Welcome to LK Bookbindery, featuring fine hand-bound books, custom binding and book repair by Louisa Krátká, bookbinder and artist based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Artist Profile: In the summer of 1997, I took my first book arts course with Susan Mills at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax, NS). I had started art school the previous year with an interest in jewellery & printmaking so thus began my studies in NSCAD’s jewellery studios with Kye-Yeon Son, Pam Ritchie and Paul McClure, and in the printmaking studios with Ed Porter, Bob Rogers, Dan O’Neill and Nancy Edell. I was also drawn to courses in weaving (with Robin Muller), photography, audio, welding, woodworking, drawing and conceptual approaches to art. To expand my printmaking skills beyond etching, lithography and relief printmaking, I took a letterpress printing course with Joe Landry at the former Dawson Print Room that was then housed at Dalhousie University. Before I graduated from NSCAD in 1999, I spent a spring semester of exchange studies at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) where I delved deeper into book arts, letterpress and offset printing, studying with bookbinders Denise Carbone, Carol Barton, Lori Spencer and Patti Smith. Returning to Halifax, I received a Bachelor of Fine Art in December of that year, with an Interdisciplinary major and Art History minor. Since that time I have taken numerous workshops through CBBAG and the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, with Don Taylor, Betsy Palmer-Eldridge, John Burbidge, Louise Granahan and other respected bookbinders. I continue to learn with each new commission.
For over a decade now, I have taught bookbinding workshops at my studio, in backyards and at various arts centres and schools in Ontario. Through the Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in Education program, I have had the privilege and great fun of working with hundreds of children, teaching the basics of binding books by hand, and exploring with them our imaginations through story-telling, illustration, marbling and collage.
My sincere thanks go to the Ontario Arts Council and the many mentors and colleagues that have given their support along the way. Congratulations to Joan Rentoul of ‘The Bindery’ for her many years of service to the Guelph community. It’s an honour to carry on the tradition.
~ Louisa Krátká
The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.