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Book Arts Exhibit in San Diego

San Diego Book Arts presents its 2017-2018 Collaborative Art Project Opening Exhibit:


San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery | 7250 Mesa College Drive | D101 directly across from LRC
Monday, July 16–Friday, August 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 5 pm-8 pm

Purchase your Postmark, San Diego catalog at the show or order online:

Note: Parking is free during the Opening Reception in Lot 10, which is closest to the Art Gallery. The most direct access is from Genesee Avenue onto Marlesta Drive and then enter the campus on the first right. Follow the entrance road to the right up the hill and around a curve to Lot 10.

Gallery hours are Tues, Thurs, Sat 11 am-4 pm. Evening hours on Thurs 4 pm-8 pm and by appointment, by calling the school at (619) 388-2829.

Cover of the show catalog

By Ann Schwartzwald

By Gretchen Hiegel

Two Book Arts Workshops at Artisan Materials Expo

Two book arts workshops are part of the lineup of educational events offered at the 2018 Artisan Materials Expo.

The popular biennial event is sponsored by the Artisan Art Supply Stores in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It will be held from Thursday, September 27, through Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Buffalo Thunder Resort, just north of Santa Fe. Over the four days there will be 120 workshops in more than a dozen media, including book arts.

The sewn-over-tapes book.

BAG member Julie R. Filatoff will teach the two book arts workshops. The Sewn-Over-Tapes Book workshop will be Friday, September 28, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and beginners are welcome. Each student will leave the workshop with a versatile, multi-signature, hardcover book, approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches, with a beautiful exposed spine. The workshop fee is $94 plus tax.

The star book.

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, September 28, Filatoff will teach the Star Book (also known as a Carousel Book). The Star Book creates a star shape when opened and secured with the attached ribbon. When closed, the three (or more) layers of each signature neatly fold up on themselves and it looks like a “normal” book. The workshop is geared toward intermediate to advanced book artists, and the fee is $94 plus tax.

“There are three things I love about the Artisan Expo,” said Julie. “First, workshop students just walk in with an apron, a notebook, a pen, and an adventurous spirit, because all other materials are supplied. Second, the Expo vendor area features 80 booths of artists’ materials at greatly discounted prices. Third, manufacturers’ representatives staff those booths and can answer your technical questions and demonstrate the products. It’s a not-to-be-missed event for all artists.”

For more information, visit

Registration Open: Calligraphy Workshop September 15

Registration is now open for this workshop.

Pointed Endeavors: Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy,
a workshop with Bill Kemp

Members Only
Saturday, September 15, 9 am to 4 pm
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (enter on Washington Street)

This one-day workshop is the perfect introduction to calligraphy and the pointed pen, and also an extension of the experienced calligrapher’s repertoire. Participants will be introduced to ink and the oblique pen holder, using the pointed nib to create the thick and thin lines of “Engrosser’s Script.” These strokes will lead to the creation of compound curves and flourishes that are lots of fun and can enhance any style of hand lettering.

Bill will provide an instruction manual and paper for each participant. Participants will need to bring three items:

  1. One Nikko G nib (item #N113), $1.55
  2. One Peerless/Ziller Oblique Holder (Item #H48), $13.50
  3. One bottle of McCafferey’s Penman’s Ink (Item #I37), $7.75

All three of these supplies are available from John Neal Bookseller ( and their item numbers are in parentheses after the item (above). If you would like to be part of a group order for these items, please send $25 extra with your check,  also payable to BAG. This will save on shipping and convenience.

To register, send a check for $80, payable to BAG (or $105 total if you want to order the three items above), to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, postmarked no earlier than July 1, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at

Beginning Book Artist? Start Here!

This class is full. Please contact Laura Wait (info at the bottom of this page) to be placed on the waitlist.

Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar:
A series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists

Members Only
Three consecutive Saturdays (August 4, 11, and 18, 2018), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Room 710 (Book Arts Room)

This workshop series is designed for people who have no experience in bookbinding or those who would like to review some simple structures and techniques to use in their bookmaking. Knowing the basics will help you to express yourself artistically in a book format. You will complete 2-3 books at each session.

Week 1: Folding and Gluing. You will learn basic folding and gluing techniques, how to cover boards, basic bookbinding terms, following folding diagrams, and tools to include in a basic bookbinding toolkit. You will make an accordion book, a single-sheet book, and a diamond-fold book.

Week 2: Sewing. You will learn how to determine hole placement, make hole templates, punch holes for sewing, and follow basic sewing diagrams. You will make a 3-hole pamphlet, a 5-hole pamphlet, and Japanese stab binding.

Week 3: Non-Traditional Structures. You will learn two non-traditional structures using the skills you have already learned: a flag book and a skewer book. You will be encouraged to think about how to express your ideas using traditional and non-traditional bookmaking techniques.

Fee: $130 for the series, which includes the materials fee. Maximum students: 10. Tool list will be sent upon registration. To register, send a check for $130, payable to BAG, to
Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507. For more information, contact Laura Wait at

Few Spots Left: Inventing Your Own Alphabet

There are only a few spots left for this workshop, so register today!

Inventing Your Own Alphabet, a workshop with Randall Hasson

Members Only
Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm
New Mexico History Museum Classroom, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

The goal of this one-day workshop is to develop an approach to lettering skills and personal alphabets through the study of basic lettering principles. Participants will then experiment and refine individual lettering in class.

We will start the morning learning essential information about lettering tools and using them to make marks. We then begin construction of individual glyphs/characters that will eventually become our personal alphabet letters. Then we will create a cohesive plan for our alphabets by identifying underlying shapes and unique characteristics by analyzing size, weight, slope, and texture. With those elements identified, we will work on exercises using guide sheets and freehand, familiarizing ourselves with making these letters.

In the afternoon, we will build upon analysis of specific internal characteristics of students’ alphabets. We will try different tools to alter letterforms, then refine those forms even further, culminating in the creation of a final personal alphabet.

Class Size: Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $80. To register, send a check for $80, payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507. For more information, contact Laura Wait at

Upcoming Albuquerque Art Workshops, 2018-2019

Annie Hooten has several well-known instructors coming to Albuquerque to teach workshops throughout 2018 and 2019.  For more information, contact her at, and follow her on Instagram at #hootenannieart & #hootenannieartworkshops.

Ingrid Dijkers
May 26 & 27, 2018
The Vintage Bark Cloth Journal
Personal Translations Journal

Tejae Floyde
July 21 & 22, 2018
Polymer Clay Mixed-Media Encased Hearts

Lisa Renner
September 14 & 15, 2018
Bird Peeps and Faux Enamel Disc Necklace

Orly Avineri
February 27 – March 2, 2019
Facial Expressions/Alternative Visual Journaling

Carol Simmons
Mokume Gane
March 30 & 31, 2019
Master Cane
April 6-12, 2019

Carol Simmons & Maureen Carlson
May 4-10, 2019
Floral Dreamscapes &

Doreen Kassel
Title TBA
September 21 & 22, 2019

Jodi Ohl
Title TBA
Dates to be finalized – likely 2020

Upcoming Workshops: Raven Art Center in Albuquerque

Upcoming workshops at Raven Art Center, 301 Washington Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108; call 505.204.1437 or email

Photo Album with Concertina Spine with Mita Saldana: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 9 am – 2 pm.

Drawing Perspective – 101: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm. $39 (supply list emailed upon registration); $39 for one class or $99 for 4 classes; Spring Special – First class for only $25

Drawing Nature – 101: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 12  noon – 3 pm (Location TBA). $39 (supply list emailed upon registration); $39 for one class or $99 for 4 classes; Spring Special – First class for only $25

Movement, Meditation & Expressive Art: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm; Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm. Gentle Movement, Oracle Card Reading, Meditation & Expressive Art. Normally $39; Early Bird $29

Watercolor 101: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2 pm – 6 pm; Saturday, May 26, 2018, 3 pm – 7 pm. Normally $45; Early Bird $39. All Materials Included

Watercolor 101 & 102: Sunday, May 27, 2018, 2 pm – 8 pm. $75; Early Bird $59

Painting Fearlessly: Friday, May 18, 1 pm – 3 pm; Friday, May 25, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm.  $39 per class or $99 for a set of 4 classes; Spring Special – only $25 each class. All materials included

Art Journaling: Saturday, April 19, 2018; 4pm – 7pm. $45 – Includes Art Journal and Supplies

Bullet Journaling – The Art of Organization: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm. Normally $45; Early Bird = $39. Includes Journal