BAG Meeting This Saturday, January 14

Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Overview of Programs for 2023 by Julie Filatoff
  • Junk Journal Workshop Reminder by Chauncey Foster of we.grow.eco
  • Overview of Planning for Exhibits of Members’ Works in 2023 and 2023 by Will Karp
  • Update on the Santa Fe Origins Project by Sally Blakemore
  • Upcoming Salon Offerings by Gail Murray
  • Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • February Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • February Anything Goes Description by Linda Zwick
  • Slideshow of Images Submitted by Participants in the 2022 Mail Art and Anything Goes Challenges
  • 1-minute Comments from Attendees: “What My Focus is Going to be This Year”
  • 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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Monthly Art Challenges Announced

Mail Art–12 in ’23: Color

Each month you will create a 4×6 postcard (using cardstock) that focuses on one color.

Then email Linda Zwick (lindazwick55@yahoo.com) with your address before the third Saturday of the month. She will email you the name and address of your recipient the next week.

You have the entire month to work on your card. Please mail it to your mail art recipient by the end of the month. (For example, if you sign up in December for the January mail art, please mail your card by the end of January.)

Also email a photograph of your card to BAG (santafebag@gmail.com). These images will be used on social media, the BAG website, and occasional BAG slideshows. If you would prefer not to have your card exhibited in any of these venues, please just skip sending in an image.

Anything Goes! Adventures in Art: Famous Artists

Create a piece of art, any size, shape, and with whatever materials you choose.

There is no assigned exchange involved in this project, so send to anyone you like or keep for yourself.

Please photograph and email an image of your creation to BAG (santafebag@gmail.com) by the end of the next month. As with Mail Art, your image may be used on social media, the BAG website, and for a Zoom presentation. Emailing an image serves as your permission for BAG to use this photo of your art.

BAG President Linda Zwick has given us a challenge. Create a piece of art of any kind (no limitations on size or structure), send to friends and family if you like, and send a photo to santafebag@gmail.com (for posting on the website and social media, and inclusion in a likely future slideshow at a BAG membership meeting). The themes are just suggestions; create whatever suits your fancy!

Click the links below to see examples of the artists’ work.

January

January 28 is Jackson Pollock’s birth anniversary. Experiment with poured paint and spatter!

February

In February 2022, Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera died at age 106, having worked in relative anonymity until age 89. Experiment with abstract geometric shapes.

March

In March 1891, Georges Seurat died at the age of 31. Following his lead, experiment with techniques he devised: chromoluminarism and pointillism, or use Conte crayon to draw on rough surfaced paper.

April

Lyubov Popova was a Russian avant-garde artist. This month, try your hand at Suprematist art, that is, focus on pure artistic feeling rather than on visual depiction of objects.

May

Barbara Kruger is a contemporary artist most well known for her collage style consisting of black-and-white photographs overlaid with declarative captions. Suggestion: create a collage of an image overlaid with text.

June

M.C. Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. As noted in Wikipedia, “his work features mathematical objects and operations including impossible objects, explorations of infinity…truncated and stellated polyhedra, hyberolic geometry, and tessellations.” Suggestion: create an exploration of infinity or mathematical objects.

July

Chuck Close was a visual artist, photographer, painter, and printmaker who made many abstract portraits of himself and others. He is known for many styles of artwork, including tapestry portraits and portraits made of many miniature photographs. Suggestion: play with a portrait or self-portrait with a unique design.

August

We all, I bet, know of Andy Warhol, who was a leading figure in the pop art movement. Suggestion: step away from fine art and experiment with imagery from popular culture, that is, focus on a mundane image from an ironic view.

September

Alma Thomas became known for “exuberant, colorful abstract paintings” (per Wikipedia). She had a long career teaching art and did not become a professional artist until about age 68. About this time, she developed a style of pointillism using dramatic contrasts of colors in a mosaic style; most of her works have circular, horizonal, or vertical patterns.  Suggestion: experiment with contrasting colors in mosaic configurations.

October

John Dwyer McLaughlin was an abstract painter and a pioneer in minimalism and “hard edge” painting, in which abrupt changes occur between color areas that are often of unvarying shades. This style of paining is related to color field painting (see December challenge). Suggestion: create an image of bold shapes and strong colors.

November

Margarete Bagshaw was born in November 1964. She died (an untimely death) in 2015. She was a member of Santa Clara Pueblo; her grandmother Pablita Velarde and her mother Helen Hardin were both famous New Mexico artists. Bagshaw was a modernist artist and many of Bagshaw’s paintings incorporate designs based on the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula that’s called “nature’s secret code” or “nature’s universal rule” (an example being the shape of the nautilus shell). Experiment with harmonious components in a piece.

December

Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. Per Wikipedia, “her style is notable on its emphasis on spontaneity.” In 1960, the term “color field painting” was used to describe her work. According to Wikipedia, Frankenthaler often painted on unprimed canvas with oil paints heavily diluted with turpentine, a technique she termed “soak stain.” Suggestion: create an image based on “color field” design, using large areas of color and hues similar in tone or intensity.

Book Arts at SFCC for Spring 2023

It’s time to register for classes at Santa Fe Community College. You’ll find the schedule for Arts Studio courses here: https://sfccssb.sfcc.edu/PROD/pw_pub_sched.p_listthislist?term_in=202230&subj_in=ARTS. Note: To be put on the waiting list or if you have questions, contact the instructor directly (email addresses below).

Among the offerings:

  • Creative Expression (online) with Ro Gouletas (formerly Calhoun)
  • Advanced Book Arts with Marci Ross Easterbrook (online; see the slideshow below or go to https://santafebag.org/?p=6912) and Gordon Fluke (in person)
  • Intaglio I with Jennifer Lynch
  • Letterpress with Gordon Fluke
  • Monotype with Mike Kimball
  • Intro to Printmaking with Jennifer Lynch
  • Advanced Printmaking with Patricia Pearce, Mike Kimball, and Sydney Scherr

 

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BAG Meeting This Saturday, December 10

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • New Vision and Mission Statement by Linda Zwick
  • Election of Directors and Officers by Linda Zwick
  • Appreciation by Linda Zwick
  • Overview of Program for 2023 by Julie Filatoff
  • Updates on Planning for Exhibits of Members’ Works in 2023 by Liz Faust and Will Karp
  • Update on the Santa Fe Origins Project by Sally Blakemore
  • Upcoming Salon Offerings by Gail Murray
  • Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • Round Robin Art Journal Swap Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • January Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • January 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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Artwork by Gail Murray of Paw Print Press.

Junk Journal Workshop with Chauncey Foster of we.grow.eco

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group and we.grow.eco
Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10 am to 12:30 pm MT, live (Santa Fe Community College, room 710)
Suitable for beginner to advanced students, but you MUST be a current Santa Fe BAG member
$29.88 (check or PayPal); must be received by January 14, 2023; REGISTER HERE

Junk Journal workshop with Chauncey Foster of we.grow.eco. In this 2.5-hour workshop we will explore what it takes to turn upcycled paper into handmade journals. We will be doing lots of cutting and Chauncey will teach a unique binding style called buttonhole binding. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting glue on. Chauncey will also bring handmade paper and handcrafted junk journals for sale. The goal is for everyone to walk away with a journal that they made, to have some fun, to learn what we can, and to create.

We.grow.eco is a coalition that supports and facilitates unifying actions that promote healthy relationships between humans and the environment. For more information, visit https://www.wegroweco.org/. Chauncey Foster (along with Noah Mertz) is the co-founder of we.grow.eco.

Online Rubber Stamp Carving Salon with Laurie Moorhead

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Laurel (Laurie) Moorhead is offering a salon on the topic of Rubber Stamp Carving on Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 1 pm to 3 pm Mountain Time (2 hours) online via Zoom.

In this salon you will learn to design and carve your own personal rubber stamps. Laurie has been carving her own stamps since 2012 and has a collection of over 150 unique stamps she has designed and carved. She will teach you how to make a simple stamp by drawing and transferring a design to easy-to-carve rubber, adding details, thinking about positive versus negative space, lettering, inking, coloring, and more. She will also discuss specialty items you might want to add to your studio after you’ve gotten hooked on this immensely rewarding skill to add to your art repertoire. The maximum number of participants is 20.

Register by 11 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2023, via email to Gail Murray at gail@gpmurray.com. Then pay the salon fee of $20 per person by January 14, 2023, to ensure timely arrival. Pay via check, Zelle, or Venmo, payable to Laurel Moorhead. Mail your check to: Laurel Moorhead, 2611 Grandview Street, San Diego, CA 92110.

To register you MUST have paid your 2023 BAG dues AND the salon fee. Once BAG has confirmed these payments, the Salon Coordinator will email to you the Zoom Link, a .pdf document of Laurie’s stamp carving zine, instructions, and a supply list.

BAG Meeting This Saturday, November 12

Saturday, November 12, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Book Works: Creative Process, a presentation by Maria G Pisano
  • Tributes to Douglass Rankin by Rosemary Rae and Amy Thompson West
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • Round Robin Art Journal Swap Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • December Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • December 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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Book Works: Maria G Pisano Creative Process

As a book artist, Maria G Pisano is continuing the tradition of books as keepers of our collective memory, using its format, in its myriad transformative powers, to express her interpretive and personal stories.

Maria’s artistic endeavors are expressed in artist books and printmaking works; they resonate and create the link between the constant personal journey as an artist and as a traveler. These artifacts are interwoven with personal experiences, memories, and the impact of fearful and disquieting world events; evoking shadows of reminiscence in unpredictable moments. The experiences are incorporated in our memory palace to revisit, in our visual, symbolic and experiential memory.

In working with artist’s books, Maria orchestrates a theme, incorporating both the visual and structural elements. Each book contains its own individual form, creating patterns that speak of personal and communal identities. Maria creates human and structural environments, making a link between form and meaning, viewer and artist, past and present, and the multiple polarities that fuse, enact, and display our other selves. Integral in all this is expressive language.

Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator. Her oeuvre is published under the Memory Press imprint. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in museums and galleries. Memory Press works are represented in many collection including: The Library of Congress, The 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, National Library of Medicine, University of Delaware, Smithsonian Institution, Wesleyan University, and many more.

Maria’s book Hècatombe 9-11 has been chosen by The 9-11 Memorial Museum in New York City as an ambassador to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attack on the USA. It is part of the exhibit “And Yet We Rise: A Retrospect of the Days and Times Surrounding 9/11″ at the American Consulate in London from 2021 to 2022.

Over the years Maria has curated a number of exhibits. In 2021 she curated “Crossroads: Book Artists’ Impassioned Responses to Immigration, Human Rights and Our Environment” at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in New Jersey. A previous exhibit was “Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response” at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

Maria has presented book arts lectures at the Library of Congress, the College Book Arts Association, and the Art Libraries Society of North America, among other venues. Her most recent articles are: “Mark To Impress” in The California Printmaker, the journal of the California Society of Printmakers; “Mark to Impress: Visualizing the Process” in the Guild of Book Workers Journal; and “Mark to Impress: Utilizing New Tools” in The Blue Notebook in the United Kingdom.

Maria continuously gives national and international workshops in printing, book arts, and conservation, including at the Bridwell Library in Dallas, Texas; the Center for Book Arts in New York City; the Professione Libro in Italy; many libraries; and her studio. Visit her at http://www.mariagpisano.com/.

And the following Saturday:

The Flag Book: A Travel Quest, a Workshop with Maria G Pisano

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10 am to 12 noon MT, via Zoom (online)
Suitable for beginner to advanced students, but you MUST be a current Santa Fe BAG member
$28.88 (check or PayPal); must be received by November 14, 2022; REGISTER HERE

Originally created by Hedi Kyle, the flag book is a very exciting form. The layered pages crisscross each other when opening and closing, making the book a living, moving, interactive entity. The flags have wonderful movement and allow for multiple images and content.

In this workshop we will design a three-dimensional book using diverse printing methods (collage, photos, etc.) to create our own designs for the pages and the covers. A truly unique work will emerge.

We will be using maps and other elements of places we like to visit, or have seen, whether in reality or in our imagination; for example, photos of yourself and/or places you have visited or imaginary journeys (where is your favorite place that you would like to visit?). If you have any maps, you can incorporate them in your collage/designs.

And Save the Date!

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022: Monthly BAG Meeting via Zoom
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022: In-Person Annual Meeting at Santa Fe Community College; details soon!

Tribute to Douglass Rankin (with link)

Recently we said goodbye to a dear friend, Douglass Rankin.

Douglass was a potter, poet, photographer, printmaker, pastepaper marker, postage stamp collector, mail art maker, journal keeper, book artist, beekeeper, butterfly counter, bird and fish watcher, cat lover, gardener, cook, hiker, star gazer, traveler of paths least traveled, wife of Will Ruggles, and most of all, a great book arts friend. We miss you, Douglass!

The photography in the slideshow tribute was supplied by Gail Murray, Dorothy Rankin, and Douglass herself. Paul Murray assisted with the technical aspect of the slideshow, which you can view at https://santafebag.org/2022/11/07/tribute-to-douglass-rankin/.

Tribute to Douglass Rankin

Recently we said goodbye to a dear friend, Douglass Rankin.

Douglass was a potter, poet, photographer, printmaker, pastepaper marker, postage stamp collector, mail art maker, journal keeper, book artist, beekeeper, butterfly counter, bird and fish watcher, cat lover, gardener, cook, hiker, star gazer, traveler of paths least traveled, wife of Will Ruggles, and most of all, a great book arts friend. We miss you, Douglass!

The photography in the slideshow tribute was supplied by Gail Murray, Dorothy Rankin, and Douglass herself. Paul Murray assisted with the technical aspect of the slideshow, which you can view here:

Incognito: Discovering Her, an Exhibition of Found Art

Incognito: Discovering Her, an exhibition of found art curated by Andrea Cypress and Sally Blakemore

Opening in the Santa Fe Railyard shade structure by the Farmers Market

Friday, October 28, 2022, 5 to 7 pm

Axle Contemporary is pleased to present an new exhibition, curated by Santa Fe BAG members Sally Blakemore and Andrea Cypress, and drawn from a massive archive of found photographs found at an Arizona thrift store.  The curators investigate and raise up the unknown artist’s photographs in a curatorial process that drawn on the fields of Aesthetics, Anthropology, History, and American Studies.

From co-curator Sally Blakemore:

“The truth of our age can be found in  self expressive market-byproducts. In Incognito, we share a life begun with husband and friends and dogs in a house somewhere in America. We share their pasatiempos and odd distractions, insights, travel, appliances, dramas on small scales, flirtations with travel and pop-culture travel to established theme parks and Apollo history.

Once our photographer had lost her husband and was without much outside input, we see a devotion to a television box that brings new and old people into lives of shut-ins, people who create their own worlds through familiar faces and celebrities. The most intriguing part of this exhibit is when our photographer—in her final days—cut the people from inside the TV boxes, to somehow release the life into her room without framing it with Zenith or Magnovox modernity.

As a paper cutter myself, I know that each slice of paper is a signature, it is an expressive use of negative and positive space, the way the scissors meet the paper is as personal as pencil drawings by Rembrandt, collected by museums.

In our photographer’s life, the photos, the photo flashes in the screen, the out of focus plus the recording of a feed of friends could be depended on to show up daily, at scheduled times.

Accessibility to recording one’s life for posterity must be the motivation, or maybe just to photo-sketch day to day activities to ‘see’ who we are day to day, to prove our existence and our adaptation to change.

This anonymous photographer intrigued me with each strange and glorious snap shot of her world. It seems the middle classes in America during the 50s, were celebrated in the marketing of personal, accessible cameras, for profit of course, but the byproduct of Selfies, self history and frivolity can be afforded by many.

In the digital world, these byproducts are lost in the cloud, but in paper and material worlds these treasures can be collected, mostly from thrift store collections; leftovers from estates become archeology and anthropology combined.”

Axle Contemporary programming is supported by Axle Projects, Inc. Axle Projects’ operations are supported through individual donations and grants. This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Santa Fe Railyard are made possible through the support of The Railyard Art Project.  If you are interested in supporting Axle Projects, visit the website: https://www.axleart.com/

The Flag Book: A Travel Quest, a Workshop with Maria G. Pisano

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10 am to 12 noon MT, via Zoom (online)
Suitable for beginner to advanced students, but you MUST be a current Santa Fe BAG member
$28.88 (check or PayPal); must be received by November 14, 2022; REGISTER HERE

Originally created by Hedi Kyle, the flag book is a very exciting form. The layered pages crisscross each other when opening and closing, making the book a living, moving, interactive entity. The flags have wonderful movement and allow for multiple images and content.

In this workshop we will design a three-dimensional book using diverse printing methods (collage, photos, etc.) to create our own designs for the pages and the covers. A truly unique work will emerge.

We will be using maps and other elements of places we like to visit, or have seen, whether in reality or in our imagination; for example, photos of yourself and/or places you have visited or imaginary journeys (where is your favorite place that you would like to visit?). If you have any maps, you can incorporate them in your collage/designs.

Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator. Her oeuvre is published under the Memory Press imprint. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in museums and galleries. Memory Press works are represented in many collection including: The Library of Congress, The 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, National Library of Medicine, University of Delaware, Smithsonian Institution, Wesleyan University, and many more.

Maria’s book Hècatombe 9-11 has been chosen by The 9-11 Memorial Museum in New York City as an ambassador to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attack on the USA. It is part of the exhibit “And Yet We Rise: A Retrospect of the Days and Times Surrounding 9/11″ at the American Consulate in London from 2021 to 2022.

Over the years Maria has curated a number of exhibits. In 2021 she curated “Crossroads: Book Artists’ Impassioned Responses to Immigration, Human Rights and Our Environment” at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in New Jersey. A previous exhibit was “Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response” at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

Maria has presented book arts lectures at the Library of Congress, the College Book Arts Association, and the Art Libraries Society of North America, among other venues. Her most recent articles are: “Mark To Impress” in The California Printmaker, the journal of the California Society of Printmakers; “Mark to Impress: Visualizing the Process” in the Guild of Book Workers Journal; and “Mark to Impress: Utilizing New Tools” in The Blue Notebook in the United Kingdom.

Maria continuously gives national and international workshops in printing, book arts, and conservation, including at the Bridwell Library in Dallas, Texas; the Center for Book Arts in New York City; the Professione Libro in Italy; many libraries; and her studio. Visit her at http://www.mariagpisano.com/.

Writing Haiku Salon with David Rachlin on November 6

BAG member David Rachlin presents “Writing Haiku,” a salon for BAG members, on Sunday, November 6, 2022, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. In this workshop we will first take a look at Japanese and American haiku poets. We’ll learn and practice a variety of traditional techniques including kigo (season words), kireji (cutting words), the Japanese aesthetic of wabisabi, juxtaposition, and many more. We will also look at modern versions of one-liners, haibun, and senryu. If time allows, we’ll take a look at Japanese versions in transliteration. With plenty of time to write haiku together, you will leave the workshop with a solid knowledge of haiku past and present, and many ways to enter this beautiful and international form.  If you already have some haiku of your own, feel free to bring them to share. Bring a pen or pencil and paper; David will provide handouts. (This salon will NOT be broadcast online.)

The haiku workshop will introduce BAG members to a wide variety of age-old techniques used by the great Japanese masters such as Basho, Buson, Issa, and others. Members will also see how modern poets have transformed haiku into a truly American art form. Everyone will practice lots ways to enter haiku, along with a series of handouts for review at home.

The fee is $20 per person, made payable to David at the salon. Participants must be a current (dues-paid) member of BAG. Held in a private home; directions will be sent to confirmed participants.

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, October 23, 2022, to Gail Murray: gail@gpmurray.com. (BAG Salons are mini-workshops.)

