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    • 08 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
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    2020WKSP-02

    A Day in Japan: Maker’s Mess

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Saturday Feb 8

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: Courtesy of George Hill & Co.

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Wed Feb 5 11:59 PM EST


    Start the day by trying your hand at Suminagashi (ink marbling). Spend the remainder of the day making various Fukurotoji (stab) binding books, utilizing the various sewing patterns.


    There will be a wide selection of papers and threads available, so each book will be personal…maybe even incorporating some of the morning’s marbled papers.


    A great workshop for someone who has never tried bookbinding or just as a tune up on skills

    already learned.


    This course is part of the Maker’s Mess 2020 series which focuses on making materials and exploring techniques for customizing the look of your books.

    See all our other Maker’s Mess workshops:

    Edge Treatments with Don Taylor, March 15

    Surfaces: Painted Paper with Helen McCusker, March 28

    Indigo Open Studio with Joan Links, April 19

    Creating Bookcloth with Barbara Helander, May 23


    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding with CBBAG under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza, and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com


    • 09 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 1
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    2020WKSP-03

    Japanese Bindings, the Ignored

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Sunday Feb 9

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: Courtesy of George Hill & Co.

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, Feb 5 11:59 PM EST


    With the Fukurotoji (stab) binding getting so much attention, many other wonderful Japanese binding structures are often ignored.


    Spend the day being guided and experimenting with structures such as: Orihon (flutter), Yamato (ribbon tied), Detchoso (butterfly), Tetsuyoso (multi-section) or maybe one of the accounting structures.


    A wide selection of materials will be available to make each book special for the binder.

    Finish the day by making a Chitsu wrapper to hold your collection together.


    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding with CBBAG under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com


    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 7
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    2020WKSP-04

    Printmaking: Drypoints, Monoprints, and Beyond

    Instructor: Liz Menard

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 2 days, Friday-Saturday, Feb 28-29

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

    Course fee: $210 members/$270 non-members

    Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Tues, February 25 11:59 PM EST


    Come and create original prints using metal, mylar and carton plates. Experiment with printmaking inks, pastels and watercolours using CBBAG’s small etching press, which is fun and easy to use!


    Learn about pressure printing, pouchoir, water wash-up non-toxic inks, and konnyaku – techniques that will push your prints beyond the traditional. Print on Western and Japanese papers and see what works best for your practice!


    Create limited edition prints, Artist’s Books, or simply explore printmaking to expand your skills. The possibilities are endless! Bring drawings, photographs - anything that will inspire you!

    Beginners are welcome.


    Liz Menard is a Toronto-based printmaker, visual artist, and educator. Her practice includes drawing, painting, and printmaking. “My interest is in landscape and how our perception of the landscape helps us define who we think we are. I am particularly drawn to water – especially fens, bogs, streams, rivers and lakes as well as the life these systems support. However, I am increasingly concerned about not only our water, but the native plant species and wildlife which our water systems sustain. Like our environment, these things need to be cared for, protected, and nurtured." Please visit Liz’s website: www.lizmenard.ca


    • 01 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 4
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    2020WKSP-05

    Reconstructed: Making a Bespoke Coptic Journal

    Instructor: Carolyn Eady

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Sunday, March 1

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Tuesday, February 25 11:59 PM EST


    Learn how to craft your own hand-bound hardcover journal using discarded books. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to deconstruct an old novel and transform it into a new journal. You'll be using the Coptic stitch to bind your journal, and importance will be placed on incorporating parts the original book.


    Great for those with beginner bookbinding experience, or those looking to brush up on their Coptic binding skills.


    If you require glasses to see fine details, please remember to bring them to class.


    Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press is a bookbinder/book artist and printmaker, teaching bookbinding workshops throughout Ontario. She founded Sprouts Press in 2008 and sells her work online (Etsy), at various shows and select shops. Carolyn has a BFA from OCAD and has taught for CBBAG since 2015. To see Carolyn’s work, go to www.sproutspress.com or follow her on social media (@sproutspress).


