Instructor Bios




Pietro Accardi

Pietro Accardi owned a bookbindery in Turin (Italy) for 12 years. He worked for Turin’s main public library, Municipal Archives, and University libraries restoring and binding books and he ran his own paper marbling and decorative box making business. He now lives in Gardnerville, NV with his wife and cats in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains.


Angela Batchelor

Angela Batchelor currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two sons. She teaches courses in Basic Design, Color Theory, Drawing, and Book Arts for Portland Community College.  Angela has an MFA from Boise State University. Her background is in painting and printmaking, but she fell in love with calligraphy, paper and book arts since moving to Portland. Her work meanders between expressive mark-making and mixed media pieces to ones that focus on religious, social and scientific themes.


Jill Berry

Jill Berry is an artist who makes books, maps, paintings and other story-telling structures. She works in many mediums with a bent towards classical art and teaches painting, lettering, journaling, mapmaking and various other mixed-media classes worldwide. You can her work in Somerset Studio, Letter Arts Review, and Cloth, Paper Scissors magazines. Her work also appears in Journal It! The Complete Decorated Journal, 1000 Artists’ Books, and various other publications. She has written three books: Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, Map Art Lab, and Making Art from Maps. Jill feels that art is necessary and accessible to everyone.


Susan Callan

Susan Callan has been a book arts devotee since the early ‘90s. About a dozen years ago she was invited to join a twelve-artist team, each teaching their own discipline under the auspices of a newly formed Creativity Center where she teaches all aspects of basic book arts. A few years ago Susan was asked to take over a series of Senior Center classes, for women over 50, on Rediscovering Your Creativity. She was recently contracted to provide an afternoon Creativity Workshop for a private group of 23 women. Susan writes, ”It was so well received that it confirmed my conviction that creativity skills can influence and enrich every aspect of life and every person–not just those of us lucky enough to dwell in creativity daily.”


Elissa Campbell

Elissa Campbell has been making books the past 20 years and sells her work professionally under the business name of Blue Roof Designs. She’s a big believer in the power of using books for self expression – her training in Art Therapy drives her to create objects that allow people to tell their stories. Elissa has been teaching bookbinding workshops for seven years. She is a member of the Vermont Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster, which allows schools to apply for grants to fund residencies. Elissa is also on the boards of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and the Vermont Crafts Council.


Anne Covell

Anne Covell is a book artist and papermaker. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Currently, she resides in San Diego, California where she is building a Japanese papermaking studio and investigating Asian paper-making and cover-making techniques for use in conservation and the book arts.


Sam Ellenport

Sam Ellenport was trained as a historian before joining the Harcourt Bindery in 1970 as a bookbinding apprentice.  He bought the business and ran it for over 45 years, mostly spent on the bench.  Sam has written and lectured about bookbinding, and has taught binding since 1974; in 1986 this program grew into the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.  Sam has been active in many bookbinding organizations including the Guild of Bookworkers, which presented him with a rare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  A popular teacher, Sam has been at FOBA twice before, and sincerely believes that Omnia Vincit Ars!


Janice Fisher

Janice Fisher’s love of art started at a young age and has included: drawing, painting, calligraphy, jewelry and ceramics. Her passion for calligraphy was rekindled when her daughter started taking classes and discovered book art – a medium that draws so many of her artistic treads together in one place. Her work is alive with drawings, watercolor paintings, embossed scenes, handmade and hand painted papers; all designed to highlight and enhance her calligraphy. She is especially known for her embossing, which has been featured at the Oregon State Fair and the William Stafford traveling exhibit. Janice resides in Oregon and often draws her inspiration from the beauty around her.


Peter Fraterdeus

Peter Fraterdeus is a calligrapher, type designer, Irish musician, chef, photographer, humanistic optimist, and nature lover. He received two NEA fellowships in the 1980s, the first, the “Crafts Apprenticeship Grant” to study calligraphy, letter carving and design for six months with Ieuan Rees in Wales, and the second, the “Design Project Grant” to research and design a digital typeface for laser printers. He is the founder of Slow Print Letterpress Studio in Dubuque, Iowa which is soon to become a residency studio at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Peter has taught calligraphy, digital imaging, and letterpress at School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as workshops and master classes on letterpress and in calligraphy around the United States, Barcelona, Treviso, and Berlin.


Helen Hiebert

Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper: Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced of two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, often involving the community in her installation projects such as The Wish, a permanent installation at Anythink Huron Street Library in Denver, Colorado. Helen lives and works near Vail, Colorado.


