We are delighted to present the instructors who will be teaching at this year’s conference! At FOBA 2022 we look forward to welcoming both new and returning instructors.


Workshop Catalog – March 2022

Registration Begins – April 2022

Pietro Accardi

Pietro Accardi is a native of Turin, Italy, where he established La Legatoria del Sole, a modern bookbindery steeped in the ancient traditions of paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. After many years of service to Turin’s Municipal Archives, Main Public Library, and University Libraries, he is now enjoying his second life as a well-loved book arts teacher at the Center for the Book in San Francisco as well as teaching workshops throughout the West. Pietro and his wife Vanessa founded Accardi Book Arts, a Classical Marbling Studio and Bindery in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe.

Rhiannon Alpers

Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer, and book artist. She has a MFA and a BA in Book Arts and papermaking. She has taught workshops and college courses nationally and exhibited internationally in the realm of book art. Rhiannon now produces artwork and commissions under the name Gazelle and Goat Paperie.

Mary-Ellen Campbell

Mary-Ellen Campbell, holding advanced art degrees from Michigan State University and Pratt Institute, NY, has been a professor of art for 34 years. She taught book arts workshops abroad and across the United States at San Francisco Center for the Book, Mendocino Art Center, CA, Sitka, OR and other art centers. She has had more than 16 solo and 85 group shows including her mixed media art books. Her 12 art residencies, where she made numerous books about place, include New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Costa Rica, Turkey, Kenya and various states.

Gabby Cooksey

Gabby Cooksey lives and works in Tacoma, WA as a bookbinder and artist. In 2014, she received her diploma for Bookbinding at North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. Her love for odd materials, storytelling and well crafted books are a good combination to producing unique books. Cooksey’s books are included in the collections of the University of Washington, Boston Athenaeum, Library of Congress and many more private and public collections across the world. 

Kristen Doty

Kristen Doty has a passion for drawing, painting, and calligraphy, and delights in using a variety of media. She is inspired by beauty and detail seen everywhere around us. Her works have been included in juried exhibitions and published in art magazines and books, as well as prints, posters, greeting cards, logos and book titles. She enjoys sharing her

Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Elsi Vassdal Ellis retired in June 2017 after 40 years teaching design production and book arts at Western Washington University. As EVE Press she has produced over 148 editions via offset, letterpress and digital printing, and 127 unique books since 1983 in a well-equipped studio. Her work is permanently housed in over 135 collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, San Francisco Public Library Grabhorn Collection, Yale University Library Arts of the Book Collection and The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide, London, England.

Helen Shafer Garcia

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter and mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist, as well as an award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements in numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 30 years. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Her works and articles have been published in numerous magazines. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of the San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops internationally and across the US.

Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She uses both traditional and contemporary book structures, and her work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland. She has served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of BookWorkers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills.

Andrew Huot

Andrew Huot is a book artist and bookbinder in Atlanta, Georgia. He operates Big River Bindery, a studio for bookmaking and letterpress printing, book repair, and design. He has a Masters in Book Arts from the University of the Arts and teaches workshops in his bindery and across the country. He exhibits his work widely and it is held in over 50 university library collections. His artwork takes his everyday life and uses the patterns, lines and shapes to create work that is playful and strikes a familiar chord with the viewers.

Genevieve Kaplan

Genevieve Kaplan is the author of (aviary) (Veliz Books, 2020), In the ice house (Red Hen Press, 2011), and four chapbooks, most recently I exit the hallway and turn right (above/ground, 2020)Her writing can be found in Third CoastSpillwayDenver QuarterlyPoetry Magazine, and other journals. Genevieve earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She regularly teaches university and community courses in creative writing, poetry, and book-making; she lives in southern California.

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 a recipient of grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and Alaska State Council on the Arts and received 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 artist’s books and design bindings for more than 20 years, inspired by everything from found objects to her tangled family history. While she lives and works in rural Eastern Oregon, her books travel around the world in a variety of juried and invitational exhibitions. Her work is marked by rampant curiosity and a desire to explore the possibilities of the book as an art form.

Susan Lowdermilk

Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and print maker. She creates hand bound artist’s books involving movable parts and pop-ups. She works in traditional print processes and occasional digital media. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions worldwide and she is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her MFA from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her BFA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Casey Newman

Casey Newman is an ecologist and natural textile dyer who incorporates stories of season and place into her artistic work. She has a master’s degree in forest ecology and has spent much of her career working in environmental education as well as teaching nature-based art at her studio and throughout the west coast. This bridge between nature and art is something Casey brings to her workshops as well as her personal work. Casey draws inspiration from the forest surrounding Cedar Dell Forest Farm, her educational property at the edge of Gresham, Oregon. There she teaches natural dye workshops, curates educational programs for children, and raises fiber animals.

Bonnie Thompson Norman

For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion and a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press for about forty years. Bonnie worked as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery for nearly twenty years. She teaches classes in printing and book making in her home studio. Bonnie produces works varied in content, technique, craftsmanship and structure that offer challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration about timeless and/or contemporary issues in the form of broadsides and artist’s books. Her work is in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, and has been included in numerous exhibitions and publications.

Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level for nearly 20 years, including stops at the Center for Book Arts, Penland, Arrowmont, FOBA, Pyramid Atlantic, San Francisco Center for the Book, Minneapolis Center for the Book, PBI, and many others. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. He has created two trade pop-up books: Welcome to the Neighborhood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018). Both were originally produced as artist books, both were published by Candlewick Press, and both won numerous awards. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. He has served as director of the Movable Book Society since 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Jessica Spring

Jessica Spring began her interest in typesetting and printing as a phototypesetter in the 1980s. She has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press – artist books, broadsides and ephemera where typography plays a central role – is included in collections around the country and abroad. She has collaborated on the Dead Feminists broadside series since 2008 and co-authored Dead Feminists:  Historic Heroines in Living Color. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teachers letterpress printing and book arts.

Peter Thomas

Peter Thomas is a book artist, letterpress printer, hand papermaker, and musician. For the last 40 years, he has worked in collaboration with his wife Donna Thomas to create fine press and artist books that combine the precision of the fine press aesthetic with the structural creativity found in contemporary artists’ books. From 2010-2019 they traveled the country giving workshops and lectures as the“wandering book artists.”

Naomi S. Velasquez

Naomi S. Velasquez is an award winning contemporary textile and book artist. Her artwork is consistently shown internationally and nationally and in diverse venues ranging from galleries to public works installations. Naomi holds an MFA from the University of North Texas in Studio Art. Naomi is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She is the coordinator for the Fiber Media and Papermaking areas. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the University of Denver Library, Emory University Library, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the arts and the University of North Texas Special Collection.

Marilyn Zornado

Marilyn Zornado is a book artist, calligrapher and animator. She combines her love of animation with book arts, both on her own projects and on commissions. She teaches Motion Graphics at PNCA in the BFA program and Book Arts & Calligraphy in the PNCA Community Education Program. After the closure of the beloved Oregon College of Arts & Crafts in Spring 2019, where she had studied with Barbara Tetenbaum and taught for many years, she revamped the building that houses her studio to create ZORNADO Studio, a book arts classroom. Marilyn has an MFA in Computer Animation and a BA in Graphic Design.