You can share an ocean front room with a friend or enjoy some solitude indoor own private room.

December 1 + 3, 2020

Intro to Coptic Binding – TWO SPOTS LEFT

Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, MB

Registration is now open! classes will be smaller to allow for physical distancing so register early to avoid disappointment.

$150 + Membership

For info or to register, phone Martha Street Studio during regular office hours (204) 779-6253.

Coptic binding dates back to the 4th century and is perfect for creating unique sketch books, journals, guest books or photo books. Because of its unique structure, the pages of a Coptic-bound book will lay completely flat creating a book that is flexible without sacrificing strength. In this workshop participants will create two books, one with customized covers using decorative paper and one with traditional wooden covers, binding them together using the two needle Coptic stitch.

December 8 + 10, 2020 Long Stitch Link Stitch through a wooden spine – FULL

Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, MB

Registration is now open! classes will be smaller to allow for physical distancing so register early to avoid disappointment.

$150 + Membership

For info or to register, phone Martha Street Studio during regular office hours (204) 779-6253.

Learn how to bind a book using the long stitch, link stitch binding method, a centuries old technique that originated in medieval Germany. In this updated version we will be using handmade Saint Armand paper for the covers and sewing through a wooden spine to create a sturdy sketchbook or journal.

August 2, 2019Art Talk – Free Press Cafe

Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe, 237 McDermot Avenue

5:30: Doors open 6:00 pm: Dinner 6:15 pm Art Talk 7:30-9pm

$25 (plus tax) Please reserve and pre-order: wfpnewscafe@gmail.com or phone (204)421-0682

Art Talk / Art Walk: Art by the Book

There’s a lot of discussion about what an artists’ book can be. Whether it’s a unique sculptural object or a widely distributed multiple, whether it uses words, pictures (or a bit of both), whether it’s freely handled or carefully preserved, a bookwork is a perfect fusion of form and content. Erwin Huebner, Debra Frances Plett and Ann Stinner will talk about their often misunderstood medium, their creative processes and why the artists’ book is so important in our digital age.

August 22, 2019 Art of the Book 2018, Winnipeg, MB

August 22, 2019 – Art of the Book Exhibition

Bow Low and Give Me a Home

Art of the Book 2018 is and international juried exhibition of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, opening in Victoria in 2018 and traveling across Canada for two years landing in Winnipeg at the midway point.

Opening reception: Thursday, August 22 time TBA Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain.

Exhibition runs until October 3, 2019

August 24 + 25, 2019 – Paper Making and Book Binding

September 17, 2019 – Art of the Book Panel Discussion

November 8 + 9, 2019 CRAFTED SHOW + SALE

March 4 + 11, 2020

Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg

Intro to Coptic Binding Workshop

Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg

Intro to Coptic Binding Workshop
w/Debra Frances Plett
Wednesday March 4, 6-9 pm &
Wednesday March 11, 6-9 pm
$125 (+ MPA membership*)

EXTRA WORKSHOP ADDED:

Wednesday March 18, 6-9 pm & Wednesday March 25, 6-9 pm

CANCELLED due to COVID 19

Call (204) 779-6253 today to secure your spot!
 
Coptic binding dates back to the 4th century and is perfect for creating unique sketch books, journals, guest books or photo books. Because of its unique structure, the pages of a Coptic-bound book will lay completely flat creating a book that is flexible without sacrificing strength. In this workshop participants will create two books, one with customized covers using decorative paper and one with traditional wooden covers, binding them together using the two needle Coptic stitch.
 
Debra Frances Plett is a bookbinder and book artist drawn to the beauty, strength and versatility of the book. Her first experience of book binding was a class at Martha Street Studio.  Since then she has earned her core certificate in book arts at MCBA in Minneapolis where she is currently pursuing the advanced certificate with a focus on historical bindings.
 

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