    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
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    2020WKSP-06

    Design, Cut, & Print Monogram Ex Libris Bookplates

    Instructor: Carolyn Eady

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Saturday, March 14

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Tues, Mar 10 11:59 PM EST


    Learn how to design, create, and print your own monogram Ex Libris bookplate! In this workshop students will learn basic relief printing techniques, using 3" x 3" softoleum blocks and lino cutting tools. Minimal monogram designs will be encouraged for beginners' success. Then students will print their blocks in a small edition of at least 10 (or as many as time permits), in one colour, creating the perfect adornment for their book collection! Instructions will be given on how to print more bookplates at home, using everyday household tools.


    Note: Sharp tools are used in this class. And, if you wear glasses to see small details, make sure to bring them!


    Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press is a bookbinder/book artist and printmaker, teaching bookbinding workshops throughout Ontario. She founded Sprouts Press in 2008 and sells her work online (Etsy), at various shows and select shops. Carolyn has a BFA from OCAD and has taught for CBBAG since 2015. To see Carolyn’s work, go to www.sproutspress.com or follow her on social media (@sproutspress).


    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
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    2020WKSP-07

    Edge Treatments: Maker’s Mess

    Instructor: Don Taylor

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Sunday, March 15

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: Bookbinding 1 or permission of the instructor


    Registration closes Weds, Mar 11 11:59 PM EST


    In this one-day class, we will explore the techniques of paste wash, sprinkling, polished graphite powder, foil stamping and gauffering that can enhance the edges of your books.


    This course is part of the Maker’s Mess 2020 series which focuses on making materials and exploring techniques for customizing the look of your books.

    See all our other Maker’s Mess workshops

    A Day in Japan with Stuart Hill, February 8

    Surfaces: Painted Paper with Helen McCusker, March 28

    Indigo Open Studio with Joan Links, April 19

    Creating Bookcloth with Barbara Helander, May 23


    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 and he can be found at www.dontaylorbookbinder.com/ He has taught for CBBAG since 1984.


    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
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    2020WKSP-08

    Surfaces: Painted Paper: Maker’s Mess

    Instructor: Helen McCusker

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Saturday, March 28

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, Mar 25 11:59 PM EST


    Smoosh, scrape, smear, drip, splatter, gloop. Take paper from plain to amazing in this wonderful, anyone can do it, workshop. Learn a variety of techniques for applying acrylic paint and mediums to create wonderful decorative surfaces that you can use in many different ways – bookbinding, collage, paper engineering – whatever you can think of.


    We’ll use frottage, printing, stencils, wipe-away, inks, textures, transfers and more. You’ll learn how to use contrast, colour and texture to get the most out of your paints. At the end of the day you’ll have a stash of fabulous papers as well as suggestions on how to use it. Lots of samples and demonstrations to inspire you!


    Suitable for any level of experience.


    This course is part of the Maker’s Mess 2020 series which focuses on making materials and exploring techniques for customizing the look of your books.

    See all our other Maker’s Mess workshops

    A Day in Japan with Stuart Hill, February 8

    Edge Treatments with Don Taylor, March 15

    Indigo Open Studio with Joan Links, April 19

    Creating Bookcloth with Barbara Helander, May 23


    Helen McCusker is a practicing artist with over 35 years of experience. She is a member of the Etobicoke Art Group f and an Instructor for Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Arts Mississauga, and Haliburton School of Art & Design. Active in the local art scene, Helen shows her work regularly at Neilson Park Creative Center, Visual Arts Mississauga, and 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, CBBAG and private workshops. Painting papers is one of her favourite things to do and she has a very large, and growing stash. 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: theartfulpopup.blogspot.ca, Helen McCusker Artist on Facebook or Helen McCusker on Instagram.


