Arielle is an apprentice bookbinder. She discovered bookbinding in 2015 and joined the Canadian Bookbinding and Book Arts Guild (CBBAG) in 2016. She is currently taking courses offered through CBBAG.  Arielle recently obtained her CBBAG Certificate of Completion, for completing the core courses, in June 2019. She is currently re-taking the core courses to be able to teach them. Courses taught under Dan Mezza her instruction so far includes:

  • Bookbinding Level 1* (2016, 2019, 2022)
  • Bookbinding Level 2* (2016, 2022)
  • Bookbinding Level 3* (2018)
  • Introduction to Leather (2016)
  • Repair & Restoration for cloth and paper bindings* (2017, 2023)
  • Protective Enclosures (2016, 2022)
  • Paper Treatment for Binders* (2017)
  • Album Pages & Structures (2018)
  • Linocut workshop (2018)
  • Finishing* (2018)
  • Repair & Restoration for leather bindings* (2019)
  • Models of Bookbinding Techniques: Sewing Structures (2019)
  • Models of Bookbinding Techniques: Endpapers (2019)
  • Cambridge Panel Binding (2019)

CBBAG core curriculum courses

Additional workshops:

  • Miniature Leather Books with James Spyker (2017)
  • Introduction to Letterpress with Mike Pomeroy (2017)
  • Introduction to European Marbling with Nancy French (2017)
  • Paste Paper with CBBAG SWO Chapter (2018)
  • Safeguarding Cross Structure Binding (CSB) with Stuart Hill (2022)
  • Introduction to Islamic Endbands with Stuart Hill (2022)
  • An Exploration of Japanese Papers with Sigrid Blohm (2022)
  • The Ethiopian Binding with Karen Hanmer (2022)

Arielle’s bookbinding interests are restoration and repair. Along with bookbinding Arielle enjoys writing, her favorite genres include historical fiction and fantasy. Arielle is currently a library assistant at Western University and she teaches History of the Book & Book Preservation Basics for Western’s MLIS program. Her academic background includes a B.A in English & Linguistics, an M.A. in Linguistics and an MLIS degree. Her interests historical book structures and repair, as well as digital humanities.

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