Become a CBBAG Member
If you plan to sign up for a GTA workshop which has a non-member price and you are
not yet a CBBAG member, please sign up for the course without joining CBBAG (as you membership will
not yet be "approved" by CBBAG and you will not be able to register at the members price).
about a week or so (as the membership registrar is generally only in the office once a week).
To RENEW your CBBAG membership, log in to the CBBAG web site (upper right corner)
and once logged in click on "View Profile" to find your membership renewal button.
Don't have a password? Click on the "Forgot Password" link to set one up.
For payment by cheque/money order (or credit card by mail) for both new memberships and renewals,
click here for a PDF application form which you can print out and mail to the CBBAG office.
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild was established in 1983
to provide contact and support for those interested in the book arts.
Become a Member
Membership in CBBAG (pronounced "cabbage") is open to all those who share book-related interests and support these goals:
- To create a spirit of community among hand book workers and with the book community;
- To promote greater public awareness of the book arts; and
- To increase educational opportunities and foster excellence through exhibitions, workshops, and publications.
Membership is drawn from all branches of the book arts: bookbinders, fine printers, papermakers, paper decorators, calligraphers, and book artists, as well as collectors, book dealers, librarians, and those who love books.
CBBAG is a volunteer-run organization. If you are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer to assist with any of the CBBAG programmes or services, please contact CBBAG by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also visit the Volunteering page
to see specific volunteering opportunities.
All CBBAG members:
- Receive the CBBAG magazine published two times a year (replacing the Newsletter and Journal, commencing May 1 2010), the annual Membership List, and occasional publications
- Receive preferred rates on in-studio workshops and Home Study courses
- May participate in CBBAG book arts fairs
- May list themselves in CBBAG book arts directories
- May enter the Art of the Book juried exhibitions
- May borrow (by mail) from the extensive DVD loan collection
- May use the specialized library (by appointment)
- May rent the bindery space for occasional use
- Receive a reduced rate on membership with Craft Ontario
Canadian Addresses: $60 for individuals, $70 for families (one newsletter), $70 for institutions, and $25 for full-time students (with proof). U.S. and Overseas Addresses: $70 for individuals, $80 for families (one newsletter), $80 for institutions, and $35 for full-time students (with proof).
CBBAG is a registered charitable organization (Charitable Business Number 89179 5445 RR0001). Donations are greatly appreciated and official donations receipts for income tax purposes are issued for all donations over $10.
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is lead by a fifteen-person board of directors. Click here for a copy of CBBAG's by-law
- CBBAG magazine Book Arts (replacing the Newsletter and Journal, commencing May 1 2010): published twice a year, features information on book-arts related events, book artist profiles, book and exhibition reviews, technical articles, and historical essays
- Book arts directories, many published on the CBBAG web site: Suppliers’ List, Video Catalogue, A Directory of Book Artists, A Directory of Book Arts Educational Opportunities
- Exhibition catalogues: available for sale and many online on the CBBAG website
- The E-Network informs members by e-mail of book-related events, exhibitions, workshops, etc.
- Members can submit information for posting on the the e-network.
(Please note that to access this page you will need to be a Facebook user.)
- CBBAG runs workshops and courses on a wide variety of topics. Courses are announced twice annually (May and November) and are posted on the website. Course are held for all levels of ability, interest, and experience, and provide hands-on training in techniques essential in the book arts;
- Core curriculum consists of Bookbinding I, II, and III, Finishing, Restoration and Repair, and Paper Treatment for Binders, and introduces the basics of hand bookbinding and the fundamentals of book repair. All are available in-studio and all but Paper Treatments for Binders are available through Home Study.
- Core courses are available as week-long intensives or on consecutive weekends;
- Shorter workshops are generally on one or two days but may be longer and explore various aspects of the book arts;
- Small class size allows for individual attention from the instructor;
- Hand tools are generally provided.
Home Study Programme
- Videotaped instruction (provided on DVDs) supported by detailed manuals is used to teach bookbinding techniques;
- Two streams are available: Resource and Reference for independent study and Monitoring, in which specialized projects are submitted for critique.
- Art of the Book: juried exhibitions of members’ work, organized at five-year intervals, tour across Canada for a minimum of two years, and are accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue;
- Community Exhibitions: ongoing touring programme for smaller locations including libraries, small galleries and museums, and schools with few exhibition resources; current exhibitions include Millennium in a Box and A Book Arts Mosaic;
- Many catalogues and other related publications available for sale.
- CBBAG Book Arts Fair: held biennially in Ottawa; members may participate in this opportunity to meet the public
- External Events: CBBAG participates in other book fairs including Wayzgoose (Grimsby, Ontario), TheWord on the Street, and the OCAD University Book Arts Fair;
- Programme meetings: mini-workshops, tours, illustrated lectures, and other events organized by the CBBAG chapters across Canada;
- DVD Loan programme: provides a loan service of educational DVDs, by mail, to members;
- Reference library: available to members by appointment at the CBBAG bindery in Toronto.