    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
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    2020WKSP-09

    The Artful Pop-up: Painted Paper Pop-ups

    Instructor: Helen McCusker

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Sunday, March 29

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, Mar 25 11:59 PM EST


    The Artful Pop up is a different kind of Paper Engineering workshop where you find inspiration in unique, hand-painted papers and use them to create one-off kinetic artworks. Starting with a few simple Pop-Up structures, we will integrate elements in the papers, such as interesting shapes, negative space, patterns, etc. You can incorporate photos and make a very personalized pop up, or keep it loose and abstract, make simple architectural statements – whatever your vision, we can turn it into a beautiful, moving pop up piece.


    You will leave with at least one finished folio piece with board covers – possibly more if time allows. It could be an accordion book, or a card format or flat-laying paper sculpture, depending what you choose.


    Painted papers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, too!


    Helen McCusker is a practicing artist with over 35 years of experience. She has been a member of the Etobicoke Art Group for many years and is an Instructor for Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Arts Mississauga, and Haliburton School of Art & Design. Active in the local art scene, Helen shows her work regularly at Neilson Park Creative Center, Visual Arts Mississauga, and 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, CBBAG and private workshops. One of Helen's PopUp works is in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Collection. She recently displayed her largest pop up yet (66" High!) in the window at Gallery 1313. 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: theartfulpopup.blogspot.ca, Helen McCusker Artist on Facebook or Helen McCusker on Instagram.


    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
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    020WKSP-10

    Rough and Tough

    Instructor: Louise Granahan

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Saturday, April 18

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, April 15 11:59 PM EST


    This one-day course is great for beginners. Participants will make a tough, unembellished leather-bound book consisting of five individually sewn sections in a wrap-around leather cover with leather thongs or corded ties. This style of book can be made at home with minimal materials and makes a great diary for trips.


    Louise Margaret Granahan has been a CBBAG instructor for many years. She has a PhD. in multicultural children's literature from OISE/UT and has a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College, U of T. Louise has written 2 books as well as many poems and academic articles.


    • 19 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 2
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    2020WKSP-11

    Indigo Open Studio: Maker’s Mess

    Instructor: Joan Links

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 day, Sunday, April 19

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

    Course Fee: $10 members/ $70 non-members

    Materials Fee: $10 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Maximum enrollment: 6 Students


    Registration closes Weds, Apr 15 11:59 PM EST


    A whole day to explore the magic of indigo dyeing. Two indigo vats will be set up. A limited number of other dyes will also be available. Participants are free to just explore indigo’s potential or to use the vats to create work for other projects.


    Participants must bring their own materials to work with such as cloth, papers, thread, yarn or anything else that comes to mind. Cloth and yarn should be washed before coming to the workshop to facilitate the dyeing. Participants will have the greatest success with cotton, linen, ramie, wool and any papers that are made from plant materials.


    Previous experience in dyeing is not necessary.


    This course is part of the Maker’s Mess 2020 series which focuses on making materials and exploring techniques for customizing the look of your books.

    See all our other Maker’s Mess workshops

    A Day in Japan with Stuart Hill, February 8

    Edge Treatments with Don Taylor, March 15

    Surfaces: Painted Paper with Helen McCusker, March 28

    Creating Bookcloth with Barbara Helander, May 23


    Joan Links is a retired librarian who has worked with fibre and bookbinding for many years. She has done work with both natural and chemical dyes on cloth, paper, and yarn.


    • 23 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG BIndery, Toronto
    • 8
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    2020WKSP-12

    Creating Bookcloth: Maker’s Mess

    Instructor: Barb Helander

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 1 Day, Saturday, May 23rd

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

    Course fee: $95 members/non-members

    Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Tues, May 19 11:59 PM EST


    With a little patience and skill, almost any cloth can be turned to book cloth. In this workshop participants will make their own samples of book cloth, both lined and starch filled, using a vast array of fabrics, and experimenting with various ways of adding colour and texture.


