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.

BIENVENUE AUX RELIEURS ET ARTISTES DU LIVRE

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 



CBBAG on the move


At the end of July 2017 CBBAG is moving to a new studio in Artscape Youngplace building at 180 Shaw Street, in Toronto's West Queen West district. CBBAG will be sharing space with Paperhouse Studio.


The impending move is very exciting, offering new opportunities for CBBAG! More details will follow.



Canada loses celebrated Quebec binder Simone Benoit-Roy, 1929 - 2017


Le Québec perd une grande artiste! C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous vous annonçons le décès de Simone Benoit-Roy à l’hôpital de Verdun des suites d’une longue maladie. Elle laisse dans le deuil sa sœur Francine et son frère Raymond, ses deux fils Michel et Serge, ses deux belle-filles Huguette et Florence, quatre petits enfants Mireille, Yannick, Lauréline, Solène et sept arrière-petits-enfants. Elle laisse aussi dans le deuil de nombreux amis et amies. Simone a consacré sa vie à la reliure d’art. Originaire de Québec (1929), après des études de sept ans en France, elle fonde en 1970 l’école l’Art de la Reliure dans le Vieux-Montréal, ce qui permit une renaissance de cet art au Québec. 

Elle forma la première génération de relieurs pédagogues, qui à son exemple poursuivirent son enseignement auprès des jeunes générations. Parallèlement à ses activités pédagogiques, elle a travaillé pour plusieurs musées et institutions dans le domaine de la restauration de livres et de papiers anciens. À cela s’ajoutent ses propres créations qu’elle a présentées dans de nombreuses expositions au Canada et à l’étranger. Tout au long de ses cinquante ans de carrière, en plus de la reliure d’art, Simone a exercé avec talent tous les aspects de ce métier du livre.  

En avril dernier, elle participait à sa dernière exposition à l’occasion du 375e anniversaire de la Ville de Montréal. Simone Benoit-Roy a été décorée de l’Ordre du Canada en 1989, en reconnaissance de son apport à la sauvegarde du patrimoine écrit et a reçu en 1992 la médaille commémorative du 125e anniversaire de la Confédération pour services rendus dans son domaine artistique. 

Elle a également été présidente de l’Association des relieurs du Québec de 1987 à 1988, et membre de l’actuelle Association québécoise des relieurs et artistes du livre (AQRAL). Simone a toujours eu à cœur l’avancement de la reliure d’art au Québec. C’est dans cette perspective que son dernier vœu consiste en un don à l’AQRAL (fonds Simone Benoit Roy) afin d’offrir une bourse à des relieurs prometteurs. Pour ceux et celles qui voudraient faire une contribution en sa mémoire pour ce projet, il vous est possible de le faire sur place lors de la cérémonie ou de contacter la présidente de l’association, Madame Josée Roberge par courriel à l’adresse suivante majroberge@hotmail.com. La cérémonie hommage aura lieu à l’Espace Lafontaine à Montréal, Loggia Sud et Terrasse Sud (couverte) le mercredi 28 juin de 16 heures à 21h 30. La famille recevra les condoléances à partir de 16 heures. Ceux qui le désirent pourront témoigner de leurs liens avec Simone vers 19 heures. Pour plus de détails sur comment s’y rendre, voir le site web de l’Espace  : espacelafontaine.com           


Quebec loses a great artist! It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Simone Benoit-Roy to the hospital of Verdun after a long illness. She is survived by her sister Francine and her brother Raymond, two sons Michel and Serge, two step-daughters Huguette and Florence, four grandchildren Mireille, Yannick, Lauréline, Solène and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many friends. Simone has devoted her life to the binding of art. Originally from Quebec City (1929), after studying for seven years in France, she founded the Art School of Binding in Old Montreal in 1970, which allowed a renaissance of this art in Quebec. 

She formed the first generation of bookbinders, who, following her example, continued her teaching with the younger generations. Alongside her educational activities, she has worked for several museums and institutions in the field of restoration of ancient books and papers. In addition to her own creations she has presented in numerous exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Throughout her fifty-year career, in addition to bookbinding, Simone has skilfully practiced all aspects of this book trade. 

Last April,  she participated in her last exhibition on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of the City of Montreal. Simone Benoit-Roy was awarded the Order of Canada in 1989 in recognition of her contribution to the preservation of the written heritage and received in 1992 the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation for services rendered in her artistic field.

She was also President of the Quebec Association of Bookbinders from 1987 to 1988, and a member of the current Quebec Association of Bookbinders and Book Artists (AQRAL). Simone has always been keen on the advancement of bookbinding in Quebec. It is in this perspective that her last wish consists in a gift to the AQRAL (Simone Benoit Roy fonds) in order to offer a scholarship to promising binders. For those who would like to make a contribution in her memory for this project, you can do it on site at the ceremony or contact the president of the association, Mrs. Josée Roberge by e-mail at majroberge@hotmail.com. The tribute ceremony will take place at Espace Lafontaine in Montreal, Loggia Sud and Terrasse Sud (covered) on Wednesday, June 28 from 4 pm to 9:30 pm. The family will receive condolences from 4 pm. Those who wish will be able to testify of their links with Simone around 7 pm. For more details on how to get there, see the Space website: espacelafontaine.com




CALL FOR ENTRY

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 Call for Entry is now available in PDF in both English and French.  


We hope you will consider entering your work in this exhibition. Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in October 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at aob2018@cbbag.ca looks forward to your questions or comments,

Jose Villa-Arce,

Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee Chair






GTA In-Studio Workshops

Summer + Fall 2017 GTA In-Studio Workshops are in the process of being planned; however the move to CBBAG's new home has delayed the finalization of the schedule.


Once the schedule is posted, on offer will be one-day, weekend, and week-long courses are on offer, ranging from crafting your own hand-bound books from discarded journals to core curriculum Bookbinding 1 Intensive, caterpillar stitch bindings to pop-up accordion books, and books designed to lie flat to Gothic books and hardware.


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


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.


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.


CBBAG 2017 AGM: 

Volunteer Recognition & Certificate of Completion


At CBBAG’s Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2017, CBBAG vice-president Jose Villa-Arce reported that Joan Byers of the BCIslands Chapter, was presented a Member of the Year award in Victoria this spring.  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 administrative director 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 80 Ward Street, Suite 207 Toronto, near Dupont St and Lansdowne Ave. Other course locations' addresses can be found along with the course descriptions.

Upcoming Events





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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