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Volunteers needed to help at the booth!

August 19, 2017
11 am-5 pm
Old Town State Historic Park

SDBA has been invited back to participate in TwainFest, the FREE celebration of Mark Twain and other writers of the 19th century. Last year SDBA provided Basic Pamphlet Book Making. A very popular table, we were able to help 70 children (mostly) and adults create their first book!

Gretchen Hiegel is looking for volunteers to assist the children and help keep the needles threaded! The table needs 5-6 SDBA members to keep the flow and fun going, and collect demographic info on our community served.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please sign up for a two-hour shift. This will allow everyone to enjoy the festivities of the day and support SDBA. All supplies and training are provided. If interested, contact

Visit to UCSD Library Special Collections


Saturday, September 16
10:30 a.m. to noon
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

RSVP here.

In this private visit SDBA members will have the opportunity to see some of the holdings of the UCSD Library's Special Collection of artists' books. The University of California San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives has a long history of supporting and presenting a wide range of book artists, and has an outstanding collection of artists’ books and limited edition fine press books. Lynda Claassen, director, will host SDBA members and interested friends for a unique viewing of over a dozen books. Unlike an exhibition, where you can see but not touch, you will be able to spend time with these books, turning the pages, discussing their construction, and being delighted with their varied form and content.  You've seen them in books, you've seen them online. Now see them in person--artists' books by Carol Barton, Julie Chen, Charles Hobson, Susan King, Ed Ruscha, SDBA's own Genie Shenk and others.

The visit is limited to 20 people so register early. Free parking info and directions to follow.  RSVP here.

Monthly Meetings

The Next Monthly Meeting:

Wednesday, September 20, 4 to 8 p.m.
Pacific Beach Library
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109-4005

In this meeting Laurel Moorhead will again lead a Rubber Stamp Carving workshop. This is free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike, but requires participants to bring their own supplies and RSVP directly to . There will be 2 sessions, 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Please specify the session you would like to attend. Each session is limited to 10 students so RSVP soon to save your space.

Questions: Janis Reeser at

Tools and supplies to bring: Your design ideas, bone folder, scoring tool, X-Acto knife or similar, fine-point black marker, ink stamp pad if you have one, carving tool and blades, carving block, 4"x6" or larger.

Carving tools, blades, and carving blocks can by found online or at Arts and Craftsman Supply and Blick Art Materials stores. Recommended: Speedball linoleum cutter with Blades Set #1; Soft-Cut Block Printing Material, 4"x6" or 6"x12"; Speedball Speedy Carve Block, or Blick Readycut 4"x6" or larger. All additional materials provided.

This program is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the San Diego Public Library. The library is not responsible for the information presented in this program.

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 6 to 8 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.

Future 2017 Meetings:

October 11, Cancelled due to library remodel
November 15, Pacific Beach Taylor Library
December 13, Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library

COMING ATTRACTION: New Projects for November and December

A Folded Book Workshop taught by Gerri Brech will be the featured activity at two upcoming monthly meetings.

Wednesday, November 15, 4 to 6 p.m.
Pacific Beach Library
275 Cass Street, San Diego


Wednesday, December 13, 4 to 6 p.m.
Cardiff Library
2081 Newcastle Avenue, Cardiff

In this 2-hour class local artist Gerri Brech will guide students through the process of preparing, folding and decorating your own folded book. She will also discuss other folded book patterns and show you everything you need to complete your first altered or folded book.  The actual book folding will take more than two hours but you will leave with clear directions to complete it on your own.  If students wish, they may stay at the library until 7:45 p.m. to continue folding.

To Register: email Laurel Moorhead: (please specify date)
Class Fee: FREE and open to the whole community
Class Limit: 10 students
Tools and Supplies to bring: a book to fold (hardback, 400 pages minimum, 8-9 inches is optimal), bone folder, X-Acto knife or similar, cutting mat, new unsharpened pencil or 5/16-inch dowel, and scissors.

A book to fold can be purchased at your local library used book sale. All additional materials provided. RSVP soon to guarantee your space.


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


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.