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    • 03 May 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • 24 May 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
    • 0

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    Bound to be Flat

    Instructor: Rose Newlove

    Location: CBBAG Bindery

    Duration: 4 afternoons, Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24

    Hours: 12:30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

    Course Fee: $260 members/$320 non-members

    Materials Fee: $30 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none

    This workshop of four afternoons will explore simple binding structures that lie flat when open making then suitable for sketchbooks, journals, books that can incorporate inserts, books that can grow as you go.

    Rose Newlove is a graduate of the Fleming College conservation program and works as a book and paper conservator in Toronto. She has studied bookbinding at CBBAG with Don Taylor and Betsy Palmer Eldridge and at the American Academy of Bookbinding with Don Etherington.

    • 18 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
    • 8


    Rounded Corners Case-Making Workshop

    Instructor: Fabiana Mattos

    Location: CBBAG Bindery

    Duration: Evening, Thursday, May 18

    Hours: 6:00-8:30 pm

    Fee: $50 Member & Non-member

    Prerequisite: none

    In this workshop, you will learn how to make a book cover, the case, and how to attach it around a notebook, the book block, with rounded corners. The pocket-sized note book block is premade, so there is no sewing involved. This is a good workshop for those new to bookbinding and it allows those with some experience to try an interesting cover..

    Fabriana Mattos has worked with design and development of objects made with cardboard and covered by fabric (the technique called cartonnage) since 2005. “I enjoy the endless possibilities of mixing materials and techniques to create unique pieces. I’ve also been teaching some of my projects which gives me the opportunity to share what I discovered during my work and meet great people who love handmade products and techniques.”

    • 03 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
    • 6


    The Artful PopUp: Platforms and Sculptures

    Instructor: Helen McCusker

    Location: CBBAG Bindery

    Duration: 2 days Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4

    Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Course fee: $ 170 members/$230 non-members

    Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: None

    Learn how to make beautiful one of a kind PopUps with layered platforms and sculpted paper. We will explore a number of different ways to use these techniques, creating single folios with decorated covers, which display fully opened on a flat surface. We will use decorated and hand-painted papers, paper punches and a variety of methods to shape and embellish surfaces. Participants will make at least three different finished folios over the two days.

    Helen McCusker is a practicing artist with over 35 years of experience. A graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration Program, she worked in the publishing industry and did Illustration and Design for publishers such as Hayes, Addison-Wesley, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and Nelson’s. A board member of the Etobicoke Art Group and instructor for both Neilson Park Creative Centre and Visual Arts Mississauga, she is very active in the local arts scene. She shows her work regularly at Neilson Park Creative Center and Visual Arts Mississauga, as well as other venues. Paper Engineering (Pop Up) and Paper Sculpture have been a regular part of Helen’s art practice for over twenty years. She has taught many workshops to a variety of groups, amongst them – The Etobicoke Art Group, Visual Arts Mississauga, and private workshops. Helen’s teaching is based on a solid understanding of paper engineering techniques and practices, and personal attention to each student. She is enthusiastic about helping students discover their potential and encouraging artistic exploration. To see Helen’s work go to: or Helen McCusker Artist on Facebook.

    • 05 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
    • 6


    Bookbinding 1 Intensive

    Instructor: Barb Helander

    Location: CBBAG Bindery

    Duration: 6 days, Monday - Saturday, June 5 - 10

    Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Course fee: $510 members/$570 non-members

    Materials fee: $35 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: None

    This six-day course introduces the variety of tools, materials, sewings, and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

    Barbara Helander holds two degrees (B.Ed., M.Sc.) and her major in both was Clothing & Textiles. Her professional career was spent in apparel manufacturing where she worked in a variety of capacities ranging from product development to quality assurance. She currently acts as a textile consultant and also teaches textiles at Seneca College. In her spare time, Barbara runs a small keepsake business that includes creating one-of-a-kind books. Barb has worked her way through the core CBBAG courses and was pleased to earn her certificate in the spring of 2010.

    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto ON
    • 5


    Gothic Book Hardware

    Instructor: Mary McIntyre

    Location: CBBAG bindery

    Duration: 1 day, Sunday, June 11

    Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Course Fee: $95 members/ non-members

    Materials Fee: $30 payable to instructor

    Prerequisite: None

    Manuscript books written on vellum used "furniture", i.e. clasps to keep them closed and bosses to protect the cover surfaces. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of fabricating with brass, sawing, annealing and riveting, as they make clasps and bosses and attach them to the boards of the Gothic book binding. This is a companion workshop to Introduction to Gothic Binding 2017WKSP-15.

    Mary K. McIntyre is a Toronto-based sculptor and metalsmith who loves the spontaneous, collaborative way that metal responds when shaped under the hammer. McIntyre studied at OCADU University and under Bronfman Award-winning silversmith Lois Etherington Betteridge. Her teaching experience includes workshops on silversmithing, and fabricating metalwork for the artist’s book, at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (Toronto and Vancouver chapters). Her work has been exhibited in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa and Fredericton; it is held in private collections in Canada and the USA, and in the Canadian Contemporary Silver Collection at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery
    • 6


    Introduction to Gothic Binding

    Instructor: Don Taylor

    Location: CBBAG bindery

    Duration: 4 days, Monday - Thursday, June 12 - 15

    Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Course Fee: $340 members/$400 non-members

    Materials Fee: $40 payable to instructor

    Prerequisite: Bookbinding 1 or permission of instructor

    This four-day course will cover the construction and finishing of a 15th c. style Gothic book. The model will feature sewing on double raised cords, shaped and laced on boards, braided leather endbands over a sewn primary endband and covering in quarter goatskin which will be finished with blind tooling. The companion workshop, Gothic Book Hardware, 2017WKSP-16, will cover clasps and bosses suitable to the period.

