Upcoming Programs and Events

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Current Work and Inspirations, a presentation by Bonnie Stahlecker

Bonnie Stahlecker (second from right) visited BAG in March 2016. We’re so pleased she’s returning.

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, March 9, 2018, 7 pm to 9 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Health & Sciences Center, Room 488

Bonnie Stahlecker returns to BAG to present her current work and what inspires her. She lectures and conducts workshops throughout the United States. She has held residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, the Banff Centre in Canada, Albion College in Michigan, and the Auvillar Cultural Exchange Program in France. In 2013 she had a solo exhibition at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis, Indiana, along with other solo and two-person shows. Bonnie is the recipient of the 1999 and the 2013 Creative Arts Renewal Fellowships. More information: https://www.bonnie-stahlecker.com/


Embossed Leather Journals with Secondary Tackets, a workshop with Bonnie Stahlecker


Members Only
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
and Sunday, March 11, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Santa Fe Community College, Fine Arts Building, Room 708

This workshop will focus on using leather as an expressionistic material for bookbinding by way of embossment. Leather has long since been employed as a covering material for books and its adaptability makes it ideal for this purpose. To take advantage of the tactile nature of the embossment, the instructor designed this elegant book structure using historical methods.

Participants will first cut a linocut of their own contemporary design that will be used as the embossing plate. Dampened goat leather, in a choice of colors, will be embossed with an etching press. After the leather is dry it will be enhanced with painting and other surface treatments before being formed into a semi-limp wrapper. The text block, sewn using the French link stitch, has a lined spine and over-sewn leather headbands. It is secured to the wrapper with secondary tackets. Other ways to make embossing plates will be discussed along with sources for the materials used.

The journals are 6½ by 4½ inches. Each participant will complete one journal during the workshop. While this workshop is open to all BAG members, prior skills in either bookbinding or linocut is helpful.
Fee of $225 includes a $50 materials fee. (This is a members-only workshop. Please send in your $30 membership fee with your registration if your membership is not current.) For an additional $10 you can receive a mini, non-leather version of the journal in a take-home kit if you wish to fortify the binding part of the lesson. Please note on your registration if you want one. Maximum students: 11. 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 January 8, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


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

Members Only
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 sheets of paper, then create layers with stencils (also with a thin layer of acrylic), rubber stamps/permanent ink, paint pens, permanent markers, etc. We will then apply paint to papier maché boxes. We will cut our decorated papers into strips and bind them 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, fabric, and paper; and a large selection of rubber stamps, ink pads, and stencils for use in class. Students will bring paint, paint pens (optional), and permanent markers, 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 laurawait@mac.com.


Book Arts and Printmaking: A Perfect Friendship, a presentation by Marci Ross Easterbrook

“One Language” 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

Members Only
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 laurawait@mac.com.


The Silk Road is the Paper Road and a Road to Books, a presentation by Jane M Farmer

Members Only
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom

A portion of the Silk and Paper Road, Khotan, Xinjiang, China, 2002.
A portion of the Silk and Paper Road, Khotan, Xinjiang, China, 2002.

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.