Jennie Hinchcliff

As a “near-native” of San Francisco, Jennie Hinchcliff has been creating artists books since 2001; her work has been shown at the San Francisco Center for the Book, 23 Sandy Gallery, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and, most recently, Asheville Bookworks. Currently, Jennie spends her time creating work under the press name “Red Letter Day” and working behind the scenes at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library.

Andrew Huot 

Andrew Huot is a book artist and bookbinder in Georgia, where he operates Big River Bindery, a shop for bookmaking and letterpress printing, book repair, and design. His artwork expresses his observations about the world around him. He uses marks, maps, and patterns to take his surroundings and abstract them, making them public rather than personal. Andrew has an MFA in Book Arts from the University of the Arts. He exhibits his work widely and has pieces in over 50 library collections.


Margo Klass

Margo Klass is a mixed media artist whose work includes sculptural box constructions and artist books. She exhibits her work widely in solo and group shows in Alaska and beyond and is represented in the collections of Alaskan museums, national parks, and in private collections. She is recipient of grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska State Council for the Arts and was recipient of an Interior Alaska Mayors Arts Award and the 2015 Governor’s Individual Artist Award. She maintains studios and teaches bookmaking workshops in Alaska and Maine.


Roberta Lavadour

Roberta Lavadour has been exhibiting her artist books and bindings for the better part of 20 years. Her work draws on her curiosity with found objects, interesting structures and family history.


Leighanna Light

Leighanna Light is a passionate art instructor, thing-maker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries and museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books and magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with and to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos, NM with her best friends Thomas and Lily.


Bonnie Thompson Norman

Bonnie Thompson Norman is the proprietor of The Windowpane Press. She learned to print at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles where she eventually served as Studio Director. It was that community-centered environment which forged a dedication to teaching letterpress printing and book arts to as many people as possible. In Seattle, Bonnie worked as a hand bookbinder and now teaches classes in printing and book-making in her home studio. Bonnie’s art varies in content, technique, craftsmanship and structure and offers challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration about timeless and/or contemporary issues. Her work is in public and private collections and has been included in numerous exhibitions and publications.


Jana Pullman

Jana Pullman began working with books in 1983 while pursuing her BFA and MFA degrees in Art. She is currently the owner of Western Slope Bindery in Minneapolis, specializing in custom binding and repair of books. She focuses her artistic energies on fine binding and participates in book exhibitions. During many years of working in book arts, she has been a letterpress printer, papermaker, bookbinder, illustrator, conservator and instructor in the book arts.


Cindy Shaw

Cindy Shaw has been creating her art, books, boxes, wall hangings, and cards, using this method of texture printing for about fifteen years. She lived in Thailand for ten years, creating her art using this method. She taught this workshop in two international schools in Phuket for six years. Cindy says, ”I never tire of lifting the screen and seeing the beautiful designs.”




Elizabeth Rideout

Elizabeth has ten years of experience in bookbinding, book conservation, and book arts. She has BA in Fine Arts from Washington College in Maryland and a Hand Bookbinding Diploma from the North Bennett Street School in Boston. She has taught at Penland and Dartmouth College Library and worked with Sam for the past two years. We have posted her CV here:


Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy’s interest in paper engineering grew from his background in sculpture, graphic design and book arts. Sheehy creates editions of pop-up artist books, provides engineering services for commercial projects, and creates trade pop-up books. His artist book Welcome to the Neighborwood was published and mass-produced by Candlewick in 2015. His Beyond the Sixth Extinction is targeted for a 2018 release. He teaches paper engineering workshops regularly. If you can’t find Sheehy in his Chicago home studio, he’s probably in the garden.


Megan Singleton

Megan Singleton is a practicing artist and educator based in St. Louis, Missouri. Her ecology-based work crisscrosses the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking, installation, book arts, and digital applications. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University and BFA in Photography from Webster University. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally; her work can be found in the collections of the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, as well as numerous private and corporate collections. She is V.P. of Membership and Development for the Hand Papermaking Organization Friends of Dard Hunter and Adjunct Faculty at Saint Louis University.


Bonnie Stahlecker

Bonnie Stahlecker is a studio artist working in books and sculptures. She was involved with the early Paper and Book Intensives where she met and worked with internationally known bookbinders and papermakers. Over the years, she has taken private bookbinding lessons and undertaken research on historical book models along with printing and painting on leather. Stahlecker lectures and conducts workshops throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited in international and national exhibitions. She holds a BFA from the University of South Dakota and a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jackie Wygant

Jackie Wygant is a professional teacher and has spent 30 years sharing her enthusiasm for creating everything from decorated papers, books and boxes, to tie-dyed fabric, batik lanterns and paper jewelry.