We are pleased to give you a peek at the classes we’ll be offering at the 2017 conference.
We’ll be adding to this list, so check back with us!



After attending many FOBA conferences over the years, Elissa Campbell joins us this year as an instructor. In her personal work, Elissa strives to create books that maintain the beauty and integrity of the materials with which she works. This workshop will focus on three-section bindings, based on various Keith Smith designs constructed without glue, and will end with an adaptation to expand beyond three sections.


FOBA favorite and paste paper artist extraordinaire Jackie Wygant returns this year with two workshops. Her Rethinking Paste Papers class raises the bar, with multi-layering, and texture stencils for rubbings, frottage and scraffito effects. The four-sided Jacob’s Ladder class will cover this two-faced book structure that reveals and hides text and images, constructing a six-panel four-color model and discussing other applications and possibilities.


Calligrapher, font designer, and master printer Peter Fraterdeus sets us off on our new letterpress journey with a hands-on examination of platen press impression critique. In this workshop, he will show us techniques to produce exquisite impressions, teaching us how to adjust the press to get it right every time. Students will leave with a small print edition and, most importantly, an understanding of the evaluation and problem-solving for any relief printing process.


Paper artist Helen Hiebert has developed techniques for creating three-dimensional structures from two-dimensional paper. Her class explores how paper in light weight panel structures can be used to create lanterns, screens, hangings, and, of course, books. Learn to use paper to create shadows, make envelope folding screens, and create an inflatable paper ball structure, while exploring ways to layer, fold and weave paper.


Papermaker and installation artist Megan Singleton bases her work on the investigation of ecological relationships within society and the landscape. Her papermaking class at FOBA will use local materials to create papers for a pamphlet stitch book. The class will cover methods of collection, cooking, and beating fiber. In Megan’s Coptic Stitching class, students will create Coptic bound journals, using the traditional sewing signatures style and a single page Coptic style.


The simple and elegant Japanese stab bindings have been used for centuries. The covers of these books were often made of layers of recycled papers that have withstood the test of time. In this workshop, papermaker Anne Covell will lead student to explore the papermaking and cover decoration as they were likely produced in the Edo Period (1603—1868) in Japan. The soft, supple papers created will be used to create unique laminated covers for stab bindings, and to create a sample book for further exploration.


sheehy_minipops2Shawn Sheehy’s amazing pop-up structures bring drama to any book, and in miniatures they allow the artist to expand content beyond the limited frame size of the book. Come learn how the engineering of these three-dimensional structures open up the potential of your book’s imagery and bring it to life.



light-lilys3-minMixed media assemblage artist Leighanna Light uses unusual materials to create unusual objects. Her “Lily’s Book” is created from canvas and plaster, filled with secret compartments and pockets, and embellished with lace and ephemera. Come create a unique journal for your thoughts and treasures.



accardi-paper-marbling-1Italian book artist Pietro Accardi joins us to teach two marbling classes: Introduction to European Paper Marbling, and European Marbling on Fabric and Book. Using your marbled fabric as a book cloth brings another level of personalization and art to your books. In Pietro’s Decorative Box Making class, learn basics of box construction and create a box with drawers and a rounded letter holder.


Mixed media artist Margo Klass will be teaching the art of pochoir; the class will use this technique to create a series of images of vivid, layered color to be bound in a drum leaf book. She will also be teaching a Japanese Screen book structure.



Conference favorite Andrew Huot will teach Paper Case Bindings, a structure that has been around since the 16th century. The Nag Hammadi structure was around long before then, but not discovered until 1945 in Egypt. Come learn them both.



Sam’s back! Returning conference favorite Sam Ellenport brings his 40+ years of experience back to FOBA this year to teach his signature Traditional Leather Binding workshop. Sam will also teach two other classes: repairing cloth-covered books and how to make a clamshell box in one hour.



lavadour2FOBA is very excited to have Roberta Lavadour teaching her Twined Binding structure at the 2017 conference. This binding, inspired by traditional basket weaving, was created by Roberta for the 2007 Guild of Book Workers conference. Roberta will also be teaching a class designed for artists who visit K through 12 classrooms to share the medium of artists’ books.



Book artist Bonnie Thompson Norman joins FOBA this year to further our letterpress launch. She often creates collaborative work, and this class will as well. Working on a common theme, students will design text and image for one or more pages to be hand set and printed on platen presses. The pages will then be distributed so each student can create a copy of the collaborative book.



Bonnie Stahlecker looks at books as three-dimensional objects with multiple layers, both physically and conceptually. While the sketchbook she is teaching at FOBA is a more traditional structure, the cover design allows for more expression, with layers of glazing paint and a recessed niche for unique art.




Angela Batchelor’s Resist Techniques workshop will cover over twenty techniques for creating layered surfaces, decorating papers or adding depth to your artwork. The class will experiment with both wet and dry media. In her Folded Book Explosion workshop, students will create structures that incorporate origami and modular constructions, with over twenty folded book variations, progressing from simple to complex designs.



Much of Jana Pullman’s work focuses on restoring old books in need of TLC while maintaining the historic character of the work. Her new bindings have a more modern look to them, but both aspects of her work rely on mostly leather covers. Both of the classes Jana is teaching at FOBA are leather-based as well. Her Drop Spine Box is quarter-bound in leather with a rounded spine and raised bands. The Hand Tooling class covers both traditional and alternative decorative techniques using different types of foils, 23kt gold, and metallic and pigmented colors on leather, cloth, and paper.