** PLEASE NOTE NEW HOURS**
Wednesday through Sunday 10AM - 1PM, and 3PM- 6PM
A visit to An Artist's Cottage is an opportunity not only to see inside this charming 150- year-old house within sight of Stratford's Market Square, but also to see the work and studio of an artist who has been preserving the traditional art of wood engraving, a process of printing images from finely incised end-grain blocks of very hard woods such as boxwood. Gerard Brender à Brandis began in a printmaking course at McMaster University in 1964 and has been pursuing this career ever since. His blocks are used to create single-leaf images for framing and for illustrating his limited editions of handmade books which he designs, illustrates, hand sets in foundry type, prints on an 1865 Albion press which has recently been restored, and binds by hand. For some books he occasionally makes the paper and spins, dyes and weaves the linen for covers. Visitors are able to see whichever processes are being done at the time of their visit. The parlour is a small gallery of framed and unframed engravings as well as a few water colours and oil paintings.
The latest edition of handmade books, Under This Roof, celebrates the house's sesquicentennial (2016) and a chapbook about one of Ontario's renowned gardens, Larkwhistle, is expected to appear in 2017. In addition, a number of commercially published books with reproductions of Gerard's engravings are also for sale. Some of these include a text by his sister, Marianne Brandis, since these siblings have collaborated on over a dozen books as well as publishing separately.
Groups of more than eight people are advised to make prior arrangements for their visit as the space is very small.
Open hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 1 May to 31 October. At other times by appointment. 519-273-7523,