About the Instructor

David Rachlin, MA, MFA, is a retired educator from Massachusetts who taught elementary school for more than 30 years. David was concurrently an adjunct professor in a graduate writing program at Lesley University for 20 years, where he taught the pedagogy of writing, haiku and related forms, and memoir. He has degrees in linguistics, German, and creative writing. In 2012 he published a book of poetry entitled Topographies of Light, and in June 2022 he published a book of short stories entitled Billy Backside and Other Stories. He has many haiku published in Frog Pond, a national haiku journal, and elsewhere.

Don’t wait to register! Do so today, before the salon fills up.

2023 Membership Dues Increase

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group Board voted to raise membership dues to $40 annually as of January 1, 2023. This is the first dues increase in several years. Members who renew by December 31, 2022, however, can do so at the 2022 rate of $30.

Over the years Santa Fe BAG has consistently expanded the number and breadth of programs we offer as a membership benefit. Programs include meetings, workshops, presentations, and exhibition opportunities. This dues increase will enable us to continue to support and enhance our broad range of programming, because we are committed to supporting your growth as book and paper artists.

Renew today! Visit https://santafebag.org/join-or-renew-bag-membership/.

Artwork by Douglass Rankin.

BAG Meeting This Saturday, October 8

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Art Flea Market Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • In Memoriam: Douglass Rankin by Linda Zwick and Gail Murray
  • Meet Your Board Member: Kim Walter, Form + Content
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • Round Robin Art Journal Swap Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • November Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • November 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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Neon & Chrome Exhibit Opens Friday!

The City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department presents

Neon & Chrome: The Visual Vocabulary of Route 66

Exhibit Opening Friday, September 30, 2022, 5 pm to 7 pm

At the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street (inside the Convention Center)

The exhibit runs through December 26, 2022

Click on image to enlarge.

Featured Artists

  • John Arnold
  • Susan Aylward
  • Schuyler Blanchard
  • Barbara Bowles
  • Hernan Gomez Chavez
  • Brian K. Edwards
  • Steve Fitch
  • Heather Gallegos-Rex
  • Helen K. Garber
  • Joe Ramiro Garcia
  • Kirk Gittings
  • Cheryl Godin
  • Nicholas Herrera
  • Dawne Holmes
  • Sean Hudson
  • Chikiyo Jackson
  • Will Karp (BAG Board Member)
  • Warren B. Keating
  • Charlie Meckel
  • Carolos Muñoz
  • Judy Parker-Markowitz
  • Emily Peck
  • Tim Prythero
  • Gale Sutton
  • Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo
  • Angel Wynn

For everyone’s safety, masks are preferred.

Annual Collaborative Book: Sign Up by October 9

Santa Fe Book Arts Group Collaborative Book 2022: The Ledger

Content

A line or two of your favorite poetry, prose, or inspirational quote along with your illustration
(collage, drawings, photo, letterpress–whatever suits your fancy).

Structure

  • Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden, pages 89 and 90.
  • Size is 3” high x 8.5” wide, to be read horizontally
  • Single unfolded pages. Because these are single sheets, you are encouraged to decorate the back side of your page, but you are not required to do so.
  • Leave 1” on left for binding, therefore 7.5” for image and text
  • Soft or hardcover options for your complied book
  • There will be Japanese stab binding options (simple to complex) for your compiled book

 Required Paper

Canson Mi-Teintes 98#, any color (comes in pads of variety of colors–can order from Dick Blick and others; Artisan has single sheets)

Before the compilation meeting in December we will provide you with details on options for creating your book cover, suggested materials, and options for recommended stab binding.

Schedule

  • Sunday, October 9, 2022: Sign up to participate.
  • No Later Than Wednesday, October 12: Participants will be notified of how many pages to make.
  • Saturday, November 12: Pages due to Linda. If you are local to Santa Fe, you can deliver them to Linda at the Art Flea Market on Saturday, October 29. Another day and place will also be announced for local delivery. Or you can mail your pages to: Linda Zwick, 202 La Cueva Street, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
  • After November 12 (Date TBD): If you mailed pages to Linda, she will mail back a packet of pages from other participants and a title page/colophon. If you delivered pages to Linda, she will set a date for distribution of packets to those who wish to pick them up in Santa Fe.
  • Saturday, December 3: Compilation meeting, either via Zoom or hybrid (in-person and Zoom).

YOU MUST BE A CURRENT BAG MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE. Click here to see if you are a current BAG member (click on Member List). To sign up, please send your name, address, phone number, and email address to lindazwick55@yahoo.com. (You may also ask Linda questions via email.)

Art Flea Market on October 29

Click here to download this information as a flyer.

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group presents
Annual Art Flea Market
Saturday, October 29, 2022
10 am to 3 pm

Multi-vendor flea market featuring:

  • antique metal pieces
  • art supplies (mixed-media/assemblage/collage)
  • art and calligraphy books
  • artist’s books
  • beads (including vintage Italian)
  • bookbinding supplies including thread
  • bookcloth
  • bookmaking kits
  • box structures
  • brushes
  • buttons
  • cameras
  • cards (handmade, vintage, etc.)
  • collage materials
  • comic books
  • doll parts
  • dollhouses
  • easels
  • ephemera
  • fabric, ribbon, lace
  • handmade boxes handmade paper
  • ink
  • letterpress prints and books
  • marbled paper
  • marbling tools and equipment
  • mat cutters
  • mini books
  • miscellaneous tools
  • old books
  • original artwork
  • ornaments
  • paint
    paper (decorative, etc.)
  • paper collage cards
  • pastepaper scraps
  • photo cards
  • tools
  • typecases
  • washi tape
  • watch/jewelry parts
  • yarn

Come browse & discover your treasures!

Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe
107 West Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Plenty of free parking! Free stuff!

Masks required for vendors and shoppers.

This is not an activity of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Thursday: Aalpana Artmaking at SFCC

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Santa Fe Community College’s Library and the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) present two art events in September on Aalpana-making, a form of circular ground art rooted in ceremonial art traditions from south Asia. Shalimar Krebs, co-chair of PDAC and Associate Dean of the SFCC School of Liberal Arts and School of Arts, Design, & Media Arts said, “This circular-art-making event at SFCC hopes to mark and symbolize the coming together of our campus community at the beginning of this school year.”

SFCC art instructor (and BAG member) Sudeshna Sengupta will present both the online lecture and the live Aalpana-making, which are free and open to the public.

Aalpana ground art is an ancient form of “ephemeral art happening” rooted in ceremonial art traditions of south Asia, in which the art-making process offers a collective experience to the individual viewers and participants gathering around it through the duration of the artform. Temporary in nature, traditionally the process of creating this form of circular floor art brings people together to welcome and celebrate special occasions. Our natural tendency is to form a unified whole from smaller parts — to help people, who gather around it, to develop a calming focus to collectively set goals for common good and work together.

Sudeshna will present an online lecture about Aalpana-making from 12 noon to 1 pm MT on Thursday, September 8, 2022. Participants must pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SFCC-Aalpana.

There will also be a live demonstration of Aalpana-making in the SFCC Courtyard (6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508) from 9 am to 10 am on Thursday, September 15. The actual art creation will take much longer. The Aalpana will be available for viewing until sunset, when it will be dismantled.

Sudeshna Sengupta, MFA, is an Adjunct Faculty member at the SFCC School of Arts, Design, & Media Arts. Her career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy of decolonizing studio art. Besides her academic training and contemporary art practice, Sudeshna grew up with and around various traditional art forms in India, all of which continue to nurture her life and art. If you have questions, email Sudeshna at sudeshna.sengupta@sfcc.edu.

BAG Meeting This Saturday, September 10

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • My Life as a Book Artist and Letterpress Printer, a Presentation by Bettina Pauly (see below)
  • Art Flea Market Update by Cynthia Leespring and Julie Filatoff 
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • October Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • October 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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

My Life as a Book Artist and Letterpress Printer, a Presentation by Bettina Pauly





Bettina will tell us how she came to the USA, started to learn about book arts and letterpress printing, enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, took classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and left her main job to become a teacher for book arts and printing, a book artist, and a letterpress printer.  She will give us a close look at some of her artist books, including:

•    The Year of the Dragon, a flag book
•    A sun that rises, an accordion-fold book
•    California Poppies, an accordion-fold book
•    What a Catch!, a flag book

Bettina will also sow us some of her mail art, which includes miniature pop-ups.

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 http://blog.bettina-pauly.com/.

And the Next Saturday (September 17), an Online Workshop!

If you would like to sign up for this workshop after hearing Bettina’s presentation, please go to the registration page here, send a check or pay for it with PayPal, and text Julie Filatoff at 505-660-9942 so she sends you the supply list and prompts!

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 (payment options: 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!).

Register here: (NOTE: You must fill out the form; simply paying for the workshop does not secure you a spot.)

Call for Entries: Fragments Juried Exhibition

Call for Entries: Fragments Juried Exhibition

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Fragments is a juried exhibition held at Strata Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition will run from January 3 through January 21, 2023.

This exhibition will feature artists whose work expresses and articulates the myriad, exciting, and challenging ways in which our reality has become fragmented. All of us experience the dizzying splitting of our attention among the burgeoning opportunities of ever-improving digital devices, the abundance of disparate and competing news reports, and the allure of social media. Our bodies themselves are increasingly prosthetically enhanced, and humanity embraces the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Gene editing/genetic engineering are other visionary and groundbreaking experiments with fragmentation and hybridization. Contemporary art, as possibly never before, is an ecstatic discourse of fragmentary styles and genres.

There are many compelling creative opportunities to embody this kaleidoscopic reality in visual art, from Neo-Cubist spatial fragmentation, Modernist conflation of surface and depth, Post-Modernist marriage of disparate styles and iconography, to digital pixelation, to the playful deployment of literal, material fragments in collage and assemblage. Any artwork that addresses or involves fragmentation/hybridization/cross-fertilization is a potential prophet or embodiment of this brave new world.

