TYPOLOGY presents Elemental | Book Works by Cathryn Miller


As we head into late fall, the chill in the air and the leaves underfoot put us in mind of the seasons and the stars, elemental concepts evoking cycles, rituals, and deeply held wishes. Not coincidentally, such themes form the conceptual threads weaving much of Saskatchewan artist Cathryn Miller’s work together, and so it is with a sense of both celebratory anticipation and seasonal cheer that we announce our next exhibition.

Please join us Friday, November 7th from 7–9 pm for the opening of Elemental | Book Works by Cathryn Miller, featuring a selection of unique and editioned works ranging from tiny folded paper accumulations to a new wall-sized composition. The thoughtfully conceived and often laboriously crafted objects in the show represent a sustained investigation of manifold worlds, encompassing both the inner/outer, micro/macro, and meta/physical dimensions. In distilling her findings into the personal, poetic, and often playful objects on view, Miller’s observations and life experiences are made exquisitely manifest in the tactile materials, sequential structures, and storied logic of both traditional and invented or altered book forms. A homecoming of sorts, Elemental is Miller’s first solo show in Toronto, where she was born and lived as a child before moving around the country, eventually settling in Saskatchewan in 1973.

Click to enlarge/print the press release below. Scroll down for opening details plus a full list of upcoming exhibition-related events, including a Family-friendly Paper-folding Workshop with the artist.


Friday, November 7, 2014 from 7–9 pm
Help us extend a warm welcome to the artist, who will be here from Saskatchewan for the opening weekend. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Edition Launch and Catalogue Preview
At the opening, we’ll be launching the fourth in our series of affordable limited edition prints produced in collaboration with exhibiting artists. A prototype of the exhibition catalogue with original curatorial essay will also be available for viewing and pre-order at a 10% discount.

Event location
TYPOLOGY Projects, No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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The following exhibition-related events are free and open to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP to info (at) typology (dot) ca.

Family-friendly Paper Folding Workshop with Cathryn Miller | Sunday, November 9th starting at 1 pm
Learn to make a variety of useful and beautiful folded paper pockets and envelopes (plus a magic toy!) with artist Cathryn Miller. We’ll start with a brief introduction to her work in the Elemental exhibition, then jump right in with the first of at least six projects!

Event is free to attend and suitable for adults and kids 6+ with caregiver; ideal for ages 9–15. Projects will be presented in order of increasing difficulty so families with kids at the younger end of the spectrum are encouraged to come early and stay as long as they are interested. Materials will be provided, but participants may also bring decorative papers of their own. In addition to finished projects and models, participants will receive 2 pre-printed flexagons and a handout for Hedi Kyle’s Pocket Book.

Stars of the Season: Holiday Star-making Workshop | Sunday, November 30th starting at 1 pm
Just in time for the holidays — come make a variety of paper star projects inspired by Cathryn Miller’s altered book works. We’ll start with a brief family-friendly tour of the Elemental exhibition, then get down to business with some hands-on star-making. Projects will include folded and cut paper stars suitable for ornaments, garlands, and gifting! Event is free to attend and geared toward adults and kids 6+ with caregiver. Materials will be provided.

About the Artist
A former theatrical designer and fibre artist, Cathryn Miller has focused on book arts and paper making for the past twenty years. Throughout her career she has won numerous awards and is the only Saskatchewan craftsperson to have received the Premier’s Prize at Dimensions (the annual juried exhibition of the Saskatchewan Craft Council), in two different media. Under the imprint of Byopia Press, Miller’s handmade paper and book works are held in more than forty public collections in Canada, the United States, and England, and in private collections the world over.

Press Release

A PDF of the press release is available here; contact Shani K Parsons at info (at) typology (dot) ca for more information.

Not local? Stay tuned for pics from the show and related events – it will be just like you were here! And thanks so much for your continued interest and support!

image: Cathryn Miller, Snowy Owl (detail), 2009


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