Magic Wallet Workshop with Bettina Pauly on September 17

Magic Wallet Workshop with Bettina Pauly

The Magic Wallet: a Workshop with Bettina Pauly

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 1 pm to 3 pm MT, via Zoom (online)
Suitable for beginner to advanced students, but you MUST be a current Santa Fe BAG member
$29 (see payment options below–check or PayPal); must be received by September 12, 2022

The Magic Wallet is one of those oddities related to a möbius strip. Its form is used in many actual wallets and you can make a quick-and-dirty version with two cards and two rubber bands. The magic is that when you place a dollar (or a flexible piece of paper) into the wallet and close and open it, the straps will have wrapped the bill behind them. As you open the wallet from one side and then the other, the bill will appear to move from side to side. If you make the straps from paper or ribbon with a different color on each side, you will see that you are seeing successive sides of the straps as you open and close the wallet. This makes it a useful vehicle for content which can appear and disappear (like magic!).

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Bettina Pauly studied at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco) in the Book Arts and Letterpress program under Chris Rolik and Macy Chadwick. In addition she took classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book, taught by Mary Laird, Kumi Korf, and Julie Chen.

Bettina lives in San Francisco as a book artist and works as a letterpress printer with Kim Vanderheiden at Painted Tongue Studios in Oakland, California. She teaches book arts and letterpress classes at the Academy of Art University and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She loves books and boxes both as physical objects and as containers of meaning, and is interested in a variety of folded, sewn, and woven structures in which she can incorporate her printing. Bettina was part of “Al-Mutanabbi Street starts here,” contributing a broadside and an artist book, and spoke at the opening of that exhibition in 2016 in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Hand Bookbinders of California, the Movable Book Society, and the Book Club of California. View her work at

Please register as soon as possible! We will email the supply list after receipt of payment. Register HERE.