Altered Book Workshop with Cynthia Leespring

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10 am to 4 pm (with a break for lunch)
Santa Fe Community College, Room 700
$62.40 for BAG and Libros members; must be a member of either organization to participate
No materials fee; all supplies included

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In this all-day workshop you will create an altered book in either a vintage or grimoire style. A grimoire, pronounced grim-WAHR, is a book of secrets, magical style. Beginning with a recycled book, you will add bits and bobs, scraps and lace, vintage papers, and natural objects to create a one-of-a-kind art piece that you can display on the wall or a book stand. Cynthia will have extra packets of each style (vintage and magical) if you would like to try the alternative at home. All materials will be supplied, but feel free to bring small items, images, papers, lace, sticks, seeds—anything you might use to personalize your book. After you have registered, we will email a list of tools. The workshop is limited to 10 people.

Cynthia Leespring is a northern New Mexico artist who has created in many media, but she always comes back to fiber and paper: fiber for blending, spinning, and knitting; paper for creating one-of-a-kind journals and artist’s books. Cyn often blends the two in mixed-media creations. Her art centers on her interests in history, nature, magic, women, and her favorite Muse, the Moon. More of her work is on Pinterest (, Instagram (, and Facebook (