March 11th PSBA Salon

PSBA Salon

March 11, 2018, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Collins Memorial Library

Archives Seminar Room

Come and meet other book artists. Bring your favorite art book to share.  Bring something you are working on.  Bring an idea or a problem you’ve encountered in the process of making your work.  Or bring what you plan to enter in this year’s PSBA Exhibition. This is a great opportunity to share and get feedback. Jane Carlin will mark the occasion of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibit by sharing the artist book, “The Librarian of Barsa: A True Story from Iraq” by J. Winter.  We Hope you can join us.

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Current PSBA Information and Schedule of Events and Workshops

Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals from all areas of the book arts field for the purpose of creating a spirit of community among book artists and those who love books. The organization strives to increase educational opportunities for individuals as well as organizations, fostering excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and publications. The organization sponsors a yearly members’ exhibition, lectures, and workshops where you can explore,create and share with others.

Deborah Greenwood, President                                 Shoshana Albright
Jane Carlin, Vice-President                                         MalPina Chan
Bonnie Larson, Secretary                                             Pat Chupa
Lucia Harrison, Treasurer                                           Debbi Commodore
Jan Ward

Executive Committee (Deborah Greenwood, Jane Carlin, Bonnie Larson, Lucia Harrison)
Finance Committee (Lucia Harrison)
Membership Committee (Pat Chupa, Lucia Harrison)
Public Relations Committee (Mark Hoppmann, Jane Carlin, MalPina Chan, Shoshana Albright)
Annual Members’ Exhibition Committee (Sally Alger, Gabby Cooksey, Kat Gower and Dorothy McCuistion)
Program Committee (co-chairs: Debbi Commodore and Jane Carlin; Lucia Harrison, Deborah Greenwood, and MalPina Chan)
PSBA welcomes members to participate on committees.  If interested in volunteering for a PSBA committee, please contact


Location Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Exhibition June 4 – July 27, 2018
Photography Session Saturday, March 24, 2018 (Room 020)
Submission Deadline Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Submission Notification Friday, April 20, 2018
Submission Drop Off Thursday, May 31, 2018  – 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (Misner)
Opening Reception Thursday, June 7, 2018 (Pacific NW Room)
Conversation with the Artists TBD
Moderated Panel Discussion TBD
Pick Up Submission Monday, July 30 ,2018 – 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (LINK)

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND SALON CALENDAR: (Check website for most updated information)
Puget Sound Book Arts offers lectures, half-day and 2-day workshops. Mini-workshops are a 2-3 hour workshop taught by PSBA members or local artists.  These workshops are available to current PSBA members (fees vary) as a benefit of membership.  Our multi-day workshops are offered at least once a year with advanced registration to current PSBA members (workshop fees vary)

  • Saturday, January 20– Concertina Star Tunnel Book Workshop, Presenter: Elizabeth Walsh (12:30-4:00pm): [Location: 3029 Hoffman Road SE, Olympia, WA]
  • Saturday, January 27– PSBA Fundamentals—Handmade Books (Making a Cradle and Multi-Signature Pamphlet Stitch Binding) 1-4pm. Location: 2926 St. Steele Street, 2nd Floor, Tacoma. Presenter:  Gabby Cooksey
    • Thursday, Feb 15-We are excited to sponsor a lecture and workshop with artist Colette Fu. The lecture is Thursday evening, Feb 15 (Library Room 020) and the workshop will be held the same weekend. More information will be posted on the PSBA website in the near future about this workshop.
    • Sunday, March 4—PSBA Salon (3-4:30pm, Collins Library, Archives Seminar Room)
    • Sunday, September 9—PSBA Salon (3-4:30pm, Collins Library, Archives Seminar Room)
    • Sunday, November 18—PSBA Salon (3-4:30pm, Collins Library, Archives Seminar Room)

Space is limited & registration is required for all workshops.  For more information on upcoming workshops and to register see

Interested in teaching a mini-workshop?  Contact Debbi Commodore—

Have a suggestion for a lecture?  Contact Jane Carlin—

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Artist Talk: “The Amazing World of Colette Fu: Pop-Up Book Engineer”

Artist Talk: “The Amazing World of Colette Fu: Pop-Up Book Engineer”

February 15, 6p.m.
Collins Memorial Library
Room 020

Flyer_Colette Fu_image 06Colette Fu received her M.F.A. in fine art photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award-winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia, Moët Hennessy–Louis Vuitton, and the Delaware Disaster Research Center. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection, and many private and rare archive collections. In 2014, Fu attended a 6-month artist residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, where she continued her We are Tiger Dragon project, an extensive visual exploration of China’s ethnic minorities. There she also designed China’s largest (single-spread) pop-up book, measuring 2.5 x 5 x 1.7 meters high.

