2019WKSP-37 Creating an Artist Book – Step-By-Step

  • 30 Nov 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 01 Dec 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • CBBAG Bindery Toronto
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2019WKSP-37

Creating an Artist Book – Step-By-Step

Instructor: Akiko Lamb

Location: CBBAG Bindery (180 Shaw St)

Duration: 2 days, Saturday-Sunday, Nov 30 & Dec 1

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, Nov 25 11:59 PM EST


Have you admired artists books and wanted to make one but that’s as far as you get? Join us for a 2-day workshop and begin that book!


Starting with 3 basic book structures: pamphlet stitch, accordion fold, and folded single sheet we will explore a variety of techniques to discover your visual vocabulary for creating a unique project.

Using maquettes and the elements & principles of art/design, let’s explore options for generating multiple solutions - lots of ideas - quickly. Experiment with different surface treatments: reverse applique, sewing, collage, cutting/piercing. We’ll make a non-adhesive box to store these quick studies, a reference guide for future projects.


Covers create the first impression. Experiment with a few soft cover structures that simply but effectively wrap your book in inviting fashion.


Sharing your questions, ideas, excitement is a valuable part of the process of learning and creating your own work. Day One ends with a discussion and development of your concept for your artist book and how to use the ideas from your quick studies. We put it all together on Day Two, making choices that will best communicate your concept.


Learn some techniques, some art/design principles and elements - add your unique vision - voila!


Akiko Lamb is an industrial designer who loves the structure, problem solving, and the aesthetics of book arts. Following graduation from Radio & Television Arts, Ryerson University, her work included educational development and program design for TVOntario. Later, as a graduate of Industrial Design, OCADU, she studied bookbinding with George Walker who introduced her to the world of book arts. Akiko has taught at OCADU, libraries, schools, and privately including portfolio preparation for entrance into art/design programs and book arts workshops. Her work also includes designing for interiors, retail, and costume for professional theatre. As a designer and teacher, Akiko continues to explore and share her love of the visual arts.


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