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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: 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 Huber, 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 2018

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

September 24 – 30, 2019 Malcolm Island Bookbinding Retreat

Learn to bind books with me 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.

Full details and registrations can be found here.

November 8 + 9, 2019 CRAFTED SHOW + SALE

March 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*)


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

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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