    Don Taylor is a bookbinder and restorer who works and teaches in Toronto. He was trained in bookbinding and design at Sheridan College and the Three Schools of Art and has studied with Betsy Palmer Eldridge. His work is exhibited widely and is represented in public and private collections across Canada. He has taught for CBBAG since 1984.

Past events

27 Apr 2017 2017WKSP-20 Japanese Bindings, The Ignored
13 Apr 2017 2017WKSP-24 Books with Moving Parts
30 Mar 2017 2017WKSP-19 Single And Still Bound
25 Mar 2017 2017WKSP-10 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
09 Mar 2017 2017WKSP-22 Treasures from the Fisher Collection
25 Feb 2017 2017WKSP-07 Cartonnage: Photo Box
18 Feb 2017 Opening the Box: CBBAG's artists' book collections
16 Feb 2017 2017WKSP-18 Flexagons: Inside & Out
05 Feb 2017 2017WKSP-05 Bookbinding 2
29 Jan 2017 2017WKSP-03 Rough and Tough
21 Jan 2017 2017WKSP-01 Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discard to journal
19 Jan 2017 2017WKSP-17: Artist Books at the Fisher Library
26 Nov 2016 2016WKSP-29 Printmaking: Drypoint & Monoprint
12 Nov 2016 2016WKSP-28 Chinese Thread Book
22 Oct 2016 2016WKSP-26 Getting Wrapped Up In CSBs
26 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-22 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
25 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-21 Three Endband Variations
18 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-31 Deconstructed & Reclaimed: from discard to journal
10 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-18 The Artful Pop-Up: A 5-Page Accordion Book
27 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-17 Deconstructed & Reclaimed: from discard to journal
15 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-16 Bookbinding 3 Intensive
12 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-23 Leather Workshop
06 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-14 Boxed Set: Artists Books that tell Small Tall Tales
23 Jun 2016 2016WKSP-15 Crown Binding Book
06 Jun 2016 2016WKSP-12 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
28 May 2016 2016WKSP-11 "A Weekend in Japan"
09 May 2016 2016WKSP-10 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
15 Apr 2016 2016WKSP-13 Preservation Enclosures Part 2
03 Apr 2016 2016WKSP-09 Bookbinding 2
19 Mar 2016 2016WKSP-07 Spine and Cover Titling with the Kwikprint
05 Mar 2016 2016WKSP-05 Rhythm in the Visual Book: A Two-Day Workshop
21 Feb 2016 2016WKSP-03 Creative Coptic Bookbinding Workshop
19 Feb 2016 2016WKSP-04 Restoration & Repair: Cloth Case & Leather Bindings
30 Jan 2016 2016WKSP-02 Long & Link Stitch Books
15 Jan 2016 2016WKSP-01 Bookbinding 1
04 Dec 2015 2015WKSP-40 Preservation Enclosures
28 Nov 2015 2015WKSP-39 Deluxe “Moleskine” Style Journal for the Fountain Pen Set
21 Nov 2015 2015WKSP-38 Historical Bindings Don’t Die
26 Oct 2015 2015WKSP-34 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
24 Oct 2015 2015WKSP-33 Basic Popups: A Two-Day Workshop
27 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-27 Endband Variations
26 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-26 Relief Printmaking by Hand
26 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-25 Papermaking for Book Artists
20 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-24 Edge Treatments
13 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-31 Introduction to Woodblock Printing
10 Aug 2015 2015WKSP-23 Bookbinding 1
27 Jun 2015 2015WKSP-22 Printmaking: Drypoint & Monoprint
20 Jun 2015 GTA Open Bindery Day for UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
13 Jun 2015 2014WKSP-19 - Painted Hand Bound Journal
12 Jun 2015 2015WKSP-20 Paper Treatments for Binders
01 Jun 2015 2015WKSP-18 - Bookbinding 1 Intensive
31 May 2015 2015WKSP-17 - File Organizer: Cartonnage Techniques
23 May 2015 2015WKSP-16 - Chinese Thread Book
09 May 2015 2015WKSP-15 - Altered Books
02 May 2015 2015WKSP-14 - Heavyweight Boxing
02 May 2015 2015WKSP-21 Limp Leather Journal
01 May 2015 2015WKSP-13 - Lightweight Boxing
26 Apr 2015 2015WKSP-12 - Title: In the Beginning – Coptic Bookbinding from the 4th - 7th Century
20 Apr 2015 2015WKSP-11 - Bookbinding II Intensive
11 Apr 2015 2015WKSP-10 - Japanese Stab Binding
28 Mar 2015 2015WKSP-9 - Etching Basics
21 Mar 2015 2015WKSP-8 - Secret Belgian Binding
14 Mar 2015 GTA Open Bindery Day for UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
08 Mar 2015 2015WKSP-7 - Desk Organizer - Cartonnage Techniques
28 Feb 2015 2015WKSP-6 - French Endbands
21 Feb 2015 2015WKSP-5 - Long & Link Stitch Binding
03 Feb 2015 2015WKSP-4 - Paper Case Bindings
11 Jan 2015 2015WKSP-3 - Bookbinding III
10 Jan 2015 2015WKSP-2 - Bookbinding 1
09 Jan 2015 2015WKSP-1 Leather Workshop
07 Dec 2014 2014WKSP-34 Handmade Gifts
06 Dec 2014 2014WKSP-33 Introduction to Woodblock Printing
22 Nov 2014 2014WKSP-32 Coptic Bindings
15 Nov 2014 2014WKSP-31 Letterpress Printing at Massey
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