In her own words: “Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body, and other scientific principles. This history prompted me to construct my own books reflecting ideas on how our selves relate to society today. My pop-ups are a way for me to speak and inform; the real and implied motion in the pop-ups link to a temporal element and an inevitable corollary is to awe and unsettle. Constructing pop-ups allows me to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with my love of traveling as I try to understand the world around me. With pop-up books I want to eliminate the boundaries between people, book, installation, photography, craft, sculpture.”

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Workshop: Introduction to Pop-Up Book Structures

 Introduction to Pop-up Book Structures

Creator of the World’s Largest Pop-up Book

February 16, 17, & 18, 2018
9am – 5pm

 LOCATION: 2926 S. Steele Street, (2nd floor) Tacoma, WA

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Pop-up book structures can be used to make engaging works of art for any age, from greeting cards to animations to kinetic sculptures. In this 3 day intensive workshop, participants will learn the many basic structures of pop-up paper engineering including angle folds, platforms, and pull-tabs, and how to incorporate them into unique pop-up books, cards, and works of art. Complex pop-up works are created from a combination of basic mechanisms enhanced by your art, playfulness and imagination. All levels of experience are welcome.

Philadelphia based artist Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex Flyer_Colette Fu_image 02compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. Colette’s numerous awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, CFEVA (Center for Emerging Visual Artists), New York Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. Colette’s solo show about the minority ethnic groups of China was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the winter of 2016/2017. A passionate educator, Fu also teaches artmaking as a way to give voice to communities through pop-up paper engineered projects. She teaches pop-up courses and community workshops to people of all ages and marginalized populations at art centers, universities and institutions internationally.

Workshop Fee $300.00 (PSBA members)   $335.00 (non-members)   Materials fee $35.00

Current PSBA members have the opportunity for advance registration beginning January 13, 2018

Registration opens to the public on January 24, 2018

To register:

 Artist statement – Colette Fu

Flyer_Colette Fu_image 05I make one-of-a-kind collapsible artist’s books that combine my photography with pop-up paper engineering.  Pop-up and flap books originally illustrated ideas about astronomy, fortune telling, navigation, anatomy of the body and other scientific principles.  This history prompted me to construct my own books reflecting ideas on how our selves relate to society today.

Growing up (in New Jersey), I was not proud of my Chinese heritage. After college graduation, I went to my mother’s birthplace in Yunnan Province in Southwest China to teach English.  Literally translating as “South of the Clouds,” Yunnan is China’s most southwestern Province, sharing borders with Tibet, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. With snow-capped mountains to the Northwest, and tropical rain forests to the South, Yunnan is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China. This diversity extends it its population as well. I taught at the Yunnan Nationalities University in the capital, Kunming.  While in Yunnan I discovered that my great-grandfather had not only helped establish the university where I was teaching, but was a member of the powerful black Yi tribe, and governor and general of Yunnan during the transitional years of WWII. I stayed in Yunnan for three years; it was these experiences that helped me find a new sense of pride and identity and encouraged me to pursue a profession as a photographer and artist.

With the help of a Fulbright fellowship, I traveled once again to Yunnan, specifically to photograph for a pop-up book of the twenty-five ethnic minority groups that reside there. 25 of the 55 minority tribes of China reside in Yunnan and comprise less than 9% of the nation’s population, with the Han representing the majority. Many people inside China and most people outside are unaware of this cultural richness.  While I am directly unable to help these groups preserve their identity and ways of living, I can use my skills as an artist to spread knowledge and provide just a brief portrait of their existence.  As I grow older I start to understand the importance of preserving one’s identity and culture, and the significance of learning one’s roots.

In 2014, with the help of a Leeway Transformation Award and the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency in Shanghai, I returned to China to extend my project outside of Yunnan Province.  For 6 months I traveled between Shanghai and select minority areas in Inner Mongolia, Northwest Xinjiang Province, Hunan, Guangxi, Guizhou and Zhejiang Provinces. I spent this half of the year photographing the minority areas with the goal of making pop-up spreads when I returned back to the US.

My pop-ups are a way for me to speak and inform; the real and implied motion in the pop-ups link to a temporal element and an inevitable corollary is to awe and unsettle. Constructing pop-ups allows me to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with my love of traveling as I try to understand the world around me. With pop-up books I want to eliminate the boundaries between people, book, installation, photography, craft, sculpture.

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Workshop: PSBA Fundamentals—Handmade Books

 PSBA Fundamentals—Handmade Books

Making a Cradle and Multi-Signature Pamphlet Stitch Binding

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018
1-4 p.m.
Location: 2926 S. Steele Street 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA

20171123_105325Presenter: PSBA member Gabby Cooksey, Graduate of North Bennet Street School for Bookbinding in Boston, MA; studied at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, CO and at the Montefiascone Conservation Project in Italy

In this workshop you will be learning how to make a cradle, for which you can use right away to make a multi-signature pamphlet stitch binding. You will learn how to construct a book made with multiple individually sewn pages and then pamphlet stitch the pages to a cloth cover.  This style of book lays flat when open and the cradle will be able to come apart so it’s easy to store.

As a part of the PSBA Fundamentals series you can also expect to learn the fundamentals of folding, scoring, sewing signatures and about sewing tools and materials.

Tool List:

  • scissors
  • pencil
  • bone folder
  • ruler at least 12 inches
  • awl
  • gluing up brush (any medium size brush)
  • triangle
  • glue stick (optional)
  • xacto or olfa knife
  • cutting mat

All materials and patterns provided

Workshop fee ($15) paid to PSBA on day of workshop.

Registration required:


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Concertina Star Tunnel Book Workshop


 Saturday, January 20, 2018
12:30pm – 4:00pm

 Location:   3029 Hoffman Road SE, Olympia, WA 98501

walshelizabethstar tunnel book PRESENTER:
PSBA member Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh is a graphic designer for the Washington State Senate.  She has been a
calligrapher/paper & book artist since 1978, attending many international calligraphy conferences.  Elizabeth is also the founder of the Olympia Calligraphy Guild, Nib ‘n’ Inks, in 1980 and has taken bookbinding master classes with Shereen LaPlantz, Bonnie Stahlecker, Elsi Vasdall-Ellis, Don Guyot, Suzanne Moore, Kevin Steele, Laurie Doctor, and other calligraphers.


In this binding, we will create five 3-panel star tunnel signatures using Canson Mi-Tientes,
will sew each signature to a narrow concertina, using a 3 or 5-hole pamphlet stitch,
will bind the fore edges with skewers and rubber bands, and
complete the structure with piano-hinged covers.


  • Cutting Mat,
  • Xacto knife with sharp blades
  • scissors
  • bone folder
  • ruler
  • glue stick/PVA
  • small 1/8” hole punch
  • notebook
  • pencil for your own personal notetaking.

Provided by instructor: Canson paper, needles & thread, skewers, rubber bands and instructions.

($15) paid to PSBA on day of workshop. Checks (made out to PSBA) or Cash (exact change only).
Space is limited to 9, registration required.

The registration link to Elizabeth’s workshop:

For questions about this workshop email: Pat Chupa
(email subject line: Elizabeth Walsh mini-workshop question)

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Upcoming Events



  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 PSBA Last Salon of the Season: Artist Residencies Come and be a part of the discussion with a panel of artists who have participated a variety of programs. Time: 3-4:30pm. Location: University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, Archives Seminar Room.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 PSBA Fundamentals Workshop The Codex 101: Single sheet coptic. PSBA Member Gabby Cooksey will be presenting this workshop on how to create this book form. Time: 1-4 p.m. Location: 2926 S. Steele Street 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA.


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PSBA Annual Meeting

Saturday January 13, 2018
Collins Library
University of Puget Sound

Continental Breakfast and Silent Auction 10:00 to 11:15

Meeting 11:30 to 12:30

Our featured speakers for this year’s Annual Meeting are:

Amy McBride: Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma. Amy will share insights into the work of the Tacoma Arts Commission and the importance of arts organization and leadership in our community.

Ed Marquand: Marquand Editions, Seattle. Ed began designing for artists and galleries in the late 1970s, and formed Marquand Books in the mid-1980s. In 2006 he founded Mighty Tieton, an incubator for artisan businesses in central Washington. Ed will share insights into his work as an art publisher. Marquand develops, designs, and produces books with museums, artists, creative professionals, publishers, and collectors. Learn more about his work at:

We will be accepting items for the Silent Auction as of December 1, 2017. Please contact Jamie Spaine: jspaine@pugetsound. Link to the form:

Bonus Event!

 Stay after the official