Served as director of the American Academy of Bookbinding for five years. During her tenure the Academy grew tremendously. Currently teaching at AAB in Telluride, and in her studio in Summerfield. Former Chair of the Standards Committee of Excellence of the Guild of Book Workers for from 1988 to 2000 and former president of ARQ (Association des Relieurs du Quebec) 1986-1987.
Born in 1941 in Montreal, Canada.
Book Arts Education:
Studied basic raised cords French technique binding at the Centro
Del Bel Libro, Ascona, Switzerland, with Edwin Heim
Studied limp vellum binding, paper binding, twin binding
(dos-a-dos) and boxes with Hugo Peller in Solothurn, Switzerland
Studied gold tooling and onlays with Roger Arnoult in Paris
L Art de la Reliure, Bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy, Montreal
Hand Bookbinding: Fine leather French technique binding, millimeter binding, New Oriental binding,
Drop spine binding, Separate boards Structure.
Finishing techniques for fine bookbinding:
Edge gilding, edge coloring, blind & gold tooling, inlay, onlay, mosaic,
Boxmaking and protective containers.
Paper Decoration: Paste paper and modern marbled paper.
Teaching Experience: Private Studio
1976 to present: Teaching French technique full leather binding
Case binding, cloth and half or quarter leather
Paste paper & Marbled paper
Blind and gold tooling
Inlays and Onlays
Juried Exhibition and Catalogues (selected):
March 2010, exhibition at Guilford College of the bindings of Don and Monique that were given to the college by the collector Dan Moska.
2009 The Grolier Club Creates. Book arts by club members. Catalogue available at the Grolier Club in New York, page 24. Monique has been a member of the Grolier Club since 2002.
The Art of the Book 2008, a traveling exhibition in Canada from September 2008 to January 2011, page 64 in the catalogue.
2008 Quebec relie comme jamais…for the celebration of the 400 Anniversary of the foundation of Quebec City. Monique’s binding “Novembre 1775” was selected. Catalogue page 45.
Guild of BookWorkers conference and exhibition in New York in 2006. Monique was a presenter at the conference. The topic of her talk was the “History of Bookbinding in Quebec”. Two books were selected for the exhibition. One in the retrospective ( Lignes) and one in the traveling exhibition ( La premiere ecole d’art graphique en Amerique.) Pages 25 and 54 in the catalogue.
The Art of the Book 2003 by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artist Guild. Book was “the Enchiridion of Epictetus” and the exhibition traveled all over Canada from September 2003 to June 2005. Page 62 in the catalogue.
September 2002, Guild of BookWorkers Standards of Excellence Seminar in Minneapolis. Monique was a presenter and the topic was Chemise and slipcase.
Bookbinding 2000 is by far the most prestigious conference in the US. Held at the Rochester Institute of Technology in June of 2000. The conference celebrated the installation and opening of the Bernard Middleton collection. Mister Middleton chose the presenters and Monique was one of them. A video of each presentation was produced and it is available true RIT. A catalogue of the proceedings was also published. The presenters were from all over the world. Monique’s presentation was “edge to edge doublure”.
Guild of BookWorkers Abecedarium exhibition traveling around the
Country until December 1999. Catalogue.
The art of the Book 98. A juried exhibition of memberís work celebrating
The 15th anniversary of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artist Guild,
Travelling in Canada until November 1999.
You Can Judge a Book by its Cover. A catalog of the thirty-three
Miniature designer bindings of Bernard Middletonís book, Mel Kavin,
Collector of bookbinding, choose and commission the thirty-three
Bookbinders. Catalogue page 38-39.
Biennale Europeenne de la Reliure D Art, St. Jean de Luz, France.
Won the price from the town of Hendaye. Number 390, page 22 in the
The Guild of bookWorkers juried exhibition on Peter & Donna
Thomasí book: A Collection of Hand Made Papers. Travelling
Ve Forum International de la Reliure D Art, Montreal, Canada.
One of the 6 speakers. Two bindings selected, page 55 and 109 in the
Tregaskis Centenary Exhibition, London. Catalogue p.95
The Art of the Book 93. A juried exhibition of the work of members
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Canadian Bookbinders and Book
Artists Guild. Talas award for Fine Binding. Catalogue P.49 and 79.
50 by 25 Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, TX. One
of the 25 international bookbinders chosen to bind two books. Catalogue.
ìThe Book as Art: Contemporary Directions Montgomery Gallery,
Galleries of the Claremont Colleges. Catalogue.
Catalogue Fourteen, Joshua Heller Rare Books, Inc., plate 20, page 16.
Prix Paul Bonet, catalog of the international exhibition of Centro del bel
Libro, Ascona Switzerland. Two bindings and the only American
Participant (128 people from 19 countries) p. 43.
Sites of Exhibitions:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Smithsonian Institute, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC
Susan Conway Carroll Galleries, Washington DC
Museum of New Mexico
University of Texas at Austin
The MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusettes
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Bibliotheque Forney, Paris, France
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Librairie Blaizot, Paris, France
Bibliotheque Nationale, Montreal, Canada
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
St Bride Foundation, London
Bibliotheca Wittockiana Brussels
National Library of Estonia, Tallinn
Museum of Western Bohemia, Pilzen
Library of the Bauhaus University, Weimar
Museum of Printing Arts, Leipzig
Imprenta Municipal, Madrid
Hodges Reading room, UNCG
Private Library of Pope Jean-Paul II, Vatican City, Italy
McGill University, McLennan Library, Rare Book & Special Collections
Louisiana State University Library, Rare Books Collections, Baton Rouge
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jackson Library, Rare Books Collection
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
University of Monitoba, Rare Books collection, Saint-Boniface, Canada
Art Institute of Chicago
Pierpoint Morgan Library, NY
Private collections in USA, Canada, Europe, Japan.
The Guild of Book Workers, NY
The Hand Bookbinders of California
Designer Bookbinders, England
American Crafts Council
Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artist Guild
Les Amis de la Reliure dArt, France
Wehmais Group, Finland
National Museum of Women in the Art
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, NC
L’Association des Relieurs du Quebec
ARA Canada, ARA USA
Grants, Honors & Awards:
2008 The guild of Bookworkers gave Monique the Laura Young award for her service to the Guild.
Resources techniques Program, Quebec Government, 1982. funding research.
Resources techniques Program, Quebec Government, 1983. Full funding research.
Accessibiliteî Program, Quebec Government, 1983. Full scholarship.
Bookmakers International Award. ìThe Art of the Bookî Canadian Bookbinders
and Book Artists Guild Exhibition, March 1993.
Bridwell Library, DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition: jury price for design in 2000 and 2003.
Produced by the Guild of Book Workers:
Edge to edge doublures
Chemise and Slip Case
Produced by Rochester Institute of Technology:
Edge to edge doublures