Artists' Talks

As part of our annual workshop schedule many of our presenting artists also offer a free public lecture to offer insights into their art practice. It's a great preview for those who are signed up to attend the class that will follow. It also is an opportunity to meet well known book artists and learn a little about their focus and how they work.

The Next Talk:

Leslie Marsh
Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
From Rome to the Adirondack Mountains:
How One Thing Leads to Another

La Jolla Map & Atlas Museum
7825 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, 92037


Monthly Meetings

San Diego Book Arts holds monthly meetings at alternating library locations, offering the public an opportunity to learn about the medium of book arts, meet people with a shared interest, and discover all that SDBA has to offer. We invite the community to join with our members and their guests on the second Wednesday of the month for a fun-filled evening of book work and conversation. No art experience is necessary. A special feature is the Unfinished Object (UFO) salons, which offer time and encouragement for those who have projects that are just waiting to be finished.

The Next Monthly Meeting:

Wednesday, September 20, 4 to 6 p.m.
Pacific Beach Library
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109-4005

In this meeting Laurel Moorhead will lead a second 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 The workshop 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.

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.


Annual Meeting

In the first quarter of the year San Diego Book Arts holds its annual meeting. There is a small amount of business, a large amount of yummy refreshments, and an informative and inspiring presentation about book arts and art making. Several of our outstanding members whose books are widely collected have shared their work. We have also hosted collectors, small presses, and artists from around the country. The 2017 meeting was held Sunday, February 19, and featured Sibyl Rubottom, one of SDBA's founding members, speaking about her life in art and sharing a selection of her many artist's books.

2017 Annual Meeting, La Jolla Riford Library

If You Dive Deep Enough You Will Touch the Stars by Sibyl Rubottom