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Bookbinding workshop with Helene Francoeur June 2000 at ARKANDOR, Nova Scotia, Canada

Discover the Art of Bookbinding with Helene Francoeur
(Bookbinder, paper decorator, printer, and editor)

This 35-hour workshop will be held at


from Monday 26 June - Saturday, 1 July 2000

Arkandor Retreat and Conference Center
2085 Groves Point Road  Bras d'Or, N.S., Canada  B0C 1B0
Tel. (902) 736-1521 Fax (902) 736-1845
Angelika Weller


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Workshop Tuition : C$ 300
Materials : C$ 50
Room & Board : C$ 290
Total C$ 640

Payment: by check or VISA

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This workshop is limited to 9 participants and is based on 35 hours of

If sufficient demand exists, a three-day version of this workshop can be

Upon registration, you will receive a list of small tools required.

Registration deadline: 15 May 2000

You are invited to reserve your place by completing this form and returning
it with a non-refundable deposit of C$50.

Course Description

We will be exploring several traditional bookbinding techniques (Balinese,
Japanese, Coptic) and paper decoration (paste papers and variations)
especially designed for book lovers : Artists, authors, bookbinders.

Upon completion of the 35-hour workshop, each participant will have
produced his/her own "limited edition book" and will be able to continue
personal research with easy to find tools.

Technical and historical elements will be discussed, books and bindings
will be displayed, and a supply directory will be available.

No previous experience is necessary except

curiosity, patience, steady hands, and an inclination towards a few of the

colors, textures, letterpress printing, book history, papermaking,
bookbinding, illustration.

About Hélène Francoeur

Hélène Francoeur took her first bookbinding lessons from Léon Gamache at
his bindery in Chicoutimi, Québec, in 1985. In 1992 she opened her own
bindery in Québec City. Mostly self taught during the first years, she went
on to a more formal scholarship with masters from Montréal, Toronto and the
United States. Her bindings were seen at many exhibitions, in Québec,
Canada and Europe, and most of all in the "Une passion à quatre mains"
exhibition held in Montréal (1998) and Québec (1999). The National Library
of Canada commissioned its Livre d&rsquo;Or from her. She won the William
Cowley Award for Fine Binding in 1998 (Canadian Bookbinders and Book
Artists Guild).

She is known for the way she respects the book&rsquo;s mechanism and
especially for her capacity to reflect the book&rsquo;s subject in a very
simple but highly representative décor, incorporating elements of a
whimsical and joyful nature.

She is interested in decorated papers and does her own pasted papers as
well as suminagashi.

Bookbinding brought her into fine press printing which she learnt in 1997.
She owns a small platen press. She is also a member in various bookbinding
associations, head of a bookbinding researcgh group (Québec), teacher at
the bookbinding school of Québec, all this in the hope of promoting a craft
and art form which she believes in.

We hope to hear from you and invite you to visit the Arkandor Website at

Angelika Weller

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