Upcoming Programs and Events

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Illustrations and Children’s Books, a presentation by Tricia Tusa

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Click here for map; see tan building, West Wing)

Children’s book author and illustrator Tricia Tusa will speak on 37 years of bookmaking, during which she has published more than 40 books and has received numerous awards and honors. Tricia will take the audience through her own process, including the ups and downs.

In addition to making books, Tricia makes and sells handmade ceramics and sewn things. Some of her work can be seen on her website, http://www.triciatusa.com/


In Place, a presentation by Dorothy Caldwell

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Click here for map; see tan building, West Wing)

In this presentation Dorothy Caldwell will speak about her work, the land, and how we come to know “place.” She will share her experiences working onsite, in remote locations, where a personal sense of place is arrived at through walking, gathering, touching, and recording. These onsite explorations provide a basis for large-scale textile works created back in the studio.

The vocabulary is drawn from textile traditions that speak to the everyday such as stitching, darning, mending, and patching. “I approach my cloth as something that needs to be repaired,” says Dorothy. “Like the marks on the landscape, these processes encode a sense of time and history.”

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Dorothy is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and presently maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario, Canada. She has carried out research projects in Japan and India, and has worked onsite in the Australian outback and the Canadian Arctic. She is the recipient of grants and awards including the Bronfman Award, given annually to one Canadian craftsperson. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the American Museum of Art and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at the University of Nebraska; the Canadian Consulate, Bangkok, Thailand; and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Department of External Affairs, among others. Visit http://dorothycaldwell.com/.


Intermediate Book Arts: Skewer Book, a workshop with Pam MacKellar

Open to BAG members. Presented in partnership with New Mexico Center for the Book.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)

The Skewer Book with Pam MacKellar will introduce you to a simple yet versatile binding based on Daniel Kelm’s Wire Edge Binding. The Skewer Book consists of board-like pages bound together with a series of knots tied to bamboo skewers. The pages of this book lie flat and serve as blank canvases, inviting you create by incorporating your own ideas: art, text, collage, decorative papers, and colored threads with embellishments. Materials are included; however, participants are encouraged to bring their own papers, artwork, text or collage materials to create their own unique work of book art. Basic bookbinding skills are required.

Fee: $60 which includes materials. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $60, payable to BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594, postmarked no earlier than February 1, 2019. For more information, contact Pam MacKellar pmackellar182@gmail.com.

Pam earned a BFA in ceramics and exhibited her hand-built, one-of-a-kind, sculptural work in galleries and fine craft shows nationally. For 10 years she has been making artist books, and more recently prints. Pam has studied art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Santa Fe Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, and the University of New Mexico. Her artist books have been exhibited in shows and galleries in the United States. She also teaches book arts classes at the University of New Mexico Department of Continuing Education. You can see her work at http://pamonpaper.com/


Maternal Mitochondria, a presentation by Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 1 pm to 3 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Click here for map; see tan building, West Wing)

The collaborative mother/daughter duo of writer Miriam Sagan and multi-media artist Isabel Winson-Sagan will share their projects. These include an art/poetry trail off of Route 14, a collaborative public art piece in the Santa Fe Railyard, a video, an installation piece in an ancient silo in Japan, renga, and numerous geocaches. Their meditative studio practice is based on a contemporary version of suminagashi, Japanese style marbling, and free writing. In addition to showing images and discussing their process, Miriam and Isabel will have samples of their work and some free giveaway broadsides and books.

Isabel Winson-Sagan holds a B.A. in religious studies from the University of New Mexico. She is currently studying intermedia fine arts at Santa Fe Community College. Her two books, in collaboration with poet Miriam Sagan, are the e-book Swimming in Reykjavik (The Moon Press) and Spilled Ink, for which she did the typography and design. Isabel has been a resident at numerous locations including Studio Kura in Japan, Wildacres in North Carolina, Herekeke Arts Center in New Mexico, and SIM House in Iceland. Her website is http://isabelws.com.

