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. 

The Next Monthly Meeting:


Margit Smith on The Medieval Girdle Books

Wednesday, July 18, 4 to 6 p.m.
La Jolla Riford Library (Seminar Room)
7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla

It is a special thrill to handle and examine books spanning the early 14th to the late 16th centuries, to feel, touch, smell, listen to their history, and to realize that our current desire for instant access to information can be traced to these objects. Girdle books were always with the owner and could be used without being removed from the belt. 

Margit will explain her initial fascination with the girdle book format and how she came to dedicate fourteen years to exploring its history, construction, use, and symbolism. She will share two girdle books she made herself, as examples of the two types that remain from the Middle Ages. 

The extreme rarity of the girdle book, often not recognized even by people who deal with rare books, prompted her decision to document and describe the known twenty-six girdle books still in libraries, museums and private collections. Margit received permission to examine them all. They are located in nine European countries and three libraries in the US, and she was able to take photographs in most cases. 

2018 Annual Meeting, La Jolla Riford Library

The 2018 meeting was held Sunday, January 14, and featured Jane LaFasio, sharing her journey in the arts with her presentation, Transformation: How I got to where I am today! Teaching, blogging, workshops and travel are just a few of the paths Jane has taken to inspire her students on their own artistic journey. Jane has been in San Diego since 1989 and added book arts to her body of  work during the last 20 years. Join us in January to celebrate with Jane her own story that she has created, collaged, and colored.