Wednesday, 10 April 2013



I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine.  It appears as though Old Man Winter is having a difficult time letting go of us and letting Lady Spring enter our lives.  I found it amazing how quickly the snow left after a few evenings of rain.  Soon we’ll see the spring flowers popping up. 


The Spirit House exhibit was installed the first week of March at the Minto Suite Hotel on Lyon Street.  It will come down at the end of April.  If you haven’t seen it yet, there is still time. 


There are two book fairs coming up in the next couple of months where I will be selling my work:

Book Arts Show 2013

Saturday, 4 May 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada,
395 Wellington St.,
, Ontario
Speakers and Demonstrations will be running all day.
Open to the public and admission is free.
The Show will provide many local artists with the opportunity to exhibit their explorations in the book arts. From the preservation of historic techniques to taking the book to a new level, book artists want you to see a book as a three-dimensional structure. The Book Arts Show and Sale provides a unique opportunity to meet these artists and discover the breadth of the book arts movement in Canada, including over 25 bookbinders, book artists, letterpress and fine press printers, printmakers, papermakers, paper marblers, calligraphers, book restoration artists and conservators, suppliers, and more.
All book lovers can explore the range of fine handcrafted products being created and will have the opportunity to purchase unique treasures or to start on a new creative journey of their own. The Book Arts Show and Sale is also an opportunity for book artists and bookbinders to meet others working in the related disciplines and to discover new techniques, methods, or materials.
This year’s event presents a wide variety of work both for exhibit and for sale, including one-of-a-kind artist books, letterpress broadsides and publications, livres d’artiste, and bookbinding supplies.


June 15, 2013 – 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Jack Purcell Community Centre, 2ND Floor  
320 Jack Purcell Lane
Ottawa, ON


Spring book binding and book arts classes are starting again. 

OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART – 35 George Street Campus

April 17, 2013 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

To register: general interest

By phone: 613-241-7471       be e-mail:

WORKSHOPS – OTTAWA SCHOOL OF ART – Orleans Campus, 245 Centrum Blvd.

Japanese Hidden Compartment Box

Saturday and Sunday - May 25 – 26, 2013 – 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This is an interesting and beautiful box.  When opened one way it has one compartment.  Turn it around and it has two compartments when opened.  It consists of four boxes in one, each with its own lid.  After completion of this box, participants will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to box making of any size and shape. 

To register: – general interest

By phone: 613-580-2765    by e-mail:

Two compartments

When turned around and opened, one compartment.

Explorer’s Journal

Saturday, June 8, 2013 – 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This is a leather bound journal lined with Lokta paper.  Participants will learn how to line the leather cover.  They will create multiple signatures and stitch them into the cover using the French stitch. 

To register: – general interest

By phone: 613-580-2765    by e-mail:


I have been busy creating books for the upcoming book fairs.  Here are some of the books that will be available for sale.

I recently purchased some Italian papers.  They are beautifully decorated and very attractive once incorporated into the book.  I reversed the process I usually use on this style of book.  The leather is on the inside. 

I also got a new template of a hibiscus flower.  Some of the pages of this journal have been hand embossed with the hibiscus flower in different sizes. 

I finally found out how to do the Secret Belgian Binding. 

Traditional Japanese Stab Bound books with Italian paper covers.  I have embossed the pages with the hibiscus flower. 

Here is a coptic bound book and one with the Secret Belgian binding. 

This is a forest green lamb skin, leather bound journal.  I lined it with a red Lokta paper and used a geode to decorate the turn over.  The braided tie is waxed cotton thread. 

I used the Italian paper for a fly leaf and embossed the pages with the hibiscus flower.

This is another lamb skin leather bound journal.  I used a piece of volcanic rock to decorate the cover. 

I lined the leather with a houndstooth decorated paper and made the fly leaf from hand marbled paper.  I used the suminagashi technique to marble this paper. 
The cover of this journal is made from a beautiful foil decorated paper in the design of snake skin.  I lined it with Lokta paper and used marbled paper for the fly leaf.  The closure is a labradorite ring and waxed cotton thread. 

These are single signature books with hard covers. 

In some I used the same paper for the fly leaf as I did for the cover.  In others I used marbled paper for the fly leaf. 

Cloth bound multiple signature books. 

I used the hand marbled papers for end/fly leafs. 

These are Coptic bound address books. I created it so there is one page per person.  Information gathered includes the standard as well as blog, website, birthdays and special occassions. 

 This is a stationery box.  It consists of three boxes in one.  The medallion on the top is a recycled brass necklace with an erect red lion on a blue background.

 The corners are covered in a playful, colourful design.  The feet are wooden beads. 

The interior has three compartments.  There are 20 blank notes with envelopes in the right and left hand side boxes.  The center box is for writing instruments.  I used a combination of floral designed papers and an elegant gold designed paper.  A touch of class with a little fun around the edges.  In the left and right hand boxes I incorporated a piece of paper from the corners - just had to bring the fun inside.  This box measures 13.25 X 7.25 x 2 inches (33.6 x 17.8 x 5 cm).


This year I am participating in two collaborative projects.  The first project is called Photographic Dialogue.  Ginger Burrell, a photographer and book artist from California initiated a year long photographic conversation with twenty-five participants.  One week we receive a photograph from Ginger and the following week we send her a photograph, in response to the one we received.  I have found this a great deal of fun and it has given me the opportunity to look beyond the visual image of the photograph to explore things like purpose, design and sound.  If you would like to learn more about the project, go to:  At the end of the year I will create some photographic dialogue books from the images we have shared with one another. 

The second is an online project called The Noise Project – Labspace Studio in Toronto.  In this project we are given a prompt about noise and then are asked to use any medium to demonstrate the noise.  This has been a very interesting project that gets me to stretch my thinking about noise and how I can demonstrate it using photographic images.  As this is an international project, I find it very interesting how others interpret and present the concept of noise.  If you would like to learn more about this project, go to: 

That’s about all for now.  I hope to see you at one of the book fairs or possibly in a seat in one of the classes or workshops.  Have a great spring and enjoy the beautiful sound of the songbirds returning from the south. 

If you want to know more about my books or classes, please contact me at: and I’ll be happy to have a discussion with you.

Just a note:  the e-mail on this video is no longer in use.


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