    This course is part of the Maker’s Mess 2020 series which focuses on making materials and exploring techniques for customizing the look of your books.

    See all our other Maker’s Mess workshops

    A Day in Japan with Stuart Hill, February 8

    Edge Treatments with Don Taylor, March 15

    Surfaces: Painted Paper with Helen McCusker, March 28

    Indigo Open Studio with Joan Links, April 19


    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.


    • 24 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 6
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    2020WKSP-13

    Bookbinding 1 Intensive

    Instructor: Barb Helander

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw Street)

    Duration: 6 days, Sunday-Friday, May 24-29

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

    Course fee: $630 members/$690 non-members

    Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: None


    MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 6 students


    Registration closes Weds, May 13 11:59 PM EST


    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. This course is part of the core courses required for the certificate of completion and is a requirement for many other CBBAG workshops.


    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.


    • 25 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Newlove Bindery, Toronto
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    2020WKSP-14

    Repair & Restoration

    Instructor: Rose Newlove

    Location: Newlove Bindery (near the Runnymede Subway Station)

    Duration: 6 days, Monday-Saturday, May 25-30

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

    Course fee: $630 members/$690 non-members

    Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: BB3 or permission of the instructor


    Please join the wait list to indicate your interest in this course. If there is enough interest, we will try to offer this course again in 2020.


    NOTE: THIS COURSE NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE CBBAG BINDERY - ADDRESS WILL BE PROVIDED TO REGISTRANTS CLOSE TO THE WORKSHOP DATES


    MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 4 students


    The first half of the course will focus on 19th-century publishers cloth case bindings: how to identify them, what problems they develop, and how to repair and restore them. This second half of the restoration core course will focus on leather bindings of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, the deterioration problems they develop, and the various techniques currently used to repair them. Participants should bring a cloth-bound and leather-bound example to work on.


    This is one of the core courses required for the CBBAG Certificate.


    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.


    • 30 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
    Register

    2020WKSP-15

    Safeguarding Cross Structure Binding (CSB)

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: Saturday Morning, May 30

    Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Course fee: $50 members/non-members

    Materials fee: Courtesy of George Hill & Co.

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, May 27 11:59 PM EST


    The Cross Structure Binding (CSB) is a book structure in which the cover is attached to the text block as it is sewn.


    The Safeguarding CSB creates a complete protective wrap of the text block and sewing. The simple design also makes a very attractive cover.


    This CSB is an excellent starting point for anyone new to bookbinding.


    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding with CBBAG under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com


    • 30 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
    Register

    2020WKSP-16

    Leather Cross Structure Binding (CSB)

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: Saturday Afternoon, May 30

    Hours: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Course fee: $50 members/non-members

    Materials fee: Courtesy of George Hill & Co.

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, May 27 11:59 PM EST


    The Cross Structure Binding (CSB) is a book structure in which the cover is attached to the text block as it is sewn.


    The design of the Leather CSB is very suitable for stiffer materials such as leather.


    The sewing is exposed, so it’s a great opportunity to show off a little.


    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding with CBBAG under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza, and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com


    • 31 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
    Register

    2020WKSP-17

    Traveller Cross Structure Binding (CSB)

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: Sunday Morning, May 31

    Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Course fee: $50 members/non-members

    Materials fee: Courtesy of George Hill & Co.

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, May 27 11:59 PM EST


    The Cross Structure Binding (CSB) is a book structure in which the cover is attached to the text block as it is sewn.


    The unique feature of the Traveller CSB is that it can be adjusted when your collection of vacation paraphernalia grows beyond the capacity of the original book.


    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding with CBBAG under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com


    • 31 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
    Register

    2020WKSP-18

    Booklet Cross Structure Binding (CSB)

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: Sunday Afternoon, May 31

    Hours: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Course fee: $50 members/non-members

    Materials fee: Courtesy of George Hill & Co.

