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Introduction to Book Arts Series with Pam MacKellar

Members $135; non-members $165 (which includes BAG membership through 2019)
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 for the series: $135 for members, $165 for non-members (which includes BAG membership through 2019).  Fee includes materials. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $135 or $165, 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.


Opening Reception for “No Library Card Needed”

Free; Open to the Public; All Are Welcome
Friday, September 6, 2019, from 4 pm to 6 pm
New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda Gallery, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

The New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation, a non-profit corporation that operates the State Capitol Museum in the State Capitol building, has invited the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG) to exhibit its work in the museum’s Capitol Rotunda Gallery. This will be our eighth show at the Capitol Rotunda Gallery and is entitled “No Library Card Needed.” An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 4 pm to 6 pm, and the show will conclude on Friday, December 13, 2019. The show will be juried and curated by Dr. Cynthia Sanchez, Executive Director of the Capitol Art Foundation.


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

BAG Members: $175. Non-Members: $205 (includes BAG membership through 2019)
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, including materials fee: $175 for BAG members, $205 for non-members (includes BAG membership through 2019). 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

Free; 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

To participate as a seller (BAG members): Please email Andrea Cypress beginning 6 am on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at amcypress@msn.com to reserve your table. She will confirm your reservation via email and will send additional instructions and information. This is not a garage sale. It is an art event that is anticipated by BAG members, the art community as a whole, and visitors to Santa Fe. Please only sell art-related items as noted below.

BAG’s Annual Art Flea Market, in conjunction with the Palace Press at the Palace of the Governors, is a great place to find new treasures! You never know exactly what you’ll find, but in the past we’ve seen any and all art supplies or tools that one would use to make 2 or 3D art, to display art, or be inspired to make art. This includes (but is not limited to):

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  • Handmade papers
  • Ephemera
  • Paints, pastels, pencils
  • Brushes, palette knives
  • Tools
  • Boxes
  • Interesting rusty things
  • Rubber stamps
  • Fabrics
  • Yarn
  • Books about art techniques or artists
  • Art or art supply storage items
  • Frames and mats
  • And of course original artwork by BAG members.

No admittance prior to 10 am. You’ll find a jolly crowd lined up outside prior to that. Invite your friends!


Annual Holiday Party

Members Only
Date to be determined (probably a Saturday in early December 2019)
Venue to be determined

Check back for more details.


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


February Japanese Paper Arts Extravaganza with Linda Marshall and Madeleine Durham

Inspired by Washi: 1400+ Years of Sustainable Paper Making, a presentation by Linda Marshall of Washi Arts

Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, February 14, 2020, 7 pm
Santa Fe Community College (room TBD)

Wa = Japanese and shi = paper | washi = Japanese paper

People don’t realize how strong, versatile, long-lasting, and sustainable washi really is. It may look fragile, but it’s deceiving. How many crafts or artforms are still practiced the way they were 1,400 years ago?

Washi is more than paper. It is a material that does not have a direct comparison in the Western world. It has many textile-like qualities. It has traditional uses that seem unfathomable to our perception of paper but are magic in the hands of artists.

Japanese artisan craftsman have been handmaking gorgeous sheets of paper from sustainable fibers that have inspired artists for hundreds of years.

In this presentation you’ll learn about the history of these beautiful papers and what makes them different from Western papers. Explore how to use washi in your artwork, hear about the state of Japanese papermaking today, and learn why classical artists such as Rembrandt and contemporary artists like Jacob Hashimoto seek out and treasure these special papers for their work.

The presentation will include photos and videos from Japanese artisan studios, and modern and historic examples of artwork and artist books using washi. You’ll leave inspired by the potential and the range of Japanese papers for your own work—whether you are a book artist, binder, printmaker, paper artist, conservator, printer or fine artist (or all of the above).

Linda will have a selection of unique Japanese papers for sale before and after the presentation.

Two Workshops with Linda Marshall of Washi Arts and Madeleine Durham of Madeleine’s Paste Papers

BAG member Madeleine Durham has created a unique style of manipulating Jin Shofu wheat starch paste and Golden acrylics to create fabulous patterns and imagery on paper. Her business—Madeleine’s Paste Papers—has become an admired and respected provider of innovative papers in the book, lettering, and printing communities. http://www.madeleinedurham.com/

Linda Marshall’s company, Washi Arts, sells a wide range of Japanese paper tools and supplies and is undergirded with her passion for information, education, and inspiration. https://www.washiarts.com/

In 2015 Madeleine and Linda met at the Codex International Book Fair in Richmond, California, where they were table-neighbors in the exhibit area. Since then they’ve met up several times a year at various book arts and calligraphy conferences. Last summer Madeleine taught two workshops in Blaine, Washington, where Washi Arts is located, and Linda supported her workshop with a range of unique Japanese papers that further enhanced Madeleine’s techniques.

Now they’ll be co-teaching a Washi Workshop Weekend. Linda will teach on day one and on day two, students will explore Madeleine’s unique techniques on a range of papers, while applying the knowledge of washi learned from Linda on day one.

Please note: In order for more people to take advantage of these special events, they will be offered as separate workshops, with the option to take either or both.

