We — Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall — recently finished our ReFILL workshop in Winnipeg, which was a response to the Canadian government’s closing of the many Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries and pulping its contents. Since the library index and many of the titles are now lost, we led a great group of participants on a journey to reimagine and recreate the libraries vast holdings. Many of these were reports and studies were/are vital to charting the rate of climate change.
Before the workshop, we designed a variety of book template sizes and colours (covers and splines) and then laser-cut 40 of these for mass assembly. We were fortunate that Erika Lincoln, who sponsored the workshop provided access to AssentWorks, an artist-run fabrication lab in Winnipeg.
We had several book templates with various colors for people to select from.
The first day we looked at Fisheries and Oceans Canada WAVES online database to search for some of the titles and studies that were digitized after their removal from the Freshwater Library. We used this source to brainstorm possible titles for our reimagined Library and began book construction.
Then workshop participants constructed and glued.
The “pages” of the books were painted on with a Gesso medium.
On the second day, some of the artists in the workshop brought their own materials such as stencils and a labelmaker.
And here are some of the final books!
All of these artworks will be permanently displayed in the offices of the Winnipeg Arts Council.
These are some of the new titles, around 40 in total.