    Prerequisite: none


    Registration closes Weds, May 27 11:59 PM EST


    The Cross Structure Binding (CSB) is a book structure in which the cover is attached to the text block as it is sewn.


    The Booklet CSB creates stiff covers for times when the contents are minimal…very suitable for small collections of pages.


    The cover is a single piece of paper that is folded and cut as the book is assembled.


    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding with CBBAG under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com


    • 22 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 7
    Register

    2020WKSP-19

    Islamic Box Binding

    Instructor: Michael Burke

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

    Duration: 5 days, Monday-Friday, June 22-26

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

    Course fee: $975 members/$1,035 non-members

    Materials fee: $100 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: none


    PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Mon, MAY 4th 11:59 PM EST


    This workshop will introduce students to an intriguing historical structure referred to as the Box Binding. This early bookbinding structure flourished from the 8th-12th centuries throughout the Islamic world.


    The text block is sewn, unsupported, laced into wooden boards, and has woven endbands in the traditional Islamic style. The book is covered in North African goatskin, and, as its name suggests, will be built into the protective box that makes this binding one of the most unique and interesting of the historical bookbinding structures.


    Useful tools/materials for students to bring along: Japanese (or other small) hole punch, small, pliers, sandpaper, small hand drill with bits to make holes from 1mm to 3mm, small block plane for smoothing the board edge, small quick-release clamps, small woodcarving chisel for cutting 1 mm grooves (could use scalpel or utility knife instead). CBBAG Student tool kits will be available as usual, but students are welcome to bring their own tools instead.


    *Please note: We will be dyeing the leather and shaping/sanding wooden boards, please wear working clothes or bring an apron.


    Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives in the United Kingdom in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has taught and lectured at Society of Bookbinders conferences and seminars, and at Guild of Bookworkers meetings in the USA, as well as teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book and across the USA. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings and has a master’s degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.


    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 8
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    2020WKSP-20

    Star Book Variations

    Instructor: Barb Helander

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw Street, Toronto)

    Duration: 2 days, Saturday-Sunday, July 11-12

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

    Course fee: $210 members/ $270 non-members

    Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: None


    Registration closes Mon, July 6 11:59 PM EDT


    This two-day workshop will introduce participants to the delightful Star Book - a construction with a tie at the fore-edge which allows the book to be dramatically displayed in an opened state. This structure has a definite "wow" factor!


    During this workshop, a number of scale models will be prepared in order for participants to explore variants frequently associated with the Star such as the Carousel and the Stick Book. In addition to the models, participants will complete a Star Book - personalized and/or embellished to their taste.


    All the basic materials for making these structures will be supplied; however, for those who wish to create a highly personalized Star Book, then any of the following are recommended or suggested: 12-month wall calendar of your favourite theme, a dozen of your favourite 4x6 photos. (Any printed subject matter will work well as long as it is printed onto heavier paper such as card stock.)


    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.


    • 08 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 23 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    • 6
    Register

    2020WKSP-21

    Bookbinding 1

    Instructor: Barb Helander

    Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw Street)

    Duration: 6 days, 3 Weekends, Sat-Sun, August 8-9, 15-16, 22-23

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

    Course fee: $630 members/$690 non-members

    Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor

    Prerequisite: None


    MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 6 students


    Registration closes Weds, July 29 11:59 PM EST


    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. This course is part of the core courses required for the certificate of completion and is a requirement for many other CBBAG workshops.


    Don’t miss out on this rare chance to take BB1 entirely on weekend days!


    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.


