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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.

Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar: A series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists

Members Only
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 laurawait@mac.com.

Handwriting Lives! One Man’s Journey to an Advanced Certificate of Penmanship, a presentation by Bill Kemp

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, September 14, 6 pm to 8 pm
New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

During the golden age of penmanship (1860-1930), before the typewriter, becoming a Master Penman was the path to a successful career and the high regard of friends and colleagues.  Businesses required competent penmen for purposes of managing records, writing policies, and executing certificates. Many continued their craft by teaching penmanship throughout the country.  Today there are only 11 individuals who bear the title “Master Penman,” and one of them is Bill Kemp who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In this lecture Bill will describe the progression of perfecting his letterforms to a level of excellence that would pass rigorous scrutiny by the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting, or IAMPETH.  The long, arduous process culminated in Bill creating his own “Certificate of Merit,” completed in his most skillfully penned letterforms for the final stage of the process.

Pointed Endeavors: Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy, a workshop with Bill Kemp

Members Only
Saturday, September 15, 9 am to 4 pm
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (enter on Washington Street)

This one-day workshop is the perfect introduction to calligraphy and the pointed pen, and also an extension of the experienced calligrapher’s repertoire. Participants will be introduced to ink and the oblique pen holder, using the pointed nib to create the thick and thin lines of “Engrosser’s Script.” These strokes will lead to the creation of compound curves and flourishes that are lots of fun and can enhance any style of hand lettering.

Bill will provide an instruction manual and paper for each participant. Participants will need to bring three items:

  1. One Nikko G nib (item #N113), $1.55
  2. One Peerless/Ziller Oblique Holder (Item #H48), $13.50
  3. One bottle of McCafferey’s Penman’s Ink (Item #I37), $7.75

All three of these supplies are available from John Neal Bookseller (johnnealbooks.com) and their item numbers are in parentheses after the item (above). If you would like to be part of a group order for these items, please send $25 extra with your check,  also payable to BAG. This will save on shipping and convenience.

To register, send a check for $80, payable to BAG (or $105 total if you want to order the three items above), to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than July 1, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.

Design, Garden, Fiber, a presentation by Katya Reka

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom

Katya Reka is a book and fiber artist, graphic designer, and educator. She plays with words and materials to find and expose the poetic connections between body and nature. The interconnectedness of beings, plants, and the environment—and their resilience, fragility, finality, and cyclical nature—are the constant fascination and driving force behind her work. Katya’s work explores the handmade and the digital, integrating book arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography, and textiles. The presentation will describe her creative journey, including the influences of places, plants, people, and materials. Katya will also bring samples of materials and books for the audience to touch and look at.

Katya Reka was born in Ukraine. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and is represented in collections across the United States and Europe. Katya earned a Master’s of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Indiana University–Bloomington and has taught Graphic Design and Media Arts at New Mexico State University. She currently lives in Santa Fe and runs the creative services studio and handmade paper mill Nomadic Circus with her husband Gatis Cirulis. More information: http://www.katyareka.com.

Text and Textiles: The Use of Felt and Other Textiles in Bookbinding, a workshop with Katya Reka

Members Only
Sunday, October 14, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room)

This one-day workshop is designed for people with some bookbinding experience; no textile knowledge is necessary. Students will learn a variation of binding on cords and be introduced to the use of textiles in bookbinding in a creative and experimental way. Participants will create two books using paper and wool felt. During the workshop, participants will bind a practice book and a full-size text block. Students will learn how to make felt fabric by hand using wool and water. The cover felt fabric will be embellished with embroidery. Katya will instruct students on how to attach the cover to the final text block. Students’ newfound knowledge of how to create felt fabric, decorate it, and attach it to the text block will allow them to experiment with various textures, fabrics, and formats in future creative bookbinding.


Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $75 including materials. To register, send a check for $75 (payable to BAG) to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than August 15, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com. A short tool list will be sent upon registration.

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group and the Palace Press Present the Annual Art Flea Market

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, November 10, 2018 (subject to change; check back on this page)
Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors, 110 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Details on the sale and the process for vending will be posted here soon.

Annual BAG Holiday Party

Members Only
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Room

More details soon.