Welcome Fellow Bookbinders and Book Artists

Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts in Canada. This web site is dedicated to that effort. The book arts include bookbinding, artists' books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing and typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation.


Le Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (la Guilde canadienne des relieurs et des artistes du livre) soutient le développement des arts du livre au Canada depuis 1983.  Notre site web est un élément important de cette démarche. Les arts du livre comprennent la reliure d’art, les livres d’artistes, la fabrication de papier, la calligraphie, l’impression typographique, la gravure sur bois, la décoration du papier, la restauration et la conservation.

What's Happening Now 

    Art of the Book 2018

    Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of members’ work, opening in British Columbia in fall 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

    The Art of the Book 2018 website is now online.

    See full website at artofthebook18.ca for more information including awards and sponsors. 

    December 17, 2017:

    Important updates regarding Art of the Book 2018               

    In response to feedback from members, the Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee has made the following changes to the entry conditions:

    The registration deadline has been moved to February 12, 2018.

    Entries will be eligible if completed after January 1 2015 (changed from January 1 2017).

    Up to 2 entries per category will be allowed, while maintaining a total of 3 entries per person (e.g. you can enter two works in Fine Binding and a third work in Fine Printing, for a total of three entries).

    The fee for one entry remains at $75. The fee for second and third entries is now $50.

    Please note: The date for entries to arrive in Victoria BC remains at April 15, 2018.

    If you have already entered, and now wish to submit additional entries, please complete and submit an additional registration form. If you already entered two or three works, then you will receive a refund for the difference in cost.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email the organizing committee at aob2018@cbbag.ca.


    Mises à jour importantes au sujet de ART DU LIVRE 2018     

    En réponse aux nombreuses interventions de nos membres au sujet des inscriptions à

    ART DU LIVRE 2018, nous avons procédé aux changements suivants :

    -La date d’inscription a été repoussée au 12 février 2018

    - Seront acceptées les oeuvres créées après le 1er janvier 2015 (au lieu du 1er janvier 2017)

    -2 œuvres par catégorie par personne seront acceptées / un maximum de 3 œuvres en tout (e.g. vous pouvez soumettre deux créations en Reliure d’art et une troisième en Impression de luxe, pour trois soumissions au total)

    -Les frais d’inscription sont de 75$ pour la première œuvre et de 50$ pour chaque œuvre additionnelle

    A NOTER : Date limite de réception des oeuvres à Victoria, Colombie britannique, le 15 avril 2018

    Si vous avez déjà soumis des oeuvres et désirez en présenter d’autres, SVP remplir et soumettre une nouvelle formule d’inscription.

    Si vous avez déjà inscrit 2 ou 3 œuvres, nous vous ferons parvenir un remboursement pour le montant payé en trop.

    Pour toute question ou information, veuillez vous adresser par courriel au comité organisateur au aob2018@cbbag.ca


    Connie Jefferess 1929-2018

    The members of CBBAG Southwestern Ontario Chapter are saddened by the loss of a longstanding member – teacher, mentor, and good friend.

    Connie enjoyed a long career in the field of the creative arts, first as a commercial artist and later as a teacher in the Art Department at H. B. Beal Secondary School in London where she taught for 24 years. Upon her retirement she joined the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, where she was an active member for many years. During this time she designed and produced liturgical embroideries for churches throughout Southwestern Ontario. 

    When a bookbinding group was initiated in London, Connie was keen to learn this skill as well, and was among the Southwester Ontario Chapter's founding members. She later took on the role of president of the SWO Chapter from its formation in 2007 to 2014.  

    Connie’s legacy lives on in the work that she left behind and the people she inspired.  She will be missed.

    GTA In-Studio Workshops

    Winter + Spring 2018 GTA In-Studio Workshops are now online.

    On offer are one-day, weekend, and weekly courses, ranging from core curriculum  Bookbinding 1, Bookbinding 2, Bookbinding 3 and Leather, and Finishing, plus 60 sewing structures, limp vellum bindings, and German bookbinding techniques, to pop-up books, long- and link-stitch painted books, sewing structures which lie flat, and a new course on designing and making your own Ex Libris book plate.

    The GTA Chapter will be hosting two seminars in April: Marbling with Acrylics and Watercolour Marbling, both led by Regina & Daniel St. John of Chena River Marblers. Details can be found on the In-Studio Workshops page.

    For other chapter workshops and courses across Canada, visit the individual regional chapter pages.

