Instructor Bios 2019




Pietro Accardi

Pietro Accardi is a native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano founded and operated “Tipografia Accardi.” In 1950s Italy, it was a state-of-the-art printing press. His youth spent in the press led him to paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. Pietro moved on from his father’s press to establish “La Legatoria del Sole,” an artisanal and production-oriented bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin’s Municipal Archives, public and university libraries. He is now an instructor at the San Francisco Center for the Book and other West Coast venues. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts, a book arts studio and bindery. Web Page:
Introduction to Western Paper Marbling
Marbling on Fabric
Marbling Studio Class
The Articulated Binding
Form and Function: The Hatch-Top Box

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 in the realm of book art and design. Rhiannon now runs Gazelle and Goat Paperie, a letterpress, papermaking, and bookbinding shop located in the Mission district of San Francisco. Please visit her website at for more information. Web Page:
Book and Box of Curiosities
Distressed Wooden Boards

Angela Batchelor

Angela Batchelor currently lives in Twin Falls, Idaho with her husband and two sons. She serves on the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho where she teaches courses in Painting, Drawing, Design, Book Arts, Printmaking and Art History. Angela previously taught art for 8 years at Portland Community College. She has an MFA from Boise State University. Web Page:
Collagraph: Beyond the Print


Susan Callan

Susan M. Callan has been a (mostly self-taught) Book Arts devotee since the early 1990s. In the mid 2000s, she was invited to join a 12-artist team, each teaching their own discipline (Book Arts) under the auspices of The Creativity Center. In that center’s 5-year run, she discovered the genuine joy of sharing her Book Arts knowledge and skills with enthusiastic students. She’s been teaching (and, of course, learning) Book Arts and Creativity ever since. She’s currently a regular instructor at several Bainbridge Island organizations, including the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, BARN (Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network), and others, both public and private.
Book Arts: The Creativity Factor


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 over eight years. She is a member of the Vermont Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster, which grants schools funding for residences. She is currently acting as co-chair of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont and board president of the Vermont Crafts Council.
Find Closure

Rebecca Chamlee

Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press, and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. As a self-taught naturalist, Rebecca’s artist’s books examine the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing, and artist’s book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country. Web Page:
Impressions of Nature: The Art of Nature Printing


Kristen Doty

Kristen Doty has a passion for drawing, painting, and calligraphy. Her works have been in juried exhibitions and her paintings, illustrations and lettering have been published in a variety of ways. She enjoys sharing her passion by teaching at conferences and workshops across the U.S. and abroad.
Drawing for Everyone – especially those who think they can’t draw


Patricia Edmonds

Patricia Edmonds has been involved in bookbinding and calligraphy for over twenty years. She has taught calligraphy to students from middle school through adults and Book Arts, including binding, papermaking, and paper decoration at conferences throughout the Northwest. In her other life she is a midwife devoted to teaching this craft around the U.S. and even other countries such as Australia.
The Extravagant Exposed Spine Binding


Sam Ellenport

Sam Ellenport was trained as an 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 his program grew into the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School, a trade school in Boston. Sam has been active in many bookbinding organizations including the Guild of BookWorkers, which presented him with a coveted and rare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. A popular teacher, Sam has been at FOBA twice before.
Traditional Leather Binding
One Hour Clamshell Box
Basic Cloth Repair


Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to Yale University and Graceland. She has served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as exhibitions chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as a frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills. Web Page: 
The Simplified Binding
The Ethiopian Binding


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 the 2015 Governor’s Individual Artist Award. She maintains studios and teaches bookmaking workshops in Alaska and Maine. Web Page:
Woven Spine Bindings

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 18 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 New York and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos, New Mexico, with her best friends Thomas, Ruby and Lily.
The Construction of an Art Book
Surface Design on Metal and Paper