Paper Voodoo: Transforming Japanese Paper with Konnyaku, a workshop with Linda Marshall

Members $85, non-members $115 (includes BAG membership through 2020) plus material fee of $30 payable to the instructor
Saturday, February 15, 2020, time TBD
Santa Fe Community College Fine Arts Room

Konnyaku is the powdered root of a perennial plant in Japan known by any of several names, including voodoo lily, snake palm, elephant yam, and devil’s tongue. Konnyaku softens and strengthens Japanese papers, giving them a cloth-like consistency and some waterproofing.

On day one of this workshop we’ll be applying konnyaku to a range of Japanese washi/paper for use as cloth, collage, sculpture, and interesting book forms. We’ll also be exploring the potential to add pattern and texture to papers using various formation tools in conjunction with konnyaku. Learn traditional techniques for modern artwork. Learn about and work with a wonderful range of Japanese washi including: kyoseishi, momigami, mingei, unryu, handmade kozo, handmade iron-oxide mitsumata, chiyogami/yuzen, katazome-shi, shoji paper, and other special and hard-to-source papers. During day one of this weekend workshop, participants will learn more about the paper they will be working with for paste papers the second day.

Part 1: The workshop will start off with a brief overview of Japanese paper (what makes it different from Western paper and various types of washi) and many examples of items made using washi + konnyaku for inspiration.

Part 2: Learn how to prepare and use konnyaku to make momigami (kneaded) paper. We’ll create an impressive range of treated papers with textures and pattern set by the starch, and learn how to use konnyaku as sizing for various media, and as a light adhesive for collage. Participants will leave with a good range of samples for reference and inspiration. The day will ensure all are comfortable with preparing and applying konnyaku to different papers, and troubleshoot studio issues preparing konnyaku.

Part 3: We’ll use papers created in the workshop to make a simple book structure to contain the konnyaku-treated paper samples as well as paper samples from Sunday’s paste paper workshop.

Washi Workshop: Paste Paper Techniques on Japanese Paper

Members $92, non-members $122 (includes BAG membership through 2020) plus material fee of $36 payable to the instructor
Sunday, February 16, 2020, time TBD
Santa Fe Community College Fine Arts Room

Over the course of the workshop, attendees will work with (and learn about) handmade and machine-made Japanese papers in a range of fibers and weights.

You will learn the brush technique that Madeleine has developed over the last several years. You will learn what kind of brushes work best and how to hold them so that you create a variety of lines, shapes, and patterns. You will also learn a couple of tricks for blending colors. You will leave the class with a basic knowledge and ability to create straight lines, wavy lines, subtle blending techniques, and geometric patterns. Madeleine’s paste paper technique is delightfully spontaneous.

If you are a first-timer taking Madeleine’s workshop, you’ll have the extra bonus of learning about a range of new papers. If you’ve already taken her workshop, this is a good chance to build on the techniques you’ve learned, and discover new effects on different papers.

Registration: Class size is limited to 12 participants per workshop. Please send in a separate check for each workshop, even if you wish to take both days. We will have a lottery. Please mark which day is your first choice. (See prices above.) All check payable to BAG, and mailed to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than December 2, 2019. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.


A Life in Letterpress, a presentation by Mary Laird

Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome
Friday, April 3, 2020, 7 pm
Venue TBD

Mary Risala Laird joined Perishable Press Limited in 1969 and ran it with Walter Hamady for 15 years. Mary and Walter published 90 books together during that time. For over two decades, Ms. Laird has taught letterpress classes and workshops at major institutions and centers across the country including San Francisco State University, Naropa University, and the San Francisco Center for the Book, where she was also a board member. She also works with private clients in her home print shop and considers herself a “book doula.” Since 1969, Ms. Laird has printed as Quelquefois Press with a focus on poetry editions. Her work is in many collections across the country, including Stanford, University of California Berkeley, the Library of Congress, University of Wisconsin Madison, the British Library, Yale University, University of Washington, and University of California. Mary has an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has three grown children, lives in Berkeley with her husband John Malork, and is a member of the Sufi community.

Design and Print a Chapbook in Two Days, a workshop with Mary Laird

Members $220, non-members $250 (includes BAG membership through 2020); includes materials
Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, 2020, 9 am to 4:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College Book Arts Studio, Room 710

This workshop is open to students with all levels of printing experience. Students will learn how to use a Vandercook letterpress and how to set, lay out, and print books on the press. We will print and assemble a group chapbook, and each student will receive three copies. By using a four-up and two-up format, students will be able to create a single-signature, 12-page book by printing on only two sheets of paper (simplifying the number of runs and the editioning process). This system can also be used to create individual signatures that could be used in a fine binding.

On the first day we will learn the fundamentals of typesetting on a letterpress. When taught well, typesetting is a joy, and there will be much fun to be had! Students are asked to bring some favorite haikus or four- to six-line verses from poems, which we will assemble into a Dadaesque poetry book. We will also incorporate images to be printed on the press. Students will proof their copy and prepare ink colors.

On the second day, students will print their book according to the dummy made the first day with proper page setup and layout on the press. Each student will print three copies of the book. We will then assemble the book with a pamphlet stitch. The components of the book will include a half title, title, text, colophon, and printed cover.

Mary will also demonstrate a few methods of pressure printing that students can practice in the future for backgrounds and covers.

Registration: Class limited to 8 participants. To register, send a check payable to BAG to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than January 17, 2020. For more information, contact Laura Wait at laurawait@mac.com.