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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.

October 1 -3, 2019 Printmaking and Bookbinding Workshops

Oceanfront Hotel, Sointula, BC

Cost: $95 per workshop. 1:00 – 3:30 each day

For registration and payment contact Robin Smith at the Oceanfront Hotel by September 10th (non refundable after the 14th).

Tuesday, October 1 – Mono Print Workshop – Sue Gordon

Mono printing is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once (unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple originals). Using an etching press and other printmaking methods, participants in this workshop will create a series of unique colour 5 x 7 prints for incorporating into a book or as a cover for a hand sewn pamphlet. Artwork may also be framed. No experience or aptitude is necessary! This is a fun and relaxed workshop for both artists and non artists. All supplies are included (paper, inks, tools, paints … ). Please bring an old shirt to wear and soft rags to clean up inks.

mono prints by Sue Gordon (made while on Malcolm Island)

Wednesday, October 2 – Bookbinding – Debra Frances

In this workshop we will be exploring pamphlets and booklets. The pamphlet stitch is one of the most simple sewn bindings, but with small modifications to the materials and structure there are endless ways to modify the binding to create unique books. Using mono prints made in the previous day’s workshop and/or St. Armand handmade paper we will create several books. No experience is necessary and all supplies and tools are included. If you have favourite tools of your own feel free to bring those (awl, bone folder, scalpel or blade). You may also bring along any pages you might want to incorporate into your books.

Thursday, October 3 – Leather Bound Journal – Debra Frances

Create your own unique 3 1/2″ x 5″ leather journal using the long stitch link stitch binding method. This style of binding allows for all the pages to lay completely flat, ideal for writing, drawing or displaying images. Hand sewn construction makes it easy to remove old pages and add new ones, so you can refresh and renew your journal’s content. Mono prints can be used as cover pages or interspersed throughout. All supplies and tools are included but you are welcome to bring along any favourite tools you may already own.

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