CraftED Retreat: Bookbinding with Debra Frances

April 13, 2023 - May 3, 2023

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23132 Road 37.5
Miami, Manitoba
R0G 0C2




June 2-6, 2023
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2023

Log Book Bookbinding:
During this five day retreat you will learn the bookbinding and woodworking skills necessary to create your own unique log book.

No bookbinding experience is required. Debra will lead you through the basics of bookbinding and will guide you into the two needle coptic method of binding a book. By the end of the first day you will have created a sample book with wood covers which will prepare you for transferring those skills to the making of your own personal log book.

You will learn how to create individual templates for your chosen log that will follow its unique contours. We will explore a variety of paper treatments that will allow you to further personalize your book. Approachable woodworking skills will be introduced using basic hand tools and a dremel tool, preparing you to be able to continue to make books on your own.

All materials and tools necessary will be provided, but if you have your favourite awl, cutting scissors or folders, feel free to bring those along.

About Debra Frances

Debra Frances Plett is a bookbinder and book artist whose work falls between the traditional definition of art and craft. Her work, though functional in its form, is defined by its tactile and sculptural presence. She works with each piece as a sculpture, investing time and consideration into her materials and process. For Debra books represent archives, not only of the personal, but keeping record of a specific point in time and place. Gathering what is around her–often discarded or unused resources– is an act of preservation in a fast changing environment where much goes to waste. She collects objects and resources that feel precious, unique, overlooked. Transforming foraged material into sculptural books signifies both the value of that object and, inthe gesture of a functional form, its unfinished story. Debra enjoys sharing her love of bookbinding through classes taught locally in Manitoba, and she hosts annual bookbinding retreats on North Vancouver Island, BC. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in the USA, and her artists’ books have recently been acquired by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Bruce Peel Special Collection and the Bridwell Library Special Collection.

About Hollyhock Hill Studio Retreat:

Hollyhock Hill Studio is a professional art/craft studio situated on a 29 Acre woodlot in the rolling Pembina Hills, Just outside of Miami Manitoba (115 km from Winnipeg, MB). This studio is full of natural light and is well equipped for working in a number of different art mediums.

Above the studio is a two bedroom suite with dormitory style sleeping accommodations for six, with a disconnected bunkhouse offering two additional beds on the property.

Nearby amenities include the Trans Canada Trail running beside the property, nearby golf course, bike riding, hiking and photography opportunities.

Find out more details HERE: https://c2centreforcraft.ca/2023/03/23/crafted-retreat-bookbinding-with-debra-frances/


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April 13, 2023 - May 3, 2023


Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cost - free



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