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PLEASE NOTE:

To ensure the safety of all participants I will only be accepting registrants that have been double vaccinated.

Tue-Mouche Binding Workshops

September 18, 2021 10 am – 4 pm

September 25, 2021 10 am – 4 pm

Cost $150 plus $35.00 materials fee

Tue-Mouche is a binding designed by Benjamin Elbel of Elbel Libro Bookbinding based in the Netherlands.. “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’s 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 artwork or other items you might want to feature.

Classes will be held at my home studio in Winnipeg and class size is limited to three participants which will allow for plenty of one on one interaction and hands on instruction.

This is an advanced class that requires previous bookbinding experience. Please contact me if you have questions.

Registration can be purchased through my online shop.

CRAFTED 2021 SHOW + SALE

November 5, 6, 7

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Long Stitch Link Stitch Binding Workshops

November 27, 2021 10 am – 2 pm

December 4, 2021 10 am – 2 pm

Cost: $95 + $35 materials fee

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.

Classes will be held at my home studio in Winnipeg and class size is limited to five participants allowing for plenty of one on one interaction and hands on instruction.

No bookbinding experience is required.

Registration can be purchased through my online shop.

Dos Rapporté Binding Workshops

January 22, 23, 2022 10:00 am – 1:00 pm both days

January 29, 30, 2022 10:00 am – 1:00 pm both days

Cost: $150 + $35 materials fee

Dos Rapporté is a contemporary binding designed by Benjamin Elbel of Elbel Libro Bookbinding based in the Netherlands. This unique design has a spine whose edges fold back on themselves, a little bit like a hollow. This allows it to be made off the book and later attached (in French: rapporté). Beyond the fact that the books bound this way open well, this spine construction stands out through its clean, stylish shape, and through the quality of the transition to the boards. If it is well made, the spine and boards end up perfectly level, with a line in between which is neither a score, nor a groove, but something else, something unique, pleasant to the eye and to the touch.

This will be a two day workshop to allow our text blocks and covers to dry under weight for the night. Classes will be taught at my home studio in Winnipeg and will be limited to three participants allowing for plenty of one on one interaction and hands on instruction.

This is an advanced class that requires previous bookbinding experience. Please contact me if you have questions.

Registration can be purchased through my online shop

Intro to Coptic Binding Workshop

February 19, 2022 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: $95 + $35 materials fee

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 bind a book with traditional wooden covers, binding them together using the two needle (or paired stations) Coptic sewing method.

No bookbinding experience is required.

Workshop will be held at my home studio in Winnipeg and class size will be limited to 5 participants allowing for plenty of one on one interaction and hands on instruction.

Registration can be purchased through my online shop.

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Variety of coptic bound books by participants in the Intro to Coptic Binding workshop held at the c2 Centre

Coptic End Bands

February 26, 2022 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: $95 + $35 materials fee

Prerequisite: Intro to Bookbinding

End Bands, or head bands are both beautiful and functional. They add strength and can enhance the overall design of a coptic bound book. In this workshop we will prepare wood covers and begin our session by sewing up a book (ability to sew up a book using the two needle coptic method is required). This could be a good opportunity for a refresher on your coptic binding skills! We will then learn the technique of sewing end bands on the head and tail of our books.

Workshop will be held at my home studio and class size will be limited to 5 participants allowing for plenty of one on one interaction and hands on instruction.

Registration can be purchased through my online shop.

sample of a coptic bound book with coptic end bands

January 20 + 22, 2021 – Coptic Variations – University of Manitoba – Interior Design Masters Program – IDES 7210 and IDES 7220 – Masters Studio 2 & 3

Many thanks to the University of Manitoba – Department of Interior Design for this wonderful opportunity to share the art and craft of bookbinding with your masters students. This workshop is in collaboration with studio chair Tijen Roshko.

image transfer on wooden boards, coptic bound

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

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 tuned 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.

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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