Stephen Murphy

I have always been passionate about books from a young age. There is tremendous potential for artistic expression in hand bound books and artists’ books. Teaching book binding is a natural extension of my passion and I enjoy developing new and innovative classes. I have instructed bookbinding in private, gallery, institutional and not-for-profit settings for over 15 years.

From 2005 -2010 I owned and operated Arts on Atlantic Gallery in Calgary AB.  The gallery pioneered the exhibition and sale of local hand crafted & artists’ books as fine craft in a gallery setting.  Bookbinding exhibitions, events and classes were frequently held at the gallery.

Career Highlights

  • Commissioned to produce 40 unique hand bound albums for the G8 leaders at the summit in Kananaskis, AB.
  • Selected exhibition bookbinder for 500 Handmade Books publication by Lark Books
  • Exhibiting bookbinder 2nd International Bookbinding as Art Exhibition in Italy
  • Nominated for Award of Honor,  Alberta Crafts Council