Upcoming Programs and Events

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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.


ADLaM: The Development of an Alphabet, a presentation by Randall Hasson

In conjunction with the New Mexico History Museum
Open to the Public; All are Welcome; Free
Friday, June 22, 2018, 6 to 7 pm
The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

It is not every day that a new alphabet is born, and the story of creating an alphabet, bringing the script into the digital world, and having it spread at an astounding rate is fascinating.

A serendipitous meeting between professional calligrapher Randall Hasson and Ibrahima Barry, one of two brothers who invented and implemented a unique alphabetic writing system in present day West Africa, is the topic of Mr. Hasson’s presentation about this particularly remarkable endeavor.

With background on the Fulani people and their history, Mr. Hasson’s presentation brings into focus brothers Abdoulaye and Ibrahima Barry from Guinea who, at the ages of 10 and 14 respectively, decided to create an alphabet for their almost wholly illiterate culture. The alphabet is called ADLaM after its first four letters, and is also an acronym for a phrase that translates to “the alphabet that will save a people from disappearing.”

From the creation of the original glyphs (characters) of the alphabet in 1994, to time spent in jail for publishing a newspaper opposed by the government, to teaching methodology for the people, to present-day encoding, the Barry brothers’ story is an amazing account of how this newly created writing system has developed literacy among a widespread people-group of sub-Saharan Africa. This isn’t 3,000-year-old history, but a living, vibrant, and vital movement in our present time.


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.


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.


A Presentation by Bill Kemp

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, September 14, 7 pm to 9 pm


A Workshop with Bill Kemp

Members Only
Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501


A Presentation by Katya Reka

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm
Venue to be Announced


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.