Linda Marshall

Linda Marshall is the owner of Washi Arts. She is a creative designer with a background in corporate and non-profit communications, design, strategy, and marketing. Her lifelong interest in the design arts comes from an artist mother and an engineer father, as well as a creative education in interior architecture and brand design. Linda has been an avid admirer of printers, book artists, printmakers, artists, and creative thinkers, She started Washi Arts four years ago as a retail partner of the Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, Canada. Inspired by the long history of papermaking in Japan and a process perfected over hundreds of years, the washi she carries has been carefully made to use in inspired and creative ways. Web Page:
Washi Intensive: Create a Master Paper Reference
Paper Voodoo: Transforming Japanese Paper with Konnyaku
Kakishibu: Dyeing and Waterproofing Washi with Persimmon Tannin


Stephanie Newman and Sukha Worob

Sukha Worob grew up in a small community in the high desert landscape of Prescott, Arizona. Worob obtained his BFA in printmaking from Northern Arizona University in 2006, MFA in printmaking from Montana State University in 2011, and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University in 2015. Worob’s work explores contemporary approaches to the printmaking multiple through works on paper as well as installation and interactive works.

Stephanie Newman’s MFA is from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught graphic design and letterpress for over 30 years at Montana State University. She has won the prestigious Cox Award for Creativity in the Classroom. Twice she has been Artist in Residence at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Faux Pas Press, her fine press studio, has lately been designing and printing visual interpretations of literary quotes. Two years ago she was runner up for the Women’s Studio Workshop ARtist’s Book Residency Grant. Last year she opened Quoin Community Print Studio in Bozeman, Montana, to make letterpress and book binding experience and classes accessible to the community. Facebook: Quoin/Bozeman
Fast Max: A Letterpress Maxim Accordion Book in 3 Days


Steph Rue

Steph Rue is an artist working primarily with handmade paper and books as her medium. She is a 2015-2016 recipient of a Fulbright Arts Research Grant to South Korea, where she studied traditional Korean bookbinding, papermaking and printing. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Her artist books and paper works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. You can see Steph’s work on her website. Web Page:
East Asian Sampler
Paper Bojagi


Marilyn Stablein

Marilyn Stablein is a mixed media book artist, collagist, and graphic artist. Her handmade books are featured in Lark’s 1000 Artist Books and 500 Artist Books; Guild of Book Workers journal and Bound and Lettered Magazine. She studied book arts with Hedi Kyle, Daniel Essig, Suzanne Moore and others. Her artist books are in Special Collection libraries, private collections and in public galleries like the Minnesota Center for the Book. A monograph Bind, Alter, Fold: Artist Books features thirty-eight of her original books. She taught at the Newport Book & Paper Festival, Portland Art & Soul and other venues. Web Page: 
Pop-Up Explosion Books & Structures


Bonnie Stahlecker

Bonnie Stahlecker started making books in graduate school and has continued to make books, book-like objects, and sculptures ever since. She was involved with the early Paper and Book Intensives where she worked with internationally known bookbinders and papermakers. Over the years, she has taken private bookbinding lessons and undertaken research on historical book models. Stahlecker has conducted over 100 professional workshops since 1987. 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.
Slate Accordions
The Modern Slip Book


Sandy Tilcock

Sandy Tilcock has been involved with traditional book arts for over 30 years. Her deepening interest in the craft of hand bookbinding led her to enroll at the University of Alabama’s Book Arts Institute, where she completed a Master of Fine Arts in 1987. While at UofA, she developed a keen interest in printing and typography and studied letterpress printing with the institute’s director, Richard-Gabriel Rummonds. She launched lone goose press (Eugene, Oregon) in 1989 specializing in edition binding, boxmaking and literary fine press. From 1999-2006 Sandy served as director of Knight Library Press at the University of Oregon. Web Page:
Edition Binding



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 M.F.A. from the University of North Texas in Studio Art, Fibers. Her work was included in Quilt National 2011, and received the “Most Innovative Use of the Medium Award.” 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. Web Page:
Natural Plant Dyes
Re-purposed Coptic Book
Fiberlicious Tape Bound Book


Jackie Wygant

Jackie Wygant has been making art her whole life. A marbling class in the 80s has led to book arts with paper decoration as a recurring theme. She also makes Artist’s Books. Her teaching/coaching career has given her a love of sharing what she knows with others. Now that sharing is channeled into the joy and wonder of helping others make ART STUFF!
Hand Decorated Papers to Dye For