Prizes:
$200 Best of Show (1)
$150 Director’s Choice (1)
$50 Honorable Mention (2)

Juror: David Olivant is the President and co-founder of Strata Gallery. He was professor of painting for 25 years at CSU Stanislaus. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New Delhi, New York City, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Wuppertal, Fresno, and San Bernardino. His recent bodies of work, Heteroglyphs and Retroglyphs, address heterogeneity, as well as spatial and temporal fragmentation.

Apply at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=10764

Call for Entries: New Mexico State Fair

The New Mexico State Fair will accept artist’s books for judging and exhibition. All the rules are here; PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY:

https://cdn.saffire.com/files.ashx?t=fg&rid=NewMexicoStateFair&f=Bookbinding_-_2022(1).pdf

If you wish to enter your work but don’t want to drive to Albuquerque, please contact Julie Filatoff so you can deliver to her your art prior to THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, no later than 7 pm. (Julie lives near SFCC.) Contact her at julie@jirafstudio.com or 505-660-9942.

The following all take place at the Creative Arts Building on the fairgrounds:

  1. Deliver your entries on Friday, August 26, and Sunday, August 27, 9 am to 5 pm. If you cannot go to the Fairgrounds to drop off your entries, you can make prior arrangements with Esther Feske (505-255-5958) to meet or drop off. Please include a printed sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and titles/detailed descriptions of each book/box you are leaving.
  2. The State Fair is open from Thursday, September 8, through Sunday, September 18, and at that time you can see if your artwork won a ribbon and view all the other wonderful entries!
  3. Pick up your entries on Monday, September 19, from 9 am to 12 noon. (Julie will pick up any work that she delivered.) If you delivered your own artwork and cannot make that time, contact Mita Saldana at 505-280-9323 for alternate arrangements.

This category is sponsored by Mita, of Against the Grain Bindery, and Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild. They need volunteer artists for 2-hour demonstrations during the fair, especially during the weekends. You get a free ticket for entry into the fair for the day and Libros will reimburse you for parking. Interested? Text or call Mita or Esther at the numbers above.

Magic Wallet Workshop with Bettina Pauly on September 17

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!).

(Click any image to enlarge)

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 http://blog.bettina-pauly.com/.

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

BAG Meeting This Saturday, August 13

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Materials and Concepts: Books Developed through Sensory Observation and Engagement, a Presentation by Marci Ross Easterbrook (see below)
  • Art Flea Market Update by Cynthia Leespring and Julie Filatoff 
  • Announcement of Fall Book Arts Courses at SFCC by Gordon Fluke
  • Round Robin Art Journal Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • September Mail Art Description by Linda Zwick
  • September 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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Presentation: Materials and Concepts: Books Developed through Sensory Observation and Engagement with Marci Ross Easterbrook

Marci Ross EasterbrookMarci will present her work through different projects that show how the use of materials developed a concept. She will also talk about using your sensibilities to observe what happens as books in different materials stimulate ideas and can translate into other projects.

Marci Ross Easterbrook is an illustrator, printmaker, papermaker, book artist and teacher at Santa Fe Community College. Marci strongly believes that materials are a key source for knowing yourself as an artist and will lead each person to creative new work through text and image. She uses materials of paper, Tyvek, altered pages, and mixed media to create unique surface design that leads to discovery of creative concepts and content for books.

And the Next Day, an Online Workshop!

If you would like to sign up for this workshop after hearing Marci’s presentation, please go to the registration page here, send a check or pay for it with PayPal, and text Julie Filatoff at 505-660-9942 so she sends you the supply list and prompts!

Sense and Signatures: A Materials and Book Workshop with Marci Ross Easterbrook

Sunday, August 14, 2022
10 am to 2 pm (with a lunch break)
Via Zoom Online Platform

Sense and Signatures Workshop

In this four-hour workshop you will develop your five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight) into materials for concept and content development. This will become five signatures which you will bind into an artist book with a side-sewn accordion spine and Tyvek covers.

You will receive a supply and tool list prior to the workshop. The sequence of events: surface techniques on paper, staining Tyvek, making the accordion spine, lunch break, making signatures, sewing the spine and cover, and sharing your books with the other students and Marci.

Marci will also provide a printable .pdf document with directions, a jig, and concept prompts.

Limited to 15 students; held on Zoom. $69 per person (no materials included). Questions? Email marci.easterbrook@sfcc.edu.

Register here: (NOTE: You must fill out the form; simply paying for the workshop does not secure you a spot.)

Call for Vendors: 2022 Art Flea Market

Santa Fe Book Arts Group announces a call for vendors for its 2022 Art Flea Market!

UPDATE: The Art Flea Market is full! Want to be on the waiting list? Email Julie Filatoff.

Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10 am-3 pm (setup 8:30-10 am; takedown 3-4 pm)
At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
107 West Barcelona Road (at Galisteo), Santa Fe, NM 87505

The Annual Art Flea Market enables BAG members to declutter their art studios. It is highly anticipated by other BAG members, the art community as a whole, and visitors to Santa Fe.

For a $20 vendor fee, members can sell any art supplies or tools that one would use to make art, display art, or be inspired to make art. This includes (but is not limited to):
• Handmade papers
• Ephemera
• Paints, pastels, pencils
• Brushes, palette knives
• Tools
• Boxes
• Books about art techniques or artists
• Art storage items
• Frames
• Fabric and Yarn
You are also welcome to sell your own artwork.
Please note: This is not a garage sale. If you have items that are not art or related to art, the organizers will ask you to remove those items from display.

To participate as a seller, click here to download this document [NO LONGER LINKED; SEE NOTE ABOVE], read the entire document, then fill out the application on page 3 and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Opens August 5: Santa Fe Origins & Ancient Travelers

Santa Fe Book Arts Group’s Santa Fe Origins & Ancient Travelers Exhibition
Opening Friday, August 5, 2022, 5 pm to 7 pm
Exhibition Continues Through August 26, 2022

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Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) is pleased to host the Santa Fe Book Arts Group. Santa Fe Origins & Ancient Travelers is a 12.5’ long, handmade book exploring the history of Santa Fe from its beginnings. The exhibition will open at El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe, NM on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 5-7 pm.

Santa Fe Origins & Ancient Travelers is a collaboration between paper and book artists from the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). The group is made up of working artists who love the fertile creative spirit of Santa Fe and have contributed to the piece throughout the pandemic by hand making and cutting paper as well as through providing individual paper mechanics and illustrations. Sally Blakemore, as BAG Artist in Residence from 2020-2022, proposed the book as a collaborative project promoting Santa Fe’s fascinating human history of Native people, migrants from Mexico, colonization through European influences, the Catholic Church, scientists, archeologists, and adventurers.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Santa Fe Origins & Ancient Travelers is a handmade, interactive book which features the history of Santa Fe from her beginnings.

Who traveled to Santa Fe?
Why did they travel to New Mexico?
What did each group contribute to the diverse culture?
How diverse is Santa Fe’s history?
How has tourism enriched the experience?

Santa Fe Origins & Ancient Travelers is a folding, accordion book that is 15.5″ by 20.5″ closed and 12.5’ long when fully opened and appears as a wild scrapbook of historical facts. Each spread contains a central piece of adobe and historical architecture hand cut from lokta paper, dyed to match the adobe colors of Santa Fe. The following buildings are the centerpiece of their respective spread: the Oldest House, San Miguel Chapel, St. Francis Cathedral, the Palace of the Governors, and La Fonda Hotel. These structures provide a starting location for the stories and historical entries contained in small books which are comprised of illustrations in paper engineered formats, paintings, drawings, and articles by scholars concerning Santa Fe’s diverse history. Each group of travelers has brought wisdom, beliefs, foods, the wheel, honey, agriculture, music, dance, ritual architecture, business, and stewardship to the Southwestern region. The public is encouraged to explore the piece and acquaint themselves with the mystery and wonder of Santa Fe by removing the small books from their cases and flaps.

More information: https://www.historicsantafe.org/santa-fe-origins-exhibition-2022

August 14: Workshop with Marci Ross Easterbrook

Sense and Signatures: A Materials and Book Workshop with Marci Ross Easterbrook

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Sunday, August 14, 2022
10 am to 2 pm (with a lunch break)
Via Zoom Online Platform

In this four-hour workshop you will develop your five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight) into materials for concept and content development. This will become five signatures which you will bind into an artist book with a side-sewn accordion spine and Tyvek covers.

You will receive a supply and tool list prior to the workshop. The sequence of events: surface techniques on paper, staining Tyvek, making the accordion spine, lunch break, making signatures, sewing the spine and cover, and sharing your books with the other students and Marci.

Marci will also provide a printable .pdf document with directions, a jig, and concept prompts.

Limited to 15 students; held on Zoom. $69 per person (no materials included). Questions? Email marci.easterbrook@sfcc.edu.

Register here: (NOTE: You must fill out the form; simply paying for the workshop does not secure you a spot.)

Marci Ross Easterbrook is an illustrator, printmaker, papermaker, book artist, and teacher at Santa Fe Community College. She strongly believes that materials are a key source for knowing yourself as an artist and will lead each person to creative new work through text and image. She uses materials of paper, Tyvek, altered pages, and mixed media to create unique surface design that leads to discovery of creative concepts and content for books.

BAG Meeting This Saturday, July 9

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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Saturday, July 9, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MT
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Printed Matter Festival by Lisa Miles
  • Santa Fe Origins Project Update by Sally Blakemore and Barb Macks
  • Artist’s Books, Installations, and The Art of Papercraft: A Presentation by Helen Hiebert (see below)
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • Round Robin Art Journal Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • Art Flea Market Update by Cynthia Leespring and Julie Filatoff 
  • Community Announcements (calls for entry, upcoming exhibits and workshops, other highlights) by Attendees (2 minutes maximum, please)

There are a few spots left in Helen’s workshop via Zoom
on Saturday, July 16, from 10 am to 12 noon! Click here to register.

Presentation: Artist’s Books, Installations, and The Art of Papercraft with Helen Hiebert

Helen Hiebert will talk about her journey on paper. She will show several unique artist’s books and installations, while describing the twists and turns in her entrepreneurial career. Helen will also discuss her newest how-to book, The Art of Papercraft.

