Shanty Bay Press was established in Shanty Bay, Ontario, in 1996 as a
private press devoted to publishing livres d’artistes in
which the texts and the illustrations accompanying them would have
weight in the design of the books. The press is a partnership: the
type-setting, presswork and binding are the work of Janis Butler, the
illustrations are by Walter Bachinski, and the editorial, design and
publishing decisions are shared. The press’s equipment
includes a Vandercook SP20, Vandercook Universal 1, double crown
press (1836), an etching press, and a growing collection of type.
a degree in English from the University of Waterloo and has undertaken
extensive studies in studio work (chiefly
painting) at York University. She studied printing with George Walker
at Ontario College of Art and Design, with Crispin and Jan Elsted at
Barbarian Press and with Clare Bolton at Alembic Press. She
studied binding with Betsy Palmer Eldridge and Reg Beatty in Toronto.
teaches studio art and art history at Georgian College, and is active
as a painter.
has an MA from the University of Iowa, where he
majored in printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky. He also worked closely
with Frederick Hagan at the Ontario College of Art. He taught drawing
and printmaking at the University of Guelph from 1967-1994. He is
widely known as a sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker and
has had numerous exhibitions in Canada and his work is in private and
public collections across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.