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Lorna Mulligan

Visual arts, Craft and design
Calligraphy and binding


Lorna Mulligan has an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. She also studied at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. She has a passion for colours, typography, illustration and painting. For several years now, she has been practicing traditional bookbinding and calligraphy. Having received several grants from the Canada Council and the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the artist has exhibited her mixed media work both in Canada and in Europe. A plastic arts teacher at Dawson College and at the Montréal Visual Arts Centre, she has also worked as a graphic designer in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montréal.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Lorna Mulligan teaches by using simple, concrete projects, starting with an explanation and short demonstration. She inspires the students to explore their own creativity while she helps and directs them individually. Her students are always very inspired by their own creations, their progress and their newly discovered abilities. ln using the making of a small book as the project for this workshop, she combines her primary interests and skills of bookbinding, calligraphy, graphic design and painting/illustration. This makes for an exciting project where she is able to convey her enthusiasm and creativity to the students.

Examples of activities

  • Each student will make his own book using a traditional bookbinding method. They start with an explanation/demonstration of the simplified steps of book production - bookbinding, calligraphy, illustration and printing. After having folded and prepared the inside pages, they will assemble the books using a simple sewing technique. The older students will use a more complex stitching pattern and make a slightly bigger book. The students will discover through their own creativity the joys of making a hand-made book. The classes can then complete their books with their teacher, according to their theme or subject of study.
  • She also offers calligraphy as a second activity (which can be combined with the bookbinding or done separately). The students will learn the basics of an Italic handwriting with upper and lowercase letters. This can then be used in their books for titles, drop caps, or simply to write a story or poem for a different project. This project guides the students to create their own booklet, using the skills of both bookbinding and calligraphy.

Special conditions

This workshop requires Bond paper to be provided by the school.

For information

Lorna Mulligan
Phone : 514 495-8109
Email :

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Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2

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