Helen HiebertHelen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, and artist’s books using handmade paper, thread, and light. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making and exhibits her work internationally. She is author of the several how-to books about papermaking and paper crafts. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up to date on current paper trends, which she writes about in her weekly blog post called The Sunday Paper. Helen’s most recent installation, Step Into the Light, is a giant paper lantern at Anythink Wright Farms, a library in Denver. She holds an annual paper retreat in her Red Cliff studio every August.

Printed Matter Event at the Railyard on Sunday, July 10

Printed Matter will host 50 printmakers from all across the Southwest, exhibiting and selling a diverse array of artwork. This includes fine art editions, book arts, hand-printed clothing, and experimental processes. Printed Matter is an affordable, all-inclusive fair welcoming all people, all nations.

Sunday, July 10, 2022
10 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Railyard Farmers Market Shade Structure and Railyard Plaza

Live demonstrations will run throughout the day with:

  • Axle Contemporary: Corn Tortilla Embossing (free tortillas for all!)
  • Herstory Printmaking Collective: Sticky Foam Printing
  • Krrrl: Linocut
  • Matt Suhre: Cyanotype
  • Power and Light Press: Letterpress
  • Global Commons Collective: Screenprinting (bring a T-shirt for live, free screenprinting!)

BAG will have a table at the event to strut our stuff and enroll new members.

BAG members who are participating include:

  • Andrea Cypress
  • Ashisha
  • Gordon Fluke
  • Jasmine Quinsier
  • Julie Filatoff, JiRaF Studio, LLC
  • Julie Shelton Snyder
  • Katie Keener, Pushpin Collaborative Co.
  • Kim Kulow Jones
  • Lisa Miles, Dutchess Press
  • Liz Paterson

Other participants include Bourland Letterpress, Remarque Printshop, Strange Bird Designs, Twoguns Studio, and many more.

Many thanks to Tim Jag for organizing the event, and Axle Contemporary for creating the image.

Book Art and Assemblage Exhibit Opens Saturday in Albuquerque!

Margy O’Brien and Carolyn Berry Showcased

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“Remnants” is a two-person art show opening this Saturday, July 2, from 2 pm to 4 pm (with a gallery talk at 3 pm) and closing Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center Gallery.

The theme “Remnants,” chosen by the two artists, encompasses the remains, fragments, and vestiges of found objects that speak of life’s mysteries. The artists collect, save, photograph, and sketch these objects that connect past, present, and future. Their combined art invites contemplation of nature’s elegant leftovers—rearranged and given a new life.

BAG member Margy O’Brien will be showing books of rolled scroll, threaded accordion, altered, popup, fold-up pojagi, and codex forms. Her work also includes two-dimensional mixed-media art. Her artist’s books have been included in past Santa Fe BAG Rotunda shows and included in the books 1000 Artists’ Books (Quarry Books) and 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2 (Lark Publishing).

Carolyn Berry will be exhibiting boxed assemblages featuring suspended gourds and found objects—from fragments of bones to seed pods embedded in encaustic wax. These unique shrines are dedicated to the beauty and treachery of nature all around us. Carolyn’s artwork is featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Encaustic Arts Magazine.

The Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is at 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, and is generally open Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm (closed Sunday and Monday); phone (505) 768-4950. For more information, visit www.visitalbuquerque.org/event/remnants/49516/.

Woven Paper Notebook Workshop with Helen Hiebert

Woven Paper Notebook Workshop with Helen Hiebert

This Workshop is Full. Email santafebag@gmail.com to get on the waiting list.

Presented by Santa Fe Book Arts Group

Saturday, July 16, 2022
10 am to 12 noon MST
Online via Zoom
$21 (BAG members)

In this workshop you’ll create a small booklet with a woven paper cover, then add cutouts to enhance your weaving. The double pamphlet stitch adds two signatures to the book with a simple stab binding.

Helen HiebertHelen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, and artist’s books using handmade paper, thread, and light. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making and exhibits her work internationally. She is author of the several how-to books about papermaking and paper crafts. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up to date on current paper trends, which she writes about in her weekly blog post called The Sunday Paper. Helen’s most recent installation, Step Into the Light, is a giant paper lantern at Anythink Wright Farms, a library in Denver. She holds an annual paper retreat in her Red Cliff Studio every August.

We will email the supply list and template after receipt of payment.

Questions? Email santafebag@gmail.com. Not a member but want to join BAG? Go here.

BAG Meeting This Saturday, May 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 check your email program’s “spam” or “junk” folder. Still not there? Email santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MST
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • When Doodles Dare to Dream: A Presentation by Rosemary Ray (see below)
  • Santa Fe Origins Project Update and Pop-Up Demo by Sally Blakemore
  • Community Announcements (calls for entry, upcoming exhibits and workshops, other highlights) by Attendees (2 minutes maximum, please)

 

Presentation: When Doodles Dare to Dream with Rosemary Rae

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Welcome to Rosemary Rae’s world of doodle books. Here bright bursts of possibility collide with song and curious geometry, creating an elaborate visual poem. Beauty, fun, and spontaneity leap from page to page. Inspiration blooms as Rosemary draws with marker, colored pencils, and crayon, adding collage, paint, and rubber stamps along the way. Join Rosemary on a technicolor journey through her multi-page gardens–swirling landscapes ablaze with words, roses, flames, polka dots, and stars. Rosemary hopes that her little illustrated books will inspire you to create one, too.

Rosemary Rae is a creative director/designer, artist, and design educator living in San Diego, California. A graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and Vermont College of Fine Arts, she currently works for a local publisher creating book covers, calendars, and kits that are sold nationwide. In addition to designing her unique line of letterpressed greeting cards, she also creates collages and artist books, which have been featured in many juried exhibitions. Her creative work provides the arena to play and experiment with book structures, paper ephemera, pop-ups, paint, lettering, and typography.

Call for Vendors: Printed Matter

Call for Vendors: Printed Matter

The Printed Matter network invites indie printers, art collectives, print collectives, printshops, artist activists, street artists, fine artists, and non-artists to exhibit and sell at a show with 60 vendors at the Santa Fe Railyard Complex on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 10 am to 4 pm. This is an all-outdoor event; vendors and participants are encouraged to follow any COVID-safe practices as they see fit.

The event will include printing that is purely personal or traditional fine art to more cultural forms, including street arts, newsletters, book arts, handbills, stickers, cards, vinyl/CD art, and other publishing forms printed via etching, silkscreen, linotype, and letterpress, plus more DYI and guerrilla approaches such as street stencils, graffiti forms, potato prints, photograms, and lo-fi transfers. Items can be fine art or more utilitarian including lengths of fabric, clothing, patches, kitchen textiles, housewares, etc.

Vendor fee is $30 per artist or $40 for a group (two or more artists) and payment MUST be received by June 15. You must bring your own table, tent, booth/walls, etc. Wifi will be available.

During the event there will be live/hands on/interactive demonstrations of different types of printing. If you are willing to volunteer an hour or two to demonstrate your printing process, Printed Matter will waive your vendor fee. Contact Tim ASAP if you wish to demo.

During Printed Matter the Santa Fe Artist Market will be held in the nearby Farmers’ Market building, which has restrooms, electricity, and water.

The organizers will do the usual public announcements, mailing list, banners, and E-media, but appreciate help with announcements to artists’ own mailing lists. Bourland Letterpress will print a limited-edition poster with vendors’ names.

Speaking of James, he will host a potluck mixer the Saturday night before the event at Bourland Letterpress’s parking lot from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Please see the application at https://santafebag.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Printed-Matter-Event-Application-2022.pdf.

Questions? Tim Jag of Baca Printshop, 505.577.3663, timjag@gmail.com.

Art Therapeutics with Nicole Raven White

Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild president Nicole Raven White offers a program called Art Therapeutics.

Art Therapeutics is the process of using writing and creative processes to help you on your healing journey. This course will also help you take the healing modalities you already partake in and enhance them even more with creative visuals that will keep you on track.

The mind is so full of information, we need visuals to keep us grounded and focused. Art Therapeutics techniques will help you create the ultimate grounding and focusing tools because you create them yourself.

All of these processes will be beneficial and successful whether you have art experience or not.

​Use Art Therapeutics to reduce stress, anxiety, grief, loss, anger, frustration, depression, and most emotional and physical pain. If you are already an artist, this will be a fun course that will help you expand and increase your creativity. If you feel, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “I’m not artistic,” Nicole will help you break through that limiting belief to show you how to unleash your creativity. “It’s fun and so much easier than you think,” says Nicole.

For more information visit https://www.ravenartcenter.com/art-therapeutics-membership-plan.html, where you can also sign up for a free class.

The Book as Sculpture with Marci Easterbrook at SFCC

The Book as Sculpture: Narratives in Visual Play & Form

An 8-Week Class with Marci Easterbrook
Mondays and Wednesdays, June 6-July 30, 2022
9 am to 12 noon
In Person at Santa Fe Community College and Online Synchronous

Arts and Design Advanced Projects
Arts 2115L D1
CRN 10172
3 credits

In this class various materials will expand our knowledge of the book as a 3D story and art object. This is a hands-on exploration of materials that will make new and exciting relationships of shape, dimension, and text. You will create advanced artist books that are unique and will develop your art vision.

Students will use traditional and contemporary methods of binding, papermaking, paper casting, and repurposing of materials in a workshop experience that is intensive, fun, and applicable to learning about art, sculpture, and books in completely original ways.

For more information about the class, email Marci Easterbrook, Illustrator, Book Artist, Papermaker, and Printmaker, at marci.easterbrook@sfcc.edu. For registration information, email melba.ramos@sfcc.edu. Permission is required for advanced project classes; email patricia.pearce@sfcc.edu or call (505) 428-1504 or (505) 428-1230.

