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Monthly Meetings

The Next Meeting:


Bookmaking Workshop  taught by Gretchen Hiegel
Wednesday, Jan. 17th 4 to 6 p.m.

Pacific Beach Library
4275 Cass Street, San Diego

In this 2-hour class Gretchen will teach two book binding techniques. The first, the Perfect Binding, solves the problem of creating a book block from single sheets of paper. And it's simple!  Utilizing paper cut to the same size and PVA glue, you can “seam” your book together without stitches.  An added benefit is that this book block allows for a variety of covers – soft to hard bound. The second, explores the versatility of an Accordion Fold by creating the spine for single sheets of paper that builds your book block.  This is the method used for Flag books. The added benefit of this spine is in controlling the size of your books. This spine allows for a single flag, or multiple flags.  It also can be stitched, glued or left open, and can accommodate a variety of covers.

This is a great workshop for CAP members to use in binding your 4” x 6” postcards together into a book format. Also perfect for bookmaking, journaling, and so much more.


To Register: email Laurel Moorhead:
Class Fee: FREE and open to the whole community
Class Limit: 10 students. Please RSVP quickly to guarantee your space.
Tools and Supplies to Bring: bone folder, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, paintbrush or sponge brush for applying glue. Gretchen will share different paper weights/sizes and any forgotten tools. Also bring any papers you would like to experiment with for both the pages and the accordion fold. All additional materials provided. 

Coming Soon:


Bookmaking Workshop  taught by Gina Pisello
Wednesday, February 8
, 4 to 6 p.m.
Cardiff Library
2081 Newcastle Avenue, Cardiff

In this 2-hour class two binding methods will be taught. The first, “Beauty in Use,” is an accordion folded bookbinding; a versatile structure created by Claire Van Vliet. This binding requires some folding, measuring, and cutting skills. You will make a sample binding that fits 4 x 6 inch pages (or postcards). The second is a “Crown Binding Book,” a fun structure created by Hedi Kyle. This binding requires some folding and taping skills. All paper will be provided along with templates and written directions for this binding structure. You should leave this class with the knowledge to make this book at home. There will be a number of sample books to look at during the workshop. They will give you some ideas for using this binding style.

This is a great workshop for CAP members who are designing their postcards. Also perfect for bookmaking, journaling, and so much more.


To Register: email Laurel Moorhead:
Class Fee: FREE and open to the whole community
Class Limit: 10 students. Please RSVP quickly to guarantee your space.
Tools and Supplies to Bring bone folder, awl, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat, scoring tool, pencil. All additional materials provided.


Join fellow SDBA members, guests, and members of the public on a Wednesday each month for an evening of collaboration and socializing. Meetings are held from 4 to 6 p.m. at public libraries alternating between central San Diego and North County. It's a place to trade tips, information about exhibitions and book arts resources, and enjoy fun activities. You may also bring dinner or snacks if you wish.

And don’t forget The Unfinished Object (UFO) salon. Bring anything you're working on, want to share with others, or need advice on.  We will have tables set up to work while you chat with other book artists. This is a time to get together to share, inspire each other, and do some creative problem solving if you have a project that’s stuck.

These monthly meetings were begun in November 2016 as a new benefit for members and those in the community who are interested in learning about book arts. They are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month, alternating between two libraries, one in central San Diego and the other in North County.

Quarterly Potlucks

Four times a year, food and friendship bring San Diego book Arts members together in a private home to enjoy the special pleasure of spending time with other artists. Past programs have focused on members' sketchbooks and showing the books made by Over the Moon participants from the reproduced pages. No two were alike and the creativity was astonishing. Recently, attendees brought the first and most recent books they've made. It turns out that some SDBA members have been making books from a very early age.



Collaborative Projects

New Collaborative Art Project for 2018
Mail Art Postcards

UPDATE: September 13, 2017

The CAP steering committee just met and we want to update you on our project and remind you of upcoming deadlines and opportunities. At this point in the process you should be creating and mailing out postcards with San Diego County landmarks as your theme. Postcards should be mailed by the end of the year. Please remember to put the following information on the back of each postcard:

Your name
Edition number (ex. 3 of 40) etc.
Date (optional)

We have selected three titles for the project from those submitted. Please choose your favorite one and vote by emailing Gina at with your choice.

1. Send Me San Diego
2. Postmark San Diego
3. Put a Stamp on it San Diego

We are planning two book making workshops for January and February at the monthly library meetings. There will be more information about that in upcoming newsletters. We are still finalizing the dates and types of structures to offer. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch.

Please plan to attend the November 19th potluck as we will be sharing information about the CAP project and answering any questions you may have about the process. Bring book structures you think would work for CAP to share with the rest of the group.

Here are the important dates and information you should be using to work on your postcards:

November 19 potluck to share ideas for the project
Before the end of December - mail out postcards
January and February - workshops on book structures
Summer/Fall 2018 exhibit finished books containing all of the postcards.

You should have received the final mailing list and address label pdf in July. Please email ( if you didn't receive it and check your email regularly for updates. Several people have dropped out of the project..


CAP Ways and Means Committee, from left, Gina Pisello, Yvonne Davis, Janis Reeser, Nancy Fisher, Linda Faulkner, and Gretchen Hiegel.

CAP Ways and Means Committee, from left, Gina Pisello, Yvonne Davis, Janis Reeser, Nancy Fisher, Linda Faulkner, and Gretchen Hiegel.

Project Goals

The purpose of any CAP is to bring SDBA members together to work on a common art project.  This helps to build community and foster friendships which encourage SDBA members to actively participate in the organization.  Recent past projects have included Over the Moon CAP 2016 and Artist Trading Cards 2011.

The Committee has chosen MAIL ART for CAP 2018. Each participant will create an original art POSTCARD for each participant/group and one additional copy for SDBA to document the event.  Postcards could be, but are not required to be, identical and all postcards must follow the selected theme. Upon receipt of all postcards, participants will make them into a book.

Project Rules

Theme:  Favorite San Diego County Landmarks

The Card:
Postcards must meet size and physical restrictions to comply with USPS rules.
Rectangular, 4 x 6 inches, made of paper, no more than 2 mm thick
Back side must leave bottom 3/4-inch blank, stamp area in upper right corner blank, and address on the right side not more than 2-1/4 inches from the right edge

Final Book: No restrictions on size or shape

Participants: San Diego Book Arts members only

The Exchange: Each participant mails a postcard to every other participant, and receives a post card from every other participant.  Depending on the number of participants, the project may be split into two groups. 

May thru December 2017, Postcard creation and mailing (must be mailed by year end 12/31/17)
January thru April 2018, Book creation from postcards received
May 2018, CAP 2018 Exhibition

Over the Moon, SDBA's 2016-2017 collaborative art project

It takes a tremendous amount of effort to get 40 people together to form a collective vision and then transform it into works of art and community events. Meetings, checklists, more meetings, and the participants headed off with three sheets of watercolor paper to embody one of member Diane Gage's moon-themed haiku. Work on Over the Moon had begun.

Because the participants came to the project with a broad range of experience and skills, classes were set up to teach methods of creating images and ways to bind the sheets into books. The finished images reflected the diversity of artistic practice brought to the task of creating a page: watercolor, printing, calligraphy, collage, and pen and ink.

It was a feast for the eyes. At the first showing of the images everyone was Over the Moon, and it was only the beginning. The original pieces were photographed and each participant received a set to bind.

The completed books were all beautiful and unique. Finally, the original art was collected in a handmade clam shell box.