BAG Meeting This Saturday, August 14

Please note: For security reasons we never put the Zoom link on our website. If you did not receive an email from Santa Fe Book Arts Group with the link, please text 505-660-9942 with your name and your request.

Our next BAG member meeting is this Saturday, August 14, at 1 pm MT.


  • Welcome by President Linda Zwick
  • Art Journal Page Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • Presentation of the Letter W for Monthly Mail Art Exchange by Carol Pava
  • Basic Paper and Book Repair Overview by Mita Saldaña (see below)
  • Pop-Up Demonstration for “Origins in Mud” Project by Sally Blakemore

Mita Saldaña will give a talk and demonstrate some basic repair techniques for your book collections and artist books. We will cover tears in the center of a page as well as in the fold, and we will talk about how to avoid tearing pages as you sew.  Other problems covered will be loose pages, breaks in the text where you can see the spine material, torn inner hinges, and books with a “loose binding.” We will also discuss tools and materials to use including different types of paper and paste/glue. Please feel free to ask Mita questions you may have about specific books or problems.

A Chicago native, Mita Saldaña received her BA from Columbia College Chicago where she developed her jewelry making skills as a silversmith. After many years of working with the rigid and hard materials of her craft she discovered the softness and give of paper and everything changed. Returning to Columbia College’s brand-new Book and Paper department, she continued her education in the book arts.

Mita moved to New Mexico and opened Against the Grain Bookbindery. For over 25 years she has been repairing and restoring used and rare books, creating small editions, and teaching people how to make books, boxes, and the related arts. In the past she has taught regularly at the Hispanic Cultural Center, Santa Fe Community College, the Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque Academy, and private studios and numerous retail locations across the state. Her work has been exhibited in both Illinois and New Mexico and she is one of the founding members of Libros: New Mexico Book Arts Guild.