Art of the Book 2018

This seventh juried travelling exhibition of members' work marks CBBAG's 35th Anniversary.

The exhibition opened on 10 August 2018 in Victoria and traveled across Canada until February 2020.

Exhibition Schedule

  • Victoria, British Columbia: Aug 11–26, 2018, Audain Gallery, Visual Arts building, University of Victoria
  • Abbotsford, British Columbia: Sep 10–Dec 7, 2018, University of the Fraser Valley Library
  • Edmonton, Alberta: Jan 22–Feb 16, 2019, Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta
  • Regina, Saskatchewan: May 18–Jul 21, 2019, Creation Cube, George Bothwell Branch, Regina Public Library
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba: Aug 22–Oct 3, 2019, Centre culturel franco-manitobain
  • Montréal, Quebec: Nov 13, 2019–Feb 14, 2020, McGill University Library
  • Toronto, Ontario: Mar 5–15 and Jun 1–Jul 15, 2020, Craft Ontario Gallery (closed Mar 16–May 31, 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown)
  • Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick: Oct 17 –Nov 14 , 2020, Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia, St. John’s, Newfoundland:
  • All three scheduled venues cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.



Betsy Palmer Eldridge received her training in bookbinding in Hamburg and Paris in the 1960s and subsequently, in conservation, in New York. After moving to Canada in 1973, she established her own bindery in Toronto, focusing on the restoration and repair of both books and paper, and teaching for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG). She is a long time member of both the Guild of Book Workers (GBW), and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Both CBBAG and GBW have given her Lifetime Achievement Awards and AIC has awarded her the Keck Award for sustained excellence in education. BookArts Canada Profile PDF

Jan Elsted was born in Vancouver, and earned a BA and MA in English from UBC. While studying for PhDs at King’s College, London, she and her husband, Crispin, discovered letterpress printing, apprenticing with Graham Williams at the Florin Press. Returning to Canada in 1978, they established Barbarian Press in Mission, B.C. Jan’s presswork, particularly of wood engravings, is internationally recognized. Jan and Crispin were given the Robert Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Book Arts in 2015. Jan also writes articles, reviews, and essays. She taught Literature and Theatre for ten years, and still offers occasional printing workshops. BookArts Canada Profile PDF

Lang Ingalls began studying fine binding with Eleanore Ramsey in San Francisco, and continued with Edwin Heim at the Centro del bel Libro, Ascona. Then she earned a degree in Fine Binding from the American Academy of Bookbinding, studying under both Tini Miura and Monique Lallier. Lang has enjoyed the tutelage of many other instructors, notably Betsy Palmer Eldridge and Hélène Jolis. She exhibits regularly with many international bookbinding groups, and is the Exhibition Coordinator for the triennial OPEN SET Competition & Exhibition (US). Lang works year-round in her Crested Butte, Colorado atelier. Her bindings have won awards and are found in public and private collections.

Susan Warner Keene, RCA, has been exhibiting her work in fibre and in handmade paper in Canada and internationally since 1980, in addition to working as an educator, writer, and editor. Her work is held in public collections, such as the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, as well as in many corporate and private collections and has been recognized with grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. In 1992, she was the recipient of the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine crafts—a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She lives on Toronto Island. BookArts Canada Profile PDF

Award Winners and Sponsors

The Art of the Book jury selected the following award winners from the works chosen for the travelling exhibition.

Best Overall Entry Award

Dawn Skinner, Victoria BC

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Fine Binding

Harmatan and Oakridge Leathers Fine Binding Award

Cécile Côté, Montreal QC

T for Trouchie

Harmatan Leathers is a family owned and opened company with a dedicated and skilled tannery staff who place a firm emphasis on quality and traditional craft skills. All their leathers are vegetable tanned, fully organic, and are finished to the high standards demanded both by bookbinders world wide and Harmatan Leathers itself. Artists’ Book Award

Marlene MacCallum, Ameliasburg ON

Shadow—Canto One: Still Life is an online marketplace for books, fine art and collectibles. Launched in 1996 in Victoria, BC, millions of new, used and rare books, as well as prints, posters, comics, photographs and many other collectibles are listed for sale by thousands of sellers from around the world.

Washi Arts Artists’ Book Award

Odette Drapeau, Montreal QC

La Parole des Pierres

Washi Arts is based in Washington State and is a retail partner of the Japanese Paper Place stocking tools and supplies for bookbinders and book artists, an exceptional range of decorative and dyed papers for book covers, marbled and paste papers for fly leaves and endpapers, and handmade natural papers with striking receptivity for letterpress printing of book pages. Personal service and recommendations.

Papeterie Saint-Armand Calligraphy Award

Jerene Lane, Victoria BC

The Fisher’s Boy

The Saint-Armand paper mill was established by David Carruthers in 1979. Using linen and cotton rag, we make handmade papers for artists.

The Paperwright Papermaking Award

Frances Hunter, Victoria BC

VIA, Eastbound

The Paperwright is a Canadian papermaking supply business providing clients worldwide with moulds and deckles and supplies offering personalized service for papermakers, artists, schools, and universities. 

Talas Box Making Award

Margo Klass, Fairbanks AK

Harmony of the Spheres: Homage to Pathagoras

Established in 1962 by Elaine and Herbert Haas, Talas became the first company in the US to serve the museum and library community with hand bookbinding and conservation supplies. Today the Salik family continues to operate Talas as a family run business, serving institutions, companies, and individuals around the world with the highest quality supplies and materials available. Centered on customer service and a small business approach, we are continually expanding our product line to meet market trends and our customers’ demands.

Colophon Book Arts Paper Decoration Award

Martina Edmondson, Victoria BC

Tree Poems

Colophon Book Arts Supply is owned and operated by Mary Uthuppuru in Bloomington, Indiana. It is primarily an online retail store serving the unique and widespread book arts community composed of beginning students to advanced professionals that practice, teach, and study making books by hand. Colophon serves the needs of this diverse group with an extensive stock of tools and materials for bookbinding, marbling and their related disciplines.

The Japanese Paper Place Heritage Washi Award 

Rhonda Miller, Halifax NS

A Brief History of the Book in China

In 1982, owner Nancy Jacobi opened The Japanese Paper Place retail store in Toronto to encourage artists and creative people everywhere to learn about the unique qualities of traditional Japanese papers. Now, over thirty years later, The JPP warehouse supplies several thousand different kinds of Japanese paper to retailers, manufacturers and artists around the world.

J Hewit & Sons Ltd Award

Leslie Walter, USA

Animals at Full Moon authored by Eric Reese

Larkspur Press, 2016. 22.7 x 16.4 x 2.2 cm

Full leather binding with laced-in boards; inlays and onlays in leather, alum tawed goatskin. Cotton thread. Endpapers of hand-cut laminated Moriki and Thai kozo papers. Hand-sewn silk endbands.

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