The SWAP is a project that brings together Ottawa-Valley book artists to create, share, make and show and tell about their book or box and their journey through the creative process.

How does it work?

Each participant creates a signature sheet of the specified size, inspired by the given theme. Each participant has to produce as many identical sheets as there are participants (usually between 10-15), plus one more for CBBAG Ottawa archives. These sheets get swapped with the other participants. Each participant then takes a set of loose signature sheets and assembles then in book structure or a box of their own design. A few months later at a CBBAG Ottawa meeting, participants show their finished work and tell us about the creative process.

What are the specifications for this SWAP?

Theme: FIRE The word Fire (feu in French) can evoke images of landscape, nature, emotions, energy, forces, colours, events.

Media: Painting, drawing, calligraphy, letterpress, prints, photography, etc. – you are free to choose. Reproductions of your original artwork are accepted.

Dimensions: The signature sheet measures 8 ¾ inches wide by 8 inches high (22.23 x 20.32 cm). The content created by the participant must occupy the area on the right, mearing 8 x 8 inches (20.32 x 20.32 cm). The extra 3/4 inch wide band on the left remains blank. You may use both sides of the sheet. Accordion folds should be in multiples of 8 x 8 inches. Do not fold.

Your Name: Do not forget to sign your name legibly at the bottom right.

What are the key dates?

October 9, 2019 Project launch. To participate, e-mail Madeleine Rousseau at
December 11, 2019 Last day to confirm participation in the SWAP.
March 11, 2020 Participants exchange their completed sheets with the other participants.
May 13, 2020 Show time! Participants will show the assembled sheets and tell us about the creative journey of this project.

How to contact the project coordinator?

Madeleine Rousseau

I hope you will join in. It is a very rewarding experience, believe me!