LIBROS Past Programs Archive 2018–2019

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Saturday, December 1, 2018 (9am–noon)

Flag Books with Ginger Rice
Chrismas Party & Gift Exchange

Making flag books, details to come.

plus Collaborative Book – Presentation & Instructions

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (9am–noon)

Text and Image Based Artists’ Books Workshop

with Sabra Moore

Sabra Moore will conduct a 3-hour workshop exploring the idea of making text and image based artists’ books. Moore will first make a presentation of various artist’s books, some multi-edition photocopier books and others unique hand-made books in various materials and formats. She will show both her own artists’ books and a selection from other artists. Then she will lead a book-making workshop where participants can create a single book using a selection of materials that Moore will provide- paper, metal, wood, stamps, stencils, colored pencils, watercolors, paste, collage materials. Each participant will select a packet from a basket of word packets that Moore will bring. Each packet contains three words and participants will be asked to respond to at least one of those words to create a small book. Moore will demonstrate two or three simple book forms, such as an accordion folded book or a sewn book, and participants will create a book based on those ideas.

Sabra Moore is a Texas-born artist and writer living in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her work is based on re-interpreting family, social, & natural history through the form of artist’s books, sewn & painted “constructed“ sculptures & wall works, and installations. She has exhibited extensively in New York City, Canada, Brazil and New Mexico. Her artist’s books are in many museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art (NYC).

Saturday, October 6, 2018 (10am–noon)

Field Trip to Zimmerman Library Special Collections

Note 10am start time. Download UNM Campus MAP PDF.

Our October meeting will be held on Saturday October 6th, but please note we will be meeting at the Zimmerman Library on the UNM campus from 10am to 12 noon. 

We will be enjoying a peak at some of their artist book collection. This is a great opportunity to see the books up close, to see the workings and the materials used. Many of us like to meet at the Frontier Restaurant on Central and Cornell for breakfast at 9am and then we can walk over to the library. There is free parking behind the Frontier for about an hour, other than that there is a visitor parking garage (refer to map) just off of Central plus other metered parking throughout the campus.

Saturday, September 1, 2018 (9am–noon)

Altered Books with Susan Weiss
Making an Altered Book with Esther Feske

We have two parts to our meeting this month:

Firstly we have Susan Weiss, a self-admitted “book nerd”, her love for books developed into a quest to upcycle books that were destined for the trash or recycle bin so that they were still “alive” and could be enjoyed in a different form. Susan will share some of her altered books in person and also give us a talk and photo presentation about her work and process. 

And second up our own Esther Feske will show us…


We will be using the covers from an old book and attach in new sections, tying each in with a ribbon. Individual pages are removable to work on. Replace, add or subtract pages as you wish.

Participants should bring:

  • Bookbinding tool kit (see website for a nice list or contact Mita if you have any questions) 
  • A hardbound book cover you would like to use; you may select based on its size, its title, its thickness. The cover can later be altered and  decorated. If you do not know how to safely remove the bookblock from the cover, we will show you. (Note: Book covers with the spine glued directly to the pages, called  "perfect bound," will not work for this project. You must see space between the folded edge of the pages and the outer spine.)
  • PVA or favorite glue
  • Craft knife of your choice and cutting board
  • Non-stretchy yarn, colored cord, "binder twine", 1/8" fabric ribbon, or similar thick strong string, in a length at least 10 to 12 times the  height of the book. Or various strings can be used, each about 3 times the height of the cover to be used.
  • A variety of papers, folded once to make "folios." (Single pages will not work unless they are hinged to another page.) Not all pages in the  book have to be the same size. (Note: paper of extra width can be folded to make a flap or pocket.) Recycled artwork/prints/rejects make interesting pages. Or decorate/collage some pages ahead of time.
  • Esther will bring a few extra covers for those who may not have them.

Saturday, August 4, 2018 (9am–noon)

Origami Envelope Book with a Sewn Cover

with Barbara Byers

We have been busy planning our upcoming year of programs and our first one is on August 4 at our normal meeting location (see top right).

We will be guided by co-member and book artist Barbara Byers in making an Origami Envelope Book with a Sewn Cover. This is a book made from separately folded pages that create pockets. These are then joined with linen thread and sewn into soft covers. No glue needed!

Please bring your basic bookbinding tool kit: pencil, eraser, bonefolder, awl, ruler, breakaway blade knife or exacto knife, scissors, cutting mat, bookbinding needles or tapestry needles # 1-5 or #18. If you have plain or colored linen thread please bring that also plus a decorative button for the cover. 

Other News:

We need a volunteer to take over the position of Librarian. Glo has served in this position for at least 4 years and it’s time to pass the torch. This is an easy way to help out the club. Talk to Ginger or Glo if you are interested.

We will also be talking about the State Fair and the list of upcoming programs will be announced!

This year we are bringing back the Free Table. Anything art related that you would like to clean out and share with the club is always welcome. I already have a nice little collection, mostly old books with really nice illustrations that can be used in all sorts of projects and a few other things. 

We are also reintroducing the Show and Tell Table. We love to encourage sharing our current works. As stated before, we have a talented group of people who work in all sorts of mediums that are pulled together in book or box form. Pieces don’t have to be finished. You can also bring things in to discuss a stuck point for help or inspiration. This process helps us all from working in a vacuum. We will start this portion of the meeting at 9:15 sharp so make sure to show up on time. 

Please feel free to email or call me with any questions,
Mita Saldana, VP in charge of Programs. 505-281-5737

Note: Programs run from August – June. There is no regularly scheduled meeting in July.




Meeting Location

Please note that LIBROS now meets at the Manzano Mesa Center on the 1st Saturday from 9am to 12 noon (unless noted).

The Center is located at:
501 Elizabeth SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
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