Examples of Sculptural Books Made from Metal | Wood Pulp | Fabric | Clay | Paper | Fiber | Found Objects | Altered Books

Andrea Singer, 2011

Marci Easterbrook, 2008

Isobelle Ouzman, 2012

Nance O’Banion, 2008

Linda Cross, 2016

Megan Singleton, 2014

“Read Me” altered book by Marci Easterbrook; altered pages rolled and bound with wire.

Amazing Book Arts Studio Sale Honoring Maia Sampson Michael on Saturday, April 16, 2022

As you know, fellow BAG member Maia Sampson Michael passed away recently. Maia’s husband Dan is holding a sale of Maia’s book arts supplies to ensure that they are put to good use.

Saturday, April 16, 10 am to 2 pm (PLEASE, NO EARLYBIRDS!)
958 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM

Large Items Include:

  • Antique book press
  • Oak storage unit (ideal for rubber stamp collection and tools!)
  • Work table
  • Paper cutters
  • Recycled tin cases

Supplies Include:

  • Lots of paper (unique and mundane)
  • Boxed cards
  • Stationery and envelopes
  • New photo albums
  • New journals (lined and unlined)
  • Xyron cartridges
  • Paints, pastels, colored pencils, etc.
  • Book arts tools
  • Instructional Books
  • Inks
  • Ink pens
  • Rubber stamps galore
  • Book board

2022 “Anything Goes” Challenge Monthly Themes

BAG President Linda Zwick has given us a challenge. Create a piece of art of any kind (no limitations on size or structure), send to friends and family if you like, and send a photo to santafebag@gmail.com (for posting on the website and social media, and inclusion in a likely future slideshow at a BAG membership meeting). The themes are just suggestions; create whatever suits your fancy!

January

January 30 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

February

February 8 is Hari-Kuyo in the Kanto region of Japan. It is the Buddhist and Shinto Festival of Broken Needles (celebrated in December in the Kyoto and Kansai regions) and is a memorial to sewing needles broken in their service during the past year. It is also an opportunity to pray for improved skills. Suggestion: Create something in honor of your favorite tool or tools or about your intentions to learn new skills of any kind.

March

March 18 is National Quilting Day. Suggestions: Create a quilted design, a quilted fabric block, a book containing quilted designs, or anything that incorporates the essence of a quilted item.

April

April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day. Suggestion: Create one or more haiga, a style of Japanese painting that incorporates haiku, usually about nature or the natural world, with the painting more suggestive of the subject of the haiku rather than a direct image of that subject. Check out Matsuo Basho, a great master of haiku and haiga, if you are interested.

May

The second Saturday of May (in 2022, May 14) is World Collage Day, initiated by Kolaj Magazine in 2018. Celebrate collage this month!

June

June 8 is Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth anniversary. You likely know about his houses and his graphic designs for home furnishings and windows. But did you know that in 1927 Wright created 12 graphic designs based on seasonal themes that were projected to be the covers each month on Liberty Magazine the following year? Sadly, the magazine never used the designs he created, but you can find examples by searching the internet for Wright’s September Desert, December Gifts, The Flag, Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers, and May Basket. Suggestion: Using colored pencil as Wright did (or whatever tool you prefer), create an abstract design of a favorite object.

July

Alexander Calder’s birth anniversary is July 22. He is famous for both mobiles and what he termed stabiles. Suggestion: Create an engineered 3D artful object that interests you.

August

The second Wednesday of August (in 2022, August 10) is World Calligraphy Day. Calligraphy is art in written form. Suggestions: Practice calligraphy styles you know and love, create your own calligraphic alphabet, or play with an illuminated or doodled letter.

September

In Great Britain, Epilepsy Action designates an annual National Doodle Day to garner financial support for its efforts to improve the lives of those with epilepsy. In 2022, September 3 is designated as National Doodle Day. Suggestion: Create one or more doodles this month.

October

October 24 is the feast day of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He is the patron saint of, among others, weavers. While many think of weaving as a yarn-based art, paper can be woven, too.

November

Georgia O’Keeffe’s birth anniversary is November 15. Many of us are familiar with her oeuvre. Suggestion: Create a piece of art in honor of O’Keeffe.

December

Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth anniversary is December 16. Suggestion: Create a piece of art with a component related to music.

BAG Meeting on Saturday, April 9

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 santafebag@gmail.com with your name and your email address.

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 1 pm to approximately 3 pm MST
Free; Open to the Public; All are Welcome

Agenda

  • Welcome and Announcements by President Linda Zwick
  • Round-Robin Art Journal Exchange Update by Cynthia Leespring
  • Art Journal Page and ATC/Rolo Swap Update by Ruth Anna Abigail
  • Making Natural Ink from Plants: A Presentation by Wendy Feldberg (see below)
  • Santa Fe Origins Project Update and Pop-Up Demo by Sally Blakemore
  • Community Announcements (calls for entry, upcoming exhibits and workshops, other highlights) by Attendees (2 minutes maximum, please)

Presentation: Making Natural Inks from Plants by Wendy Feldberg

Click on images to enlarge.

Wendy Feldberg will present on making natural inks from plants, and show examples of her work with those inks.

Wendy Feldberg lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the boreal eco zone. She creates painted, printed, and stitched art textiles, papers, and artist books on mostly botanical themes. She is always inspired by the beautiful landscapes and plant life, both wild and cultivated, of that rugged region of Canada.

Working with nature as a gardener and as an artist is one of the chief constants and consolations of Wendy’s life. Here printed and stitched textiles and papers, like scrolls, become botanical records of plants and their environments in every season.

Wendy’s basic method is to print and stitch on textiles and papers, embroidering by hand and machine. Her intention is to build up layers of colored marks to express feeling and concept with line, color, and texture. As well as painting marks on substrates with acrylics or natural dyes, Wendy uses eco printing, a monotype process that applies pigments from plants, soils, and minerals directly from plants onto natural fibers. Printing and dyeing with native plants from her garden and foraged from the local environment have become her special interest.

Wendy has been published internationally about eco printing, give occasional classes and presentations. She documents all aspects of her art adventures on the blog “Threadborne.” https://wendyfe.wordpress.com/tag/making-ink/ and https://www.wendyfeldberg.ca.

Art Opening April 1: Anything Goes in Albuquerque

This Friday, April 1: Anything Goes, a Show and Sale of Artwork and Artists’ Materials!

Anything Goes will be at the Tortuga Gallery from Friday, April 1, to Saturday, April 9, 2022. The gallery is open 11 am to 5 pm and is at 901 Edith Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, NM; (505) 948-8840; https://www.tortugagallery.org/. Santa Fe BAG and Libros members created the artwork.

The opening reception is tomorrow, Friday, April 1, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Please park on Pacific during events.

Exhibiting artists are:

Juliana Coles
Jacques Dorier
Paul Duggan
Esther Feske
Julie Filatoff
Adele Frances
Leah Gibbons
Annie Hooten
Cynthia Leespring
Susan Lord
Elizabeth McKee
Kate Padilla
Ginger Rice
Mita Saldaña
Beverly Tones
Julie Wagner
Nicole White
Karen Woolsey
Susan Wright

Artist Trading Card and Rolodex Card Swap

Five Artist Trading Cards
Artist Trading Cards by (clockwise from top left) Cynthia Leespring, Joyce Wood, Ruth Anna Abigail, Julie Filatoff, and Elayne Karickhoff. Click image to enlarge.

Hey, BAG members! Let’s swap Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and Rolodex Cards (Rolos)!

  • ATCs are 2.5” x 3.5” (vertical or horizontal—your choice)
  • Standard Rolos are 4” wide x approximately 2.5” high (depends on the die you’re using, etc.)
  • Large Rolos are 5” wide x 3” high

Sign up by the last day of the month (i.e., March 31, 2022). Ruth Anna Abigail will put you in a group of 3 or 4 people, and you will make one card for each person in your group. Mail your cards so that they arrive before the end of the next month. You will get back cards from all over!

To sign up, email Ruth Anna at raabigail@gmail.com (please put BAG in the subject line) and indicate which cards you want to trade (one, two, or all three):

  • ATCs
  • Standard Rolos
  • Large Rolos

Poetry Workshop on March 19 with Lauren Camp

The Surprising Form of Memory: Writing a Pantoum, a workshop with Lauren Camp

Saturday, March 19, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online via Zoom
$25 (BAG members); $30 (non-members)

The ancient pantoum is an ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers will have the chance to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before.

Lauren will offer brief historical background on the form, then lead students in an idea-generating exercise to produce raw material for each student’s unique pantoum. Students will begin to see the juxtaposition and reverberation of sound and themes. Excitement builds quickly as students follow the form through to its ending.

Open to all levels.

Lauren Camp has written creative nonfiction and poetry for magazines, newspapers and journals. Her fifth collection of poetry, Took House, was published by Tupelo Press in 2020.

Register here: https://santafebag.org/register-and-pay-for-lauren-camps-workshop/

Mail Art for 2022 Announced

12 in ’22: The Months of the Year

Mail ArtEach month you will create a 4×6 postcard (using cardstock) about anything that interests or inspires you about that month of the year. A holiday, a birthday of someone famous (or not), a feeling the month generates… whatever the month means to you.

Then email Linda Zwick (lindazwick55@yahoo.com) with your address before the third Saturday of the month. She will email you the name and address of your recipient the next week.

You have the entire month to work on your card. Please mail it to your mail art recipient by the end of the month. (For example, if you sign up in December for the January mail art, please mail your card by the end of January.)

Also email a photograph of your card to BAG (santafebag@gmail.com). These images will be used on social media, the BAG website, and occasional BAG slideshows. If you would prefer not to have your card exhibited in any of these venues, please just skip sending in an image.

Anything Goes! Adventures in Art

Anything GoesEach month at the Zoom member meeting (and in an eBlast the following week), BAG will introduce a new adventure. Create a piece of art, any size, shape, and with whatever materials you choose.

There is no assigned exchange involved in this project, so send to anyone you like or keep for yourself.

Please photograph and email an image of your creation to BAG (santafebag@gmail.com) by the end of the next month. As with Mail Art, your image may be used on social media, the BAG website, and for a Zoom presentation. Emailing an image serves as your permission for BAG to use this photo of your art.

The Anything Goes! Adventures in Art for January is:
“January 31 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.”

Two More Paper Engineering Projects

Today at the end of the BAG meeting Sally Blakemore will demonstrate two more paper engineering projects. This is part of an ongoing series for those working on the “Santa Fe Origins” collaborative book, and anyone interested in paper engineering.

First are the animated tabs and pulls. This mechanic operates with multiple slots through the front that contain items that lift when the tab is pulled down. Use it for any kind of reveal-and-conceal idea; for example, bugs under leaves or birds flying up or dancers or a village where the houses and the trees pop up.

You can add as many windows and struts as you wish.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

Click on the diagram to open it in a new window to download and print.

The second mechanic is the two-track wheel with two windows. This can be used for showing comparative things. In her example, Sally has humorously shown things you can accidentally run over with your car in New Mexico: snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, stink bugs, rabbits, chipmunks, ravens, beetles, and more. (Don’t worry, folks—it’s not real.)

Click on the diagram to open it in a new window to download and print.

Sally Blakemore’s Artwork in Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale

BAG Artist-in-Residence Sally Blakemore is one of 100 paper artists who were invited to submit their work to the 2021 Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale.

The theme of the Biennale is “Feasts on Paper,” focusing on paper as contemporary art against the backdrop of the pandemic. The Biennale opens September 25 and includes an exhibition, a seminar, an International resident creation project, and a series of cultural and artistic activities (theme handicraft workshops, on-site cultural activities, parallel exhibition, Environmental Art Market, etc.). The themes of the three exhibition areas will be intertextual, sharing faith, and strength for the global fight against the epidemic.

“The pandemic that began at the end of 2019 has sealed each individual in an independent space, while at the same time being engulfed in a closely related human community,” note the organizers. “This is an era full of various uncertainties and possibilities. Questions about oneself, the space, and the world are endless, and the meaning of existence and unbounded love emerge. We need paper art more than ever. As an outlet for expression and writing, it comes from life and is a daily poetry regained in the world’s great torrent, and it shows a great love that connects everyone while bringing hope to each other.

“The Biennale will present various thoughts of artists around the world concerning the epidemic, nature, life, promising hope, and great love. The paper that has always written history will continue to write in the form of contemporary art at this moment, taking the real-time picture of epidemics and the river of consciousness. At the same time, we are able to swim through the cold winter and head toward the next spring, along with the soft-yet-tough power of paper.”

Sally’s book is “History Mountain,” which she describes as a “matriarchal/patriarchal look at human adaptation to change, both gradual change and catastrophic change.” The book contains four spreads; on the back of each is a visual warning or subtext to the topic in the spread.

  • Spread 1—PreHistory represents the Earth before technology. A humanoid emerges on the right wearing a spiritual costume.
  • Spread 2—Discovery of Fire represents the power of control and the resources found in this discovery of energy. How to use it is the real education and the responsibility it requires.
  • Spread 3—When a Bird Saw an Airplane is the view through Nature’s eyes. How long does Nature take to adapt to human-made detours and inventions?
  • Spread 4—Technological Blight represents a positive thing in a blighted world: that humans continue to search for beauty and energy. These include beauty products, commodified for markets, and found beauty, which is free to the self-educated and in the eye of the beholder.

The materials that Sally sued include watercolor, handmade papers, inks, acrylics, photocopies, acetate, jute, paint, Tyvek, Mylar, fabric, cover board, and tape. Her cutting methods include laser, plotter, hand cutting, and paper engineering. (Click on images below to enlarge; use back arrow to return to this page.)

Sally drew her inspiration from authors and cultures:

  • Oliver Sacks (Migraine, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) was a brain specialist and author who wrote case histories on brain anomalies like migraine aura and how resilient and flexible the brain really is.
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and Homo Erectus.
  • Work of the Dead by Thomas W. Laqueur is an astonishing history of human remains, just how they were disposed of and made sacred, from the Neanderthal to modern humans. Burials reveal so much of how cultures adapt and change.
  • Stiff, a book by Mary Roach, is a modern look and an update onthe understanding of remains and their value to science and art.
  • The Chinese Blue Willow Legend as shown on the manufactured dinner plate porcelain.

Here’s the video of the opening day (Sally’s book is shown at :55): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COenD4jBdc0. There may be additional videos on the YouTube channel later: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLgGLrI1wlLgpDwcdxXhYzQ.

The Biennale is under the guidance of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, the Organizing Committee of the Oriental Beauty Valley Art Festival, and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, with several sponsors including the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists. For more information visit https://www.paperartbiennale.org.cn/.

Ann Kresge: Places/Spaces Exhibit Catalog

BAG member Ann Kresge’s exhibit, Places/Spaces, is no longer up at the Remarque Print Workshop gallery, but we are fortunate that the gallery has the pieces in an online catalog, which you can view here: https://www.remarqueprintshop.com/placesspaces-ann-kresge.html.

“This retrospective exhibition is composed of work inspired by a sense of place,” Ann said. “Many of these prints and artists’ books were created on site in these places and spaces.

“I am fascinated by people’s connection to geography. The patterns and impressions of places I have worked, lived, and visited inspire my art. These places include India, Japan, China, Egypt, Argentina, and throughout the US. Rock formations, caves, canyons, earth’s rims and edges compel me. I think about ideas, forces and people gathering and dispersing.

“As a contemporary printmaker and book artist I think in paper, pattern, series, sequence, layers, and interiors. I explore my sense of place in painting, drawing, and printmaking. My artists’ books are collaborations with poets and storytellers. I am interested in collaboration, interarts and books as objects.”

Here’s just one of Ann’s pieces. Be sure to click the link above to see the entire exhibition.

Shadow Play | Ann Kresge | Limited-edition artist’s book | 14″x18″x1″

Poetry Posts at SFCC

When you’re on the Santa Fe Community College campus, be sure to look for the poetry posts. Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson, along with Miriam Sagan (who originated the posts), will curate 12 poets in the next 24 months, ending June 30, 2023. Expect a gathering of voices and some fresh poetry. There are 10 posts for a walkable literary experience.

The inaugural installation is poetry by Elizabeth Jacobson, to celebrate her appointment, and is up through August 31, 2021.

Poetry post on SFCC campus.

Community Project: Origins in Mud

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”
― Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Artist-in-Residence Sally Blakemore and Community Projects Liaison Barb Macks are spearheading an amazing project, and you, as a BAG member, can be part of its creation. “Santa Fe: Origins in Mud” is sponsored by Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG) in cooperation with the Palace Press at the Palace of the Governors/Santa Fe History Museum and El Zaguan (located on Canyon Road and part of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation).

“Origins in Mud” is an interactive, paper-engineered book celebrating Santa Fe’s multi-cultural diversity and reflecting the origins of a society that literally grew out of the Southwest mud. The book consists of five spreads, each page being 15” wide by 20.5” high with 1” spines. When it is extended flat it will be 12.5’ long, dense with interactive flaps that engage the viewer to explore the hidden treasures. The mechanical paper forms will lift, pop up, rise, and unfold, reveal and conceal, or unfold and extend when the viewer opens a page. Architectural details will be cut into the papers with further details added.

Prototype of “Santa Fe: Origins in Mud.” Click image to open larger in another window.

For the exhibit at El Zaguan in Spring 2022, we envision a dark, empty gallery with a 20-foot-long table in the middle of the room. Under the table a wooden trough will contain all of the incredible colors of earth in the region, from yellow ochre clays to green sand to red earth. The actual earth will ground the brown colors in the handmade Lokta/Abaca papers created for the project by Tom Leech of the Palace Press.

The book is designed to be viewed in 360 degrees. Visitors will use flashlights to see inside and through the structures. From the back, painted rooms and silhouetted human life will create shadows that live in the paper as the light moves.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of artists with skill in many disciplines to make this book a reality. Sally and Barb will hold in-person workshops for 2 or 3 people beginning in September.

Below is a description of each spread; the * and bold text indicates that artists are needed to create this piece.  If you would like to create a piece, contact Sally at artyprojects@cybermesa.com right away.

1. The “Oldest” House

  • Corn stalks and river, inside flap painted with workers planting and showing corn
  • Foods made with corn, beans, squash, meat, and peppers *
  • Medicine bag of curandera herbs and sage *
  • Inside of the “Oldest” House (seen from the back): people and belongings and working with other people *
  • Vegetation to be added to the spreads, trees, bushes, flowers *
  • Fauna and flora of New Mexico *
  • Beaded and embroidered cloth map of El Camino Royale *
  • Ravens (The Raven’s Tale is a small book based on an Indigenous story but a modern book based on what the ravens observed for 10,000 years) *

The origins of this house reside in the relationship between the Catholic church and the curanderas of Mexico. The architects were the Aztec (Tlaxcalan) from Mexico City who set the standard for early building in New Mexico. The Urrutia map of 1766-68 shows a structure near the San Miguel Chapel in the approximate position of this house. It is believed that it was built by hand from mud and trees found in the area and constructed on top of an ancient footing from an Indigenous village underneath it. Tree-ring specimens taken from some of the vigas in the lower rooms’ ceilings show cutting dates of 1740-67. The house remains a unique remnant of the type of building once prevalent in the city—part Indigenous, part Spanish, low-ceilinged and rugged, with dirt floors and thick adobe walls.

2. San Miguel Chapel

  • Tlaxcalan (Aztec) builders *
  • Moorish Matachine Dancers on the plaza in front of the chapel *
  • Interior painting showing the altar and seating *
  • Pop-up of unique bell made in Spain and rung against the Moors *
  • Adobe and rammed-earth building components and hornos *
  • Ravens

The chapel was built around 1610 and is recognized as the oldest church in the United States. It is believed that it was constructed by Tlaxcalan people (Apaches) who came to New Mexico from old Mexico in 1598. In its early years, the church served a small group of Tlaxcalans, laborers, and Spanish soldiers who lived in this area. The church was partially destroyed in 1640, then reconstructed but severely damaged again during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. In 1955, a major restoration uncovered the original dirt floor and sanctuary steps that can be seen today.

3. St. Francis Cathedral and Original Chapel

  • Conquistadora portrait and story of rescue to El Paso during the revolt *
  • Altar and candles
  • Relic case with acetate window*
  • Pet Parade
  • Rose Window and Dove Window
  • Finger Labyrinth cut from handmade paper on the flap of the Pet Parade
  • Sculptures on the plaza: St. Francis, Corn Maiden, Dancing Maiden
  • Ravens
  • Cross of the Martyrs

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi was built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older adobe church. Influenced by the French-born Archbishop Lamy and in dramatic contrast to the surrounding adobe structures, the Cathedral was designed in the Romanesque Revival style. The concurrence of the soil and color at the Cathedral is echoed in this passage from Frank Waters’ People of the Valley:

“Before her, fresh plastered, new-adobe Santa Gertrudes shimmered in the hot afternoon. The walls of Bishop Lamy’s new church rose clean ash-grey with adobe brought from Guadalupita. Behind it, chattering like a flock of blackbirds, the Sisters of Loretto watched their convent school being given its first coat of yellow tierra amarilla. In the row of stores, trading posts, and cantinas, Maria recognized the relumbroso from the red clay banks around Turquillo. And north and south, the scattered adobes reflected white and clay-blue from Cañoncito and Chacón. It was a single village street sprawled along the winding, rutted road between the pine hills and the cottonwoods lining the river. But with its colors the girls saw in it all the clay banks and canyons, the hills and chalk cliffs of the one long valley she wandered from end to end.”

4. La Fonda Hotel

  • The Ghost Fountain and story of the casino days (pop-up flap) *
  • Inside La Plazuela restaurant, with its painted windows *
  • La Titilla Peak in various light and seasons
  • Trees in the vicinity *
  • Ravens
  • Roof bar showing Titilla Peak and Caldera
  • Flamenco scene and Mariachis

City of Santa Fe records indicate that La Fonda sits on the site of the town’s first inn, established when the city was founded by Spaniards in 1607, making it the oldest hotel corner in America. In 1821, Captain William Becknell and his party found their way to La Fonda during the maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri, establishing the Santa Fe Trail. The structure today was built in 1922 and features the influence of architects Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and John Gaw Meem. In this book La Fonda represents an end-of-the-trail place of welcome (bienvenidos) and hospitality. It existed as a casino and brothel for many years at the edge of the St. Francis Cathedral, highlighting the contrast between sanctity and sanctified partying.

5. The Palace of the Governors

  • Plaza flap with another flap of the obelisk as it was and toppled *
  • Note about the Time Capsule *
  • Low Rider Parade with low riders in the accordion fold
  • Festivals around a suggested bandstand *
  • Baumann House *
  • Pop up of Tom Leech and the Palace Press letterpress *

As Spain’s seat of government for what is today the American Southwest, the Palace of the Governors’ adobe structure is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. In the following years, the Palace changed hands as the territory of New Mexico did, seeing the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Spanish reconquest from 1693 to 1694, Mexican independence in 1821, and finally American possession in 1848. This piece of architecture holds our ancient mud history along with more modern histories. The seduction of the pristine Southwestern land preserved by Indigenous people is a planetary experience grounded in culture and mud. Indigenous hunter-gatherers came from Mexico City in search of water. Santa Fe was considered a cornucopia because of the Rio Grande and the Santa Fe River at San Isidro Crossing. The City was born from the dust of the Santa Fe Trail. Trains created larger markets for travelers, establishing the tourist economy.

Book Arts Bugs Abound at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Thanks to BAG members Sally Blakemore, Barb Macks, Helen Fabel, and Lynn Grimes, Santa Fe kids are going to look at bugs in a whole new way. Recently the four artists decorated two windows at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum: one with Nature Bugs and one with Urban Bugs.

“The installations are a wildly diverse experiment using materials as inspiration,” said Sally. “We created a Mylar ‘waterfall’ filled with bugs made from repurposed cookbooks from Kitchenality and Barb’s Tyvek color experiments.”

While working on the installation, the team heard that Eric Carle died. “Eric was a beloved children’s writer and illustrator who created bugs from paper and was one of our heroes of children’s publishing,” explained Sally, “so we dedicated the whole Bug exhibit to his memory.” The 91-year-old author was best known for his book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

The BAG Bug Team also created kits for the Museum’s Garden Camp that starts in June.

The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is at 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505; visit https://santafechildrensmuseum.org/ or call (505) 989-8359 for more information. The bug windows are in the Lego building and will be on exhibit through September 2021.

Here are a few photos of the Bug Team at work.

Two Pop-Up Designs by Sally Blakemore

Sally Blakemore, BAG’s Artist-in-Residence, will be demonstrating pop-up engineering at the BAG member meeting on Saturday, April 10, 2021. She will do this because it’s fun, but also to help those who are interested in being part of the “City of Mud” large pop-up book project. Here are two of Sally’s designs. Click on the image to open in a new tab.

Update: Pantone Postcard Project: Mail Art 2017-2019

Many of you are familiar with BAG’s new book published in fall 2020, documenting the Pantone Postcard Mail Art project. But what you may not know is how we came up with the idea.

On Valentine’s Day  2013, Emily Martin, professor at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, was given a box of 100 Pantone postcards by her sister. On the one hand she thought she would like to keep the collection intact—“pristine and complete,” but on the other hand, “I wanted them to be used.”

Her inclination to have people do something creative with these cards won out. So on her Facebook page she posted a request for volunteers to receive these postcards, respond to the color in their own ways, and mail them back. In 17 hours, all the cards had been claimed. She mailed them in April 2014, and the 100 cards came back that fall, each individually treated by 100 people.

In 2017 Emily published a book of all 100 cards. The BAG mail art co-chairs got wind of the project, and thought it would be fun to use the idea for our monthly mail art exchange. Emily generously gave her permission.

With 54 BAG members participating, we got so excited we made not just 100, but 200 cards! In fall 2020, BAG’s own compilation of Pantone postcards came out in book form, and Douglass Rankin mailed a copy of the book to Emily. In January she replied:

Dear Douglass,

I was finally in the office at school and picked up my mail. What a treat to find the Santa Fe BAG Pantone postcard project catalog! Well done. You have a wonderfully active group out there. I hope you are keeping well, fingers crossed for vaccines soon for everyone.

My best to you,

Emily

Copies of the BAG Pantone Postcard  book are available from the Blurb Bookstore:

https://www.blurb.com/b/10438615-pantone-postcard-project

Thanks go to Emily https://emilymartin.com/, Greg Berg, Barb Macks, Gail Murray, Douglass Rankin, and the BAG board of directors for inspiring, supporting, and instigating the project, and putting together the book. And a special thanks to the BAG artists who created the exceptional Pantone postcards.

Challenge: Books with Fabric and Fibers

Throughout this year the BAG board is challenging the members to create something, then photograph it and send it to BAG. We’ll post it here on the website and on social media.  Challenges and challengers so far (click links to see the results): Holiday Greeting Cards by Liz Faust, Valentines by Ashisha, and Postage Stamps by Linda Zwick (due Wednesday, March 31, 2021; click here for submission details).

Books with Fabrics and Fibers Challenge

BAG Vice President Julie Filatoff is challenging BAG members to make a book using fabric and/or fibers. The percentage of fabric/fiber content is not important; use as much or as little as you wish. The book can be any structure you like, from simple to complex.

Take one or more photographs of your book–or even a short video–and email to julie@jirafstudio.com no later than Friday, April 30, 2021. (If you’re sending a video, email Julie separately to ensure she received it.)

To inspire you, here are a few artists who work with fiber/fabrics:

Sharon McCartney

Ro Bruhn

Ingrid Dijkers

Frances Pickering

Paula Hertfordshire

DJ Pettit

Yuko Kimura

Susan Hart Henegar

Julie Filatoff (shown above: Both Sides Now)

A Pandemic Remembrance

BAG member Austa Oliver created a greeting to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. “I want to wish all BAG members well as we have just finished a year of hibernating,” explained Austa. “I made the word cloud (below) at the beginning…on 3-12-2020. And on 3-12-2021, I decided the part about changing my age number! Just a thought, as we all think about how long this has all been going on.”

See Austa’s artwork below. (If you’re receiving this via email, click on the title of this post–A Pandemic Remembrance, above–to view it in a web browser.)

Valentines by BAG Members

What a talented, loving bunch of people are BAG members! We received photos of more than 50 valentines from these artists: Ruth Anna Abigail, Monica Andersen, Tracy Armagost, Ashisha, Sally Blakemore, Kim Burkholder, Jill Cowley, Andrea Cypress, Freya Diamond, Liz Faust, Julie Filatoff, Leah Gibbons, Cathleen Higgins, Marjie Kamine, Cynthia Leespring, Elizabeth McKee, Pat Moses, Mavis Murphy, Gail Murray, Austa Oliver, Victoria Rabinowe, Douglass Rankin, Helen Spielman, Susan Surprise, Kim Walter, and Amy Thompson West.

Click on any image to start the slideshow. Click the < or > arrows to advance; click X to close. You can also view a .pdf document with artists’ names here (large file).

Why BAG? A Visual Explanation

At the December 2020 membership meeting, Kim Burkholder led us in an exercise to create a “Word Cloud” by submitting words/terms of what comes to mind when we think of BAG, or what we are thankful for about BAG. She used the tool at Menti.com, and the larger the word and more centrally located, the more people submitted it.

Below is a screenshot; click to enlarge. You can also see it by clicking here.

Why BAG? A Word Cloud

2020 Year-End Greeting Card Project

Because we won’t be able to gather in person at our Annual Meeting on December, we asked BAG members to send their year-end greetings digitally.

We’ll continue to update this page as we receive more cards, so check back!

Click on any image to start the slideshow. Click on the < and > arrows to go forward and backward. Use the X to close the window and come back to this post.