Stitched: One Artist’s Journey from Fiber Arts to Book Arts, a presentation by Julie R. Filatoff
Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1 to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom
Julie Filatoff took a rather circuitous route to becoming a book artist. She started out as a garment “sewist,” then a traditional quilter, then an art quilter, then a book artist who used a lot of fabric in her books (and now, more paper than fabric). This quick-moving presentation will include touchstones of that journey, artistic influences, and how one enthusiasm begat the next. Julie will also bring samples of all of the above for the audience to touch and look at.
Julie R. Filatoff is a book, fiber, and mixed-media artist who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BA in Art from California State University, Long Beach, and has taught at various venues throughout New Mexico. She is BAG’s current webmaster and a former board member. More information: http://www.jirafstudio.com
Scroll Books on Spools, a workshop with Julie R. Filatoff
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Fine Arts Building, Room 710
In this workshop students will be given the raw materials with which to create several small scroll books on the theme(s) of their choosing. We’ll start by applying acrylic paint in a thin, quick-drying layer in an analogous colorway on strips of printmaking paper, then create layers with various mark-making tools. We will then apply paint to papier maché boxes. We will bind the strips to the wooden thread spools after discussing the options for theme(s), text/no text, paper/fabric/both, etc. Although we will use thread spools, this structure lends itself to many themes and interpretations. The instructor will supply the box, spools, and paper; and a large selection of mark-making tools. Students will bring paint plus any artist-made/artist-decorated papers and ephemera they would like to include, and of course the usual bookbinding kit. (A detailed supply list will be sent upon registration.)
Fee: $80. Maximum students: 12. To register, send a check for the full amount, payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than February 12, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Arts and Printmaking: A Perfect Friendship, a presentation by Marci Ross Easterbrook
Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 1 pm to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College Board Room
What is the historic link between book arts and printmaking? How does one inform and stimulate design and form in the other? We will look at the perfect relationship between book arts and printmaking to consider how to create dynamic images that work with visual information and text.
Marci Ross Easterbrook has taught book arts, papermaking, and printmaking since 2004. Her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design introduced her to the interrelationship of all three arts, and lithography brought her to New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute for a professional printmaking certificate and UNM for her MA in Art Education. She currently teaches at Santa Fe Community College and enjoys making artist books of mixed media that use handmade papers for collage with lithography.
Inventing Your Own Alphabet, a workshop with Randall Hasson
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
The goal of this one-day workshop is to develop an approach to lettering skills and personal alphabets through the study of basic lettering principles. Participants will then experiment and refine individual lettering in class.
We will start the morning learning essential information about lettering tools and using them to make marks. We then begin construction of individual glyphs/characters that will eventually become our personal alphabet letters. Then we will create a cohesive plan for our alphabets by identifying underlying shapes and unique characteristics by analyzing size, weight, slope, and texture. With those elements identified, we will work on exercises using guide sheets and freehand, familiarizing ourselves with making these letters.
In the afternoon, we will build upon analysis of specific internal characteristics of students’ alphabets. We will try different tools to alter letterforms, then refine those forms even further, culminating in the creation of a final personal alphabet.
Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $80. To register, send a check for $80, payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than April 23, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at email@example.com.
The Silk Road is the Paper Road and a Road to Books, a presentation by Jane M Farmer
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom
Jane Farmer is retired from a career as a curator and producer of international traveling exhibitions, artist exchanges, and programs about printmaking, handmade paper, and artists’ books in Washington, DC. One of the final projects Jane was involved in, with co-founder Tom Leech and three partners, was the Paper Road/Tibet project that helped re-establish the hand papermaking tradition by bringing elderly papermakers to teach their skills to young people in Lhasa. During her work with artists and papermakers Jane became fascinated with the early use of pounded bark fibers as a religious symbol, and the history of papermaking’s migration—from China east to Korea and Japan, west to central Asia to North Africa, and finally to Europe. The role of paper in subsequent cultures varied depending on the time of its arrival—still serving a religious-spiritual function in Asia as well as a conveyance for the written word; whereas paper’s role in North Africa and Europe was almost exclusively as a means of printing books.
Since moving to New Mexico—with a large collection of handmade papers, prints, paperworks, and artist books—Jane has aspired to learn the craft of bookbinding and the creation of artists’ books in order to create books that relate to her experiences. She will talk about her research into the uses of paper, particularly the original Himalayan method of creating paper that allows it to dry on the paper mold. She will discuss her role as the creator of the “Paper Garden” as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival of 2002, The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust; discuss her research from Japan to Venice; and share her first artist’s book that tells a portion of that story, about the Uyghur traditions of silk and paper in Xinjiang Province in China. She will share several of her books that have been the precursors for this boxed book.
Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar: A series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists
Three consecutive Saturdays (August 4, 11, and 18, 2018), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room)
This workshop series is designed for people who have no experience in bookbinding or those who would like to review some simple structures and techniques to use in their bookmaking. Knowing the basics will help you to express yourself artistically in a book format. You will complete 2-3 books at each session.
Week 1: Folding and Gluing. You will learn basic folding and gluing techniques, how to cover boards, basic bookbinding terms, following folding diagrams, and tools to include in a basic bookbinding toolkit. You will make an accordion book, a single-sheet book, and a diamond-fold book.
Week 2: Sewing. You will learn how to determine hole placement, make hole templates, punch holes for sewing, and follow basic sewing diagrams. You will make a 3-hole pamphlet, a 5-hole pamphlet, and Japanese stab binding.
Week 3: Non-Traditional Structures. You will learn two non-traditional structures using the skills you have already learned: a flag book and a skewer book. You will be encouraged to think about how to express your ideas using traditional and non-traditional bookmaking techniques.
Fee: $130 for the series, which includes the materials fee. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $130, payable to BAG, to
Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than May 1, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at firstname.lastname@example.org.