    BC Lower Mainland In-Studio Workshops

    BC Lower Mainland Chapter will be offering an Altered Book workshop, probably in March, at Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver, details to follow

    Ottawa Valley In-Studio Workshops

    January: mini leather bindings - visiting instructor James Spyker

    February: different sewing structures- Spike Minogue

    March: marbling- Nancy French

    April: alum tawd binding - Paul Champion-Demers

    May: endbands - Geneviève Samson


    The CBBAG GTA chapter is now on Instagram!  Follow along and learn about upcoming events, workshops, and other chapter news all relating to Book Arts and Bookbinding!  GTA Chapter Instagram handle: @cbbag_gta

    (Login to instagram.com, search CBBAG's handle  @cbbag_gta  and then click 'Follow').

    Facebook Pages

    CBBAG has a Facebook group page, which is private to Facebook users only. This group allows for community interaction and discussion and is a great way to network and see what other bookbinders are up to!

    CBBAG also has a public Facebook page. This will be a source of news and information related to CBBAG and to the bookbinding world.

    In addition, several CBBAG regional chapters have Facebook pages with information on those chapter activities. Please visit the Regional Chapters page and click on the link for the chapter you are interested learning more about.

    CBBAG Annual Report

    The CBBAG 2016 Annual Report is now available online - click here for a PDF version of the report

    CBBAG DVD Loan Programme

     The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has a lending library of DVDs available to CBBAG members for the cost of postage (outgoing and return) only. For information on how to borrow DVDs and the catalougue of DVDs available to borrow, visit the Book Arts DVD Loan Programme page under Resources.

    Art of the Book 2013

    This sixth juried traveling exhibition of members' work marks CBBAG's 30th Anniversary has recently finished its cross-country tour of Canada.  Click here to view the online version of the exhibition.

    Catalogues for this and several other CBBAG exhibitions (Bookbinding Materials and Techniques 1700-1920; A Book Arts Mosaic; and The Art of the Book '08) are available for sale.

    2017 Extraordinary Volunteers

    Each fall CBBAG chapters are invited to nominate volunteers for recognition from their chapters. This year's recipients are:

    Alberta North - Dawn Woolsey and Barbara Johnston

    Greater Toronto Area - Edna Hajnal and Betty Elliott

    Ottawa Valley - Geneviève Samson and Roxanne Lafleur

    Saskatchewan - Kate Hodgson and Kristina Komendant

    CBBAG 2017 AGM: 

    Volunteer Recognition & Certificate of Completion

    At CBBAG’s Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017, CBBAG then vice-president Jose Villa-Arce reported that Joan Byers of the BCIslands Chapter, was presented a Member of the Year award in Victoria in spring 2017.  

    Jose then presented  Susan Corrigan  with a CBBAG Lifetime Achievement Award (right) in recognition of her volunteer service to CBBAG. Susan has been involved with CBBAG since it was founded in May 1983 and was in attendance at the founding meeting. She served on the board of directors from 1985 to 1991, serving briefly as president in 1988. In addition to serving on the publicity, membership, and nominating committees, Susan served as Exhibitions Committee chair from 1984-1988 and co-chair with Shelagh Smith from 1988-2008. She co-curated seven exhibitions, including the first five Art of the Book exhibitions, and curated nine additional exhibitions. Susan has served as CBBAG's arts administrator since 1988.

    At the AGM Rose Newlove (left) and Betsy Palmer Eldridge (right) presented Stephanie Kean with a Certificate of Completion. CBBAG congratulates Stephanie for her hard work and accomplishment in completing the six core curriculum courses.

    Five CBBAG board members were able to come to Toronto to attend this year's AGM: Kelly Moore (Ottawa ON), Arielle Vanderschans (London ON), Barbara Trott (Toronto ON), Jose Villa-Arce (Victoria BC), and Iona Reid (Victoria BC).

    Join a GTA Workshop

    The In-Studio courses in the GTA are held at the CBBAG bindery, as well as other locations in Toronto. The CBBAG bindery is located at 180 Shaw Street, Unit 102, Toronto, in the West Queen West area of Toronto. Other course locations' addresses can be found along with the course descriptions.

    Upcoming Events

    14 Jan 2018 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto
    16 Mar 2018 • Eldridge Bindery, Toronto
    17 Mar 2018 10:00 AM • CBBAG Bindery, Toronto

    CBBAG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for CBBAG's programmes.  The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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