Upcoming Programs and Events

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Book Arts Group Annual Year-End Meeting & Silent Auction

Members Only

Saturday, December 2, 2017; 1 to 3 pm

Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College (in the main building, just past the cafeteria)

Chat with your fellow BAG members. See what the In Over My Head groups have been up to this year, and sign up for 2018 IOMH groups. Eat delicious nibbles. Swoon over the collaborative books. Celebrate!

You can also buy the companion book for “Portable Magic: The Art of the Book” at the year-end meeting ($20/copy). Supplies are limited!


The Traveler’s Notebook, a salon with Cyn Leespring and Julie Filatoff

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 1 pm to 5 pm
At the home/studio of Julie Filatoff in Santa Fe (SFCC area)
Minimum students: 4. Maximum students: 8.
$30 (includes lots of supplies)

Calling all planner people! Let’s start the new year by creating our own versions of a Traveler’s Notebook (TN). Cyn and Julie’s versions use non-leather covers (less expensive and vegan!).

If the Traveler’s Notebook is new to you, please read this post:
http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/2017/04/midori-travelers-notebook-system/

You can use your TN as a planner, sketchbook, journal, art journal, scrapbook, study guide, and so much more. Thanks to easily changeable inserts, you can use your TN for more than one purpose.

Questions? Please contact Julie Filatoff, julie@jirafstudio.com, or Cyn Leespring, cynleespring@gmail.com.

We’ll send out a supply list as we get closer. We’re honored that you’re starting 2018 with us!


Producing Two Books: Pied Beauty, a presentation by Elizabeth McKee

Pied Beauty 2 by Elizabeth McKee
Pied Beauty 2 by Elizabeth McKee

Members Only

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Elizabeth McKee will present a talk and slide show about the process of producing two books, both titled Pied Beauty, neither of which would have existed without the other.

Pied Beauty 1 by Elizabeth McKee

Beth is an award-winning book artist. Her nomad’s life has carried her from New Guinea to Australia, Iowa, Japan, Zambia, Canada, Malaysia, Florida, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Maryland, Russia, and Albuquerque. Not exactly in that order. In August 2015 she moved to Albuquerque, where she intends to put down deep roots. She discovered calligraphy in Japan in 1970. Was happy to rediscover it in English in 1980. She took her first bookbinding class in 1983 at the international calligraphy convention in Chicago. In 1984 she helped establish the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa and was made an honorary life member in 1990. Her books are included in the collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Harvard’s Houghton Library, Queen’s University’s Douglas Library (Kingston, Ontario), the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bowdoin College’s Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and private collections around the world. Finished books can be viewed on her website http://60by62.com.


Passion, Creativity, and the Artist’s Book, a presentation by Marilyn Chambers

Members Only

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1 pm to 3 pm

Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Main Building)

Marilyn will talk about her the books she has made and present slides of that work. She will also bring many artist’s books from her own collection. This will morph into a roundtable discussion about creativity. The intention is to open new paths for everyone to explore different ways to jumpstart their own process. Marilyn will provide a list of resources and several ideas to get people started. Feel free to bring lots of questions!

Book arts has been a focus of Marilyn Chambers’ art for the last 12 years. She was a production weaver in the 1980s through the 1990s and found herself in Santa Fe for several months without a loom. Santa Fe Community College had no weaving classes but offered a class in book arts. Marilyn became enamored with the medium, immersing herself in the class and searching out other teachers across the United States with which to study. She has also been a student of book arts at the American Academy of Book Binding in Telluride, Colorado. Her books are in collections in California, Washington D.C., Boston, and Oregon. Marilyn retired from teaching at SFCC after nine years. She has been very active in the Santa Fe Book Arts Group and served as the program coordinator of over a decade.


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

Venue to be Announced

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

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

Venue to be Announced

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 Book Arts Room

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.