Miriam Sagan is the author of more than 25 books of poetry, memoir, and fiction. Her recent collection Seven Places in America includes residencies in the Everglades National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Andrews Experimental Forest, THE LAND/an art site, and Stone Quarry Art Park. She has also been in residence in a trailer at the edge of a bombing range in Great Basin with Center for Land Use Interpretation and at Gullkistan in Iceland. She has received the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for excellence in the arts and a Poetry Gratitude award from New Mexico Literary Arts. She founded and ran the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico until her retirement in 2016. She blogs at Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com).

More information about Miriam and Isabel’s collaborative work can be found at http://ninthletter.com/sagan and at http://maternalmitochondria.com.


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Suminagashi & Poetry, a workshop with Miriam Sagan and Isabel Winson-Sagan

BAG Members Only
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)

This workshop will teach each participant to create suminagashi, Japanese-inspired marbling on paper. We will work with low-impact materials—water trays, ink, and inexpensive paper. We will also create poetry based on “weathergrams”—short poems about the environment and our inner selves. The workshop will be structured so that text and marbling can be combined for a final product. You will have pieces to take home that can be collaged, used in bookmaking, or hung as ephemera to weather out into the atmosphere. All materials will be provided, but here is an overview if you want supplies to continue this practice—https://maternalmitochondria.com/2018/09/26/what-is-suminagashi/

Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $75. To register, send a check for $75 payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than March 8, 2019. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board Meeting

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome*
Friday, June 14, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, NM; Small Conference Room (room may change if bank needs to do so)

*Please RSVP to BAG President Barb Macks at least one week prior to the meeting date so that we may accommodate for the size of the group: barbmacks@gmail.com


Body Language: Paper Garments and Wearable Books, a presentation by Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, July 19, 2019, 7 pm
Santa Fe Community College Boardroom (Click here for map; see tan building, West Wing)

Through images and stories, Minnesota artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen discusses the development of her artistic practice. Regarding her paper garments, Rasmussen has stated, “I used clothing as subject matter because it allows me a ground on which to investigate identity and corporeality. My garments can encompass narrative qualities, illustrate and dissolve bodily fears, or act as talismanic devices to protect myself and loved ones from physical injury or psychological harm.” Regarding her books, she has said, “I began making books when a figurative painter-friend started portraying her female characters in giant Flemish ruffs. At first it was just a technical challenge. But I soon learned that bookmaking had the potential to incorporate sculptural methods and harbor meaningful content.” In addition to addressing the conceptual aspects of her work, Rasmussen also discusses her embellishing techniques with non-archival media.

Erica is an artist who creates handmade paper garments and small editions of hand-bound books. She received her BFA and MFA at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), which included coursework in Mexico and Greece. Rasmussen is a recipient of the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award and various grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board (1999, 2015, 2018). Other professional highlights include a papermaking residency in Vienna, Austria (2010), a solo exhibition in Mexico City, Mexico (2012), and two bookbinding residencies in Venice, Italy (2016, 2018). Her work has been featured in such magazines as FiberArts, Surface Design Journal, American Craft, and Hand Papermaking. Rasmussen teaches studio arts as a full professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her artwork is exhibited internationally, and it resides in such collections as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Minnesota History Center, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum (Hollywood, California), and the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense (Milan, Italy). Visit https://ericaspitzerrasmussen.com/


From Bubble Wrap to Bottle Caps: Embellishing Handmade Paper with Everyday Media, a two-day workshop with Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Members Only
Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)

 

This two-day workshop features low-tech methods for surfacing paper with inexpensive and commonplace materials. Among other things, dental floss, Band-Aids, red wine, beet juice, rusty washers, tomato paste, fire, and instant cocoa can provide surprisingly beautiful results. Students will be encouraged to paint, stitch, stencil, and laminate an odd assortment of supplies into decorative designs that can be applied to their bookmaking practice. Experiments will be compiled into a pamphlet-stitch swatchbook that documents the various media and techniques explored in class.

Students are asked to bring two tubes or bottles of acrylic paint, a blow dryer or heat gun, and wear messy clothes. Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $175. To register, send a check for $175 payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than March 8, 2019. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Introduction to Book Arts Series with Pam MacKellar

Members Only
Three Saturdays: August 3, 10, and 17, 2019, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)
Presented in partnership with New Mexico Center for the Book

Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar is a series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists. These classes are designed for people who have no experience in bookbinding or those who would like to review some simple structures and techniques. Having the foundational skills and knowledge will give you confidence to take more challenging classes and learn more advanced book structures in the future. Knowing the basics will help you express yourself artistically in a book format.

Week 1: Folding, Gluing, Tools, and Terms. You will learn basic folding and gluing techniques, how to cover boards, following folding diagrams, tools to include in a basic bookbinding toolkit, and some basic bookbinding terms. You will make 2-3 folded structures; for example, a single-sheet book, an accordion book with pocket, and a diamond-fold book.

Week 2: Punching and Sewing. You will learn how to determine hole placement, make hole templates, punch holes for sewing, follow sewing diagrams, and the basic pamphlet stitches. You will make 2-3 sewn structures; for example, a 3-hole pamphlet book, a 5-hole pamphlet book, and a Japanese stab binding.

Week 3: “Unbound” Structures. You will learn 1-2 non-traditional book structures using the skills you have already learned; for example, a flag book and tunnel book. You will be encouraged to think about how to express your ideas in the book structures you have learned using basic bookmaking techniques.

“Pam is a terrific teacher. She’s patient, answers questions, appreciates students’ efforts, and…has a sense of humor.” Comments from student in 2018 class

Fee: $135 for the series, which includes the materials fee. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $135, payable to BAG, PO Box 33691, Santa Fe, NM 87594, postmarked no earlier than May 1, 2019. For more information, contact Pam MacKellar at pmackellar182@gmail.com.


Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board Meeting

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome*
Friday, September 13, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, NM; Small Conference Room (room may change if bank needs to do so)

*Please RSVP to BAG President Barb Macks at least one week prior to the meeting date so that we may accommodate for the size of the group: barbmacks@gmail.com


Markmaking and the Drum Leaf Binding, a workshop with Laura Wait

Members Only
Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room; Click here for map; see blue building, Fine Arts Center)

Students will develop handwriting and marks to use as content and image. On the first day participants will start with loose forms and unusual tools to bring handwriting, letterforms, and repetition into painted manuscript pages. You’ll use markmaking exercises, intuitive work practices, and alternative tools for writing to help develop the use of word forms to incorporate into your art and books. You’ll use basic content derivation using lists of words to create your own painting, which can be used as a flat page or a folio in a book.

Participants will learn the techniques that Laura uses in her own art, which have evolved from printmaking and artists’ books to abstract painting on panels. These methods help you find a place to start. We will work primarily with sumi ink and watercolors. Tools will include brushes, sticks, pens, and whatever else you can devise. Texts may be nonsense or lists of related words.

On the second day we will work with the manuscript pages to make drum leaf books, a binding of a series of single, one-sided pages. The form is excellent for work that is one-sided and expands across a two-page spread. We’ll use painted cloth that you make in class for covers with the intention of conceptually integrating the cover and the interior content. Our ultimate goal will be the creation of a unique work of art in book form.

You’ll receive BFK Rives paper, markmaking tools of all sorts, a selection of water-soluble pencils, inks, and all bookbinding materials for use in class.

Laura Wait lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is married with one son, one dog, and two cats, and she grows lots of organic vegetables. She is currently an abstract painter working with acrylics and letterforms who exhibits her work at galleries throughout the United States. Born in Canada, Laura grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She received a BA cum laude in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. After college Laura lived in Los Angeles and studied lithography and drawing at Otis Art Institute. She went to London to study printmaking and bookbinding at Croydon College of Art for five years. Laura had her own bookbinding and conservation business for 23 years before shifting to concentrate on painting and artists’ books. She has been teaching art on the page for about years.

Maximum students: 12. Cost: $175 including materials fee. 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 August 1, 2019. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


Annual BAG Art Flea Market
in Conjunction with the Palace Press

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome
Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm
Meem Room of the Palace of the Governors

Details to follow.


Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board Meeting

Open to the Public; All Are Welcome*
Friday, December 13, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin Street, Santa Fe, NM; Small Conference Room (room may change if bank needs to do so)

*Please RSVP to BAG President Barb Macks at least one week prior to the meeting date so that we may accommodate for the size of the group: barbmacks@gmail.com