BAG Meeting on Saturday, April 8

Saturday, April 8, 2023, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT, via Zoom (online)
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome


  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Presentation and Make & Take by Shawn Sheehy (see below)
  • Upcoming Programs and Workshops by Julie Filatoff
  • Upcoming Salons by Gail Murray
  • Update on the Exploding Book Project at the New Mexico Museum of Art by Sally Blakemore
  • Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap Update by Ruth Anna “Annie” Abigail
  • Round Robin Art Journal Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • May Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • May Anything Goes Description by Linda Zwick
  • Community Announcements (calls for entry, upcoming exhibits and workshops, other highlights) by Attendees (2 minutes maximum, please)

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 check your email program’s “spam” or “junk” folder. Still not there? Email with your name and your email address.

Subtle Politics, Extravagant Medium: The Pop-Up Books of Shawn Sheehy

In this presentation, Shawn will talk about his work; about straddling artist books, trade publishing, workshop instruction, and directing a nonprofit; and about the alluring and enduring power of pop-up books.

Shawn will also lead us through a make and take. Download the pattern here, then:
1. Click here to download the pattern, then print it onto cardstock. (Feel free to print onto color stock, or hand-color your sheet.)
2. Collect your tools: Xacto knife, ruler, mat, scoring tool, strong craft glue.
3. Cut on all solid lines. Score on all dashed lines.
4. Await further instructions.

Shawn Sheehy creates artist books and other paper-engineered ephemera with an ecological bent. He dedicates his artistic practice to raising awareness of environmental issues and contemplating the cultural impacts of human/wild relationships. He uses paper-engineered structures to communicate those ideas because of their inherent potential to capture viewer attention and deliver messaging.

Then, three weeks later…an IN-PERSON WORKSHOP WITH SHAWN!

Animated Pop-Ups Workshop with Shawn Sheehy

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 10 am to 4 pm (with a break for lunch; nothing open on campus, please bring your lunch)
Santa Fe Community College, Room 700
$63 for BAG members; must be a member in good standing
PLUS $30 materials fee, payable to Shawn at the start of the workshop

Register at: (Please note: You MUST fill out the form on this page. Simply sending a check or paying via PayPal does NOT secure you a spot in this workshop. Please, please, please fill out the form!)

Pop-ups are dimensional and come to life when a page is turned. Movables are flat and come to life when a tab is pulled. Both strategies alone can animate a page; combining the two can make the animation even more exciting. In this workshop you will assemble and explore a variety of applied foundational structures for paper engineering, and you will bind the collected structures into a simple case. All skill levels are encouraged. Maximum of 15 students.

Materials Shawn will supply for the $30 per person fee:

  • 20 sheets (per person) of 8.5″ x 11″ 80-lb. cover stock, various colors, some of which will have patterns printed on them
  • 1 sheet of 12.5″ x 5.5″ 140-lb. cover stock
  • PVA adhesive
  • Glue cups
  • Double-stick tape
  • 12-page pattern set

Supply List (bring these tools):

  • Bonefolder
  • Ruler
  • Xacto knife/blades
  • Self-healing mat
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Microspatula (optional)
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Screw punch (optional)

Questions? Email