Past events

11 Jan 2020 2020WKSP-01 Crucial Boxes
30 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-37 Creating an Artist Book – Step-By-Step
17 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-32 & 33 The Elbum
16 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-36 The Big Pamphlet
03 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-35 Exploring Art of the Fold: Open Studio
02 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-34 Art & Craft of Tiny Books
14 Sep 2019 2019WKSP-29 Alternative Finishing Techniques
11 Sep 2019 2019WKSP-28 Varied Long & Link Sewings
16 Aug 2019 2019WKSP-22 Bookbinding 2
10 Aug 2019 2019WKSP-21 Star Book Variations
23 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-23 Paper Treatments for Binders
17 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-19 Bookbinding 3
16 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-18 Leather Workshop
15 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-17 Bracio: Limp Binding
15 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-16 Nemoralis: Limp binding
26 May 2019 2019WKSP-15 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
25 May 2019 2019WKSP-14 Hard Cover Arrow Stitch Book
12 May 2019 2019WKSP-26 Japanese Bindings: The Tetsuyoso & Senpuyo
11 May 2019 2019WKSP-25 Japanese Bindings: The Orihon & Yamato
11 May 2019 2019WKSP-24 Japanese Binding: The Fukurotoji
04 Apr 2019 2019WKSP-12 Binding Single Sheets
24 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-10 Cerealis: Limp binding
24 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-09 Theologica: Limp Binding
23 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-08 Kansusō : Japanese Scroll
09 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-05 Printmaking + Bookbinding: Introduction to Edition Book Making
24 Feb 2019 2019WKSP-07 Long Stitch Variation and 4-Needle Sewing
23 Feb 2019 2019WKSP-03 Inspired Flutter Book - Step by Step
03 Feb 2019 2019WKSP-02 Gothic Book Hardware
12 Jan 2019 2019WKSP-01 Introduction to Gothic Binding
01 Dec 2018 2018WKSP-28 The Art & Craft of Tiny Books
10 Nov 2018 2018WKSP-21 Paste Papers
16 Oct 2018 2018WKSP-27 Paper, Thread, Skin – Exposed Sewing
14 Oct 2018 2018WKSP-26 Bookbinding 2
15 Sep 2018 2018WKSP-24 Coptic & Stab Bindings: Exposing the Possibilities
08 Sep 2018 2018WKSP-23 Maker’s Mess: Bookcloth, Boards, Thread, & Paper
17 Aug 2018 2018WKSP-22 Bookbinding 1
08 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-20 Theologica: Limp Binding
08 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-19 Cerealis: Limp binding
07 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-18 Bracio: Limp Binding
07 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-17 Nemoralis: Limp binding
11 Jun 2018 2018WKSP-15 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
28 May 2018 2018WKSP-14 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
10 May 2018 2018WKSP-16 Printmaking: Drypoint & Monoprint
16 Apr 2018 2018WKSP-12 Finishing
10 Apr 2018 Marbling Seminar: Session 2: Watercolour Paper Marbling
07 Apr 2018 Marbling Seminar: Session 1: Marbling with Acrylics
25 Mar 2018 2018WKSP-09 Design, Cut, & Print Ex Libris Bookplates
17 Mar 2018 2018WKSP-08 More Fun with Madame Pop-up!
16 Mar 2018 2018WKSP-07 Sixty Sewing Structures
17 Feb 2018 2018WKSP-06 Limp Vellum Bindings
03 Feb 2018 2018WKSP-05 Painted Cover Long/Linkstitch Books
27 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-04 German Bookbinding Techniques
23 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-03 Bound to be Flat
14 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-02 Bookbinding 3
12 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-01 Leather Workshop
09 Dec 2017 2017WKSP-35 Celebrate the Season: Creating Festive Sculptural Objects
02 Nov 2017 2017WKSP-32 Portfolios
28 Oct 2017 2017WKSP-31 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
15 Oct 2017 2017WKSP-30 Tunnel Book: Play with Geometry or go Freehand
21 Aug 2017 2017WKSP-25 - Bookbinding I Intensive
05 Jun 2017 2017WKSP-14 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
03 Jun 2017 2017WKSP-13 The Artful PopUp: Platforms and Sculptures
03 May 2017 2017WKSP-12 Bound to be Flat
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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