Monday, 9 September 2013


It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting at the window looking out at the world.  By all appearances it is a beautiful, warm, sunny day.  The grass is green and the leaves are swaying gently in the wind.  We have turned the corner into September and autumn.  When one walks outside the air smells like a changed season and it has a noticeable chill; not cool enough for a heavy coat yet, just a light jacket. 

I had a very good summer, teaching, making books and enjoying the warm weather.  August was a blur as I taught classes at both campuses.  I moved from August into September participating in the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.  This is the first time I have participated in such an event.  It was very interesting and included artisans, industrial designers and an interesting assortment of electronic and technical inventions by young and mature inventors.  The attendance was amazing and adults and children alike enjoyed the offerings. 

I spent some of my summer days down at the Byward market in the heart of Ottawa.  I always enjoy my time there watching people, taking pictures and enjoying the ice cream. 

This gentleman was kind enough to step out of his kiosk so I could take his picture.  

 I love looking at the reflections of my surroundings.  There are so many layers of images that one can see, not to mention photograph. 

 Right from the heart of maple syrup land.  If you want an education on maple syrup, this is the place to go.  Just fantastic on pancakes and crepes.  

Can you believe this is a receiving door at one of the many loading docks in the market.  As a shoe lover, I see a beautiful shoe.  What do you see?  

 I was sitting down enjoying some great ice cream when I saw this image in a cracked mirror in front of me.  As luck would have it, I had my camera handy. 


 As the season changes, so do my activities.  Fall courses are starting up at the Ottawa School of Art again.  My course is now offered as an option to certificatae and diploma students.  

FALL 2013 – 35 George Street Campus
Course Code
Sept. 17 –  Dec. 3
1830 – 2130
Book Arts – 12 Weeks

FALL 2013 – Orléans Campus – Shenkman Arts Centre
Course Code
Sept 18 – Dec. 4

1300 – 1600

Book Arts I - Intro


Fall 2013  -  Workshops – Orléans Campus – Shenkman Arts Centre
Workshop Code
Sat, Sept. 28 &
Sun, Sept. 29
10:00– 1630
Japanese Hidden Compartment Box – Part 1

Thur. Nov 7, 2013
10:00 - 1630
Leather Explorer’s Journal
Saturday, Dec. 7
1300 - 1600
Hand Decorated Paper – Intro

All registration is done through the Ottawa School of Art at:  Course information can be found on the website under General Interest – Printmaking, for the George Street and Orleans campuses.   Come out and have some fun creating books and/or boxes.  They make fabulous gifts for family and friends.  


I had the opportunity to photograph a couple of books made by my students.  These are Coptic bound books with a sleeve.  Both ladies worked with blue papers.  

 Jenny decorated the covers of her book with cut outs which she had drawn; one was of the Phoenix rising and the other, a tree.  The orange Japanese paper she used was textured and it made an interesting contrast to the smooth book cover and sleeve.  She used a red satin ribbon for the closure.

Randa used a beautiful handmade paper and lined it with blue card stock.  The sleeve on the left and book on the right were covered with the same paper.  When held it looked like a clutch purse. 


I will be at a number of craft shows and book fairs again this fall.  To date here is the list: 
October 12, 2013 - Ottawa Small Press Book Fair - Jack Percell Centre, 2nd floor 
Jack Percell Lane, just off of Elgin Street - 12:00 to 5:00 pm 

November 9, 2013 - Britannia United Church Craft Show - 985 Pincrest Road, 
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

November 30 & December 1, 2013 - BazArt - Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

I hope to see you at one of these events.  

If you have any questions about the courses, workshops or books, please let me know.  I will be happy to discuss them with you.  You can contact me at:
My books are now available at the Ottawa School of Art Boutique, 35 George Street and the Ottawa Art Gallery, Leasing and Sales Boutique at 2 Daly Avenue

Wishing you all a fabulous autumn. 

Mary (Note: the e-mail address on this video is no longer in use)