Artspace Book & Zine Fest 2018

Feb 24, 10 am - 5 pm at ARTSPACE

The 3rd Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest will take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 10am - 5pm. The event will feature artist-made zines, comics and graphic novels, letterpress prints and cards, the work of small presses, woodcuts, screen prints, handmade books and other types of book and paper arts.

Want to make some prints of your own? Join artist, Jeff Macklin on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1 -3 pm for a hands-on beginners lino block cutting workshop. *Please note that registration has closed for this workshop

Image Credit: O Underworld! Print & Press

Book + Zine Fest Participants:

Rob Collinet
The Sunday Night Bombers
Avery Morris
bird, buried press
Debbie Waker Handmade Paper
Alex Bierk
Birds 'N' Bees Illustration and Design
Patrick Allaby
Cagsyy (Art of Katelynne Cagliostro)
Laura K. Watson
Sunkcabbage Press
Call Out Comics
Chris Foster
Transformer Press
Angela Hennessey
O Underworld! Print & Press
Jackson Creek Press

Rob Collinet is an urban maker of digital and physical art. Having studied at what is now OCAD U, since the 1990's Rob has illustrated for newspapers, magazines and children's books. He has created animations and short films as one half of the comedic video duo, hotdogboy. He has also produced online games and apps and since 2010 has been exploring a wide spectrum of mediums, some of which include, zine and book-making, adhesive urban art, graffiti, two and three dimensional collage and more.

Stephen Ibbott, of OurNewsletter, started out as a Fine Artist and has over the last 15 years shown his paintings all around the world. For a time, he only drew comics on the side, mainly as a means to poke fun at his friends. But now, it is comics all the time. Comics, comics, comics! He lives in Toronto, Canada with his lovely family.

The Sunday Night Bombers is a black & white zine comprised of Canadian artists that focuses on providing a platform for narrative work from voices and communities that may not be given the opportunity by more traditional publications.

Avery Morris is a current George Brown student studying Art and Design. Her work is multidisciplinary with a focus on oil painting and storytelling through acrylic ink zines. She has participated in the past two Artspace Zine Book + Fests and hopes to work towards a graphic novel.

bird, buried press is a small press located in Peterborough, Ontario, publishing writers and artists from or living in Ontario. bird, buried chapbooks, zines, and ephemera are assembled by hand, and often include one-of-a-kind features.

Debbie Waker has been making paper for almost twenty years. Initially self taught, through reading books and trial and error, she eventually found a course on paper making at the Ottawa School of Art. Here she added to her knowledge and began to learn about bookbinding. When she moved to the GTA, Debbie became a member of the Canadian Bookbinding and Book Artist Guild in Toronto where she has taken several courses. Debbie makes eco-friendly paper made from recycled paper and whatever grows outside, such as leeks, corn, onion, beats and hosta. This has led to interesting discoveries and unique paper.

Alex Bierk Born 1982.

Ronnie Ritchie, of Birds 'N' Bees Illustration and Design, is a comic artist, illustrator, and storyteller living and working in Peterborough, Ontario. They have worked with companies like Stacked Deck Press, Bitch Magazine, and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre to make personal and educational comics, and independently create their ongoing comic memoir, GQutie.

Rather than consider art and music independently, Canvas and Cassette is interested in exploring the ways in which these two creative worlds naturally overlap: they want to know what bands an illustrator listens to in their studio, a songwriter’s thought process when selecting artwork to represent their music, and other iterations and collaborations between creatives with backgrounds in both fields.

Until, August 2017, Patrick Allaby lived in Sackville, New Brunswick, where he curated The Sensual World, an exhibit of contemporary comic art for the Owens Art Gallery, organized the Sappyfest Zine Fair, and was a local karaoke star. He now lives in Kitchener and is a MFA student at the University of Waterloo.

Katelynne Cagliostro (Cagsyy) is a Canadian artist/illustrator currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, originally from Hastings, Ontario. Cagliostro recently received her BFA in Art and Art History through the University of Toronto (2017), as well as an advanced diploma in Studio Art (2017) and Visual and Creative Arts (2013) through Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Her work recently deals with identity, anxiety, body positivity and female empowerment.These themes are often tied together through autobiographical narratives that are a result of Cagliostro sharing her own personal experiences dealing with these topics in her daily life. Her work often combines the usage of images and text through bookwork, drawing and painting.

Laura Watson is a drawer, printmaker, embroiderer, and writer from Georgetown, Ontario. She acquired her BFA from Mount Allison University in 2015 and currently lives in Kitchener, ON. She sends her work out for free in an international mail exchange and may or may not be a member of the Society of Anonymous Drawers.

Sylvski.Art: Sylvia’s artistic practice is focused in printmaking techniques such as lithography, intaglio, and woodcut. Her artwork portrays ornament and decorative style which are drawn from her studies of nature, architecture, and imagination. As well she draws, paints and dabbles in paper folding.

Liz Menard (Skunkcabbage Press) is a Toronto based printmaker, book artist and installation artist. Her practice considers our environment and the native and invasive species that struggle to survive. Most recently, Menard was Artist in Residence at PLAYA (Oregon), elected to the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA), and named the Hexagon Special Project Fellow (2016). Menard is an Artist Member of Open Studio, OSA and Canadian Book Binders and Book Artist Guild (CBBAG).

Jonathan Rotsztain, of Call Out Comics, is a writer, artist and graphic designer based in Toronto. A graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies with an MFA in cartooning, his work deals in personal narratives and surreal tales. In his autobiographical pieces, Rotsztain explores identity and representation around self-esteem, class and identity. His other stream of comics work harnesses the power of drawing to conjure the fantastic, while maintaining themes of political rights. From December 2013 to July 2017, Rotsztain created a daily one page Dreary Diary comic.

Chris Foster is a multidisciplinary visual artist, designer and carpenter based in Toronto. His artwork investigates material culture, the built environment and spaces in transition. His work takes aesthetic cues from architectural vernacular, graphic histories and anachronistic technologies. His work often employs a dark sense of humour to challenge popular notions of progress in contemporary culture. His creative process is motivated by production-based projects, design/build collaborations and artist multiples. He runs a very small screen printing studio on Toronto Island called the Fire Ant Print Studio.

Lise Melhorn-Boe, of Transformer Press, has been making and exhibiting books and sculptural book works for over thirty-five years. She studied at the University of Guelph and received her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. Melhorn-Boe has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States as well as Europe and South America. Her work is in several public and university collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, Library and Archives Canada, the National Gallery in Ottawa, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Angela Hennessey came to Canada from Germany in 1955, began painting in 2001, and continues studying with experienced printmakers, earning numerous awards at juried shows. She is an Elected Member of The Society of Canadian Artists, and belongs to many arts organizations. Her main focus is investigating and experimenting with methods of printmaking: etching, lino/wood-cut, mono-printing, impasto water-colour printing, screen printing, collagraphy and lithography. She has taught printmaking workshops at Station Gallery in Whitby as well as other arts organizations. She believes the process is as important as the end product.

Bennett Bedoukian/O Underworld! Print & Press is small letterpress operation out of Havelock, printing small books and broadsides.

Jackson Creek Press is a old school letterpress artisan who uses wood and lead type, blocks that i carve and my hands to make things. I'm also a fan of modern pop music.