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Workshop: Scroll Books on Spools

Scroll books on spools by Cynthia Leespring

Why should you register for the Scroll Books on Spools workshop, to be held on Sunday, April 15?

  • You’ll learn new techniques and work with new tools that you can incorporate into your regular book arts practice.
  • You’ll choose the color palette–muted, dark, bright–and the content (if any).
  • Many of the supplies will be provided for you.  For the most part, you just have to show up with several colors of acrylic paint–ANY acrylic paint.  (See full supply list, sent to attendees by the instructor.)
  • It’s affordable–$80 for a one-day workshop.
  • It will be a fun day and a great way to usher in Spring!

Members Only
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm
Santa Fe Community College, Fine Arts Building, Room 710
Instructor: Julie Filatoff

Scroll books on spools by Ruth Anna Abigail.

In this workshop students will be given the raw materials with which to create several small scroll books on the theme(s) of their choosing. We’ll start by applying acrylic paint in a thin, quick-drying layer in an analogous colorway on strips of printmaking paper, then create layers with various mark-making tools. We will then apply paint to papier maché boxes. We will bind the strips to the wooden thread spools after discussing the options for theme(s), text/no text, paper/fabric/both, etc. Although we will use thread spools, this structure lends itself to many themes and interpretations. The instructor will supply the box, spools, and paper; and a large selection of mark-making tools. Students will bring paint plus any artist-made/artist-decorated papers and ephemera they would like to include, and of course the usual bookbinding kit. (A detailed supply list will be sent upon registration.)

Fee: $80. Maximum students: 12. To register, send a check for the full amount, payable to BAG, to Laura Wait, 108 Calle Francisca, Santa Fe, NM 87507, and email Laura at to let her know you’d like to register.

Introduction to Book Arts Series

Introduction to Book Arts with Pam MacKellar is a series of three classes introducing the basics of bookbinding for artists. It will be held on three consecutive Saturdays (August 4, 11, and 18, 2018), from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Santa Fe Community College in Room 710 (Book Arts Room), and is open to members of BAG.

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, postmarked no earlier than May 1, 2018. For more information, contact Laura Wait at

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen to Speak at SFCC on March 12

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is the guest speaker on Monday, March 12, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Santa Fe Community College Board Room. She will speak about her work, which explores issues of identity and corporeality. Her handbound books are created from artist-made papers.

Erica received the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for her piece The Love Affair. Her work has been featured in publications such as FiberArts, Surface Design Journal, American Craft, Hand Papermaking Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She currently teaches at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Artisan Materials Expo: Registration Open

The 2018 Artisan Materials Expo spans 4 days, including 120 workshops that cover 17+ media (including book arts, calligraphy, and mixed media). Participants can learn new techniques from top-notch, world-class instructors, and expand their horizons and try something they’ve never tried before. Workshops will be held from Thursday, September 27, through Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Buffalo Thunder Resort just north of Santa Fe.

Admission is free to the Expo Vendor area, which features 80 booths of manufacturers and distributors of artists’ materials. The materials will be for sale at greatly discounted prices and the manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to answer technical questions. The vendor floor hours are: 10 am to 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Enjoy continuous free demonstrations of technique and materials and artistry on stage in the demo area during the vendor floor hours.

For more information, visit

Valentine’s Day Sale Sunday, February 4

BAG members Alex Fischer, Ashisha, Sally Blakemore, Liz Paterson, and Gail Murray are holding their 3rd annual Valentine’s Day Sale. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary on New Mexico State Highway 14 in Santa Fe. Cash or checks payable to Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary will be accepted; no credit cards. See flyer below.

Boundless: An Exhibition of Artist Books

Boundless, an exhibition of experimental artist-made books, including an art zine selection curated by Marya Errin Jones, curator at The Tannex and Founder/Co-producer of ABQ Zine Fest.

Artists (which include BAG members): Adrián Aguilera, Neal Ambrose-Smith, Carolina Arellanos, Tracy Armagost, Axle Contemporary, Alicia Bailey, Mariona Barkus, Sonia Boyce, Bread & Puppet Theatre (Peter Schumann), David Byrne, Cornelius Cardew, Candice Corgan, RoseMary Crawford, Anna Crowell, Lenka Clayton, Erin Currier, Jeffrey Dell, Joey Fauerso, Christian Michael Filardo, Anne Gilman, Caitlin Grann, Angelo Harmsworth, Candace Hicks, Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Rand Huebsch, Zita Klaphake, Jane Lackey, Ted Laredo, Taller Lenateros, Sol LeWitt, Jessamyn Lovell, Betelhem Makonnen, Sabra Moore, Pamela MacKellar, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Bruce Nauman, Jason Nolan, Valerie Roybal, Ed Ruscha, Alyce Santoro, Felipe Steinberg, Clarissa Sligh, Richard Tuttle, Claudia X. Valdes, Jamie Vandenberg/Contemporary Artistic Technologies, Bethany Wood, Kate Wood, Tamara Zibners.

Saturday, January 27, through Saturday, March 10, 2018

Central Features Contemporary Art, 514 Central Avenue SW, Suite 2, Albuquerque, NM 87102; phone  505-252-9983. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm

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Salon: 2018 Paper Planner

The Traveler’s Notebook, a salon with Cyn Leespring and Julie Filatoff

In this four-hour salon/workshop you’ll create a Traveler’s Notebook (TN), which you can use as a planner, sketchbook, journal, art journal, scrapbook, study guide, and so much more. Thanks to easily changeable inserts, you can use your TN for more than one purpose. All you need to bring is a short list of bookbinding tools; materials will be supplied.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
At the home/studio of Julie Filatoff in Santa Fe (SFCC area)
Minimum students: 4. Maximum students: 8.
$30 (includes lots of supplies); must be a current BAG member

If the Traveler’s Notebook is new to you, please read this post:

Questions? Please contact Julie Filatoff,, or Cyn Leespring,

Let’s start the new year by creating our own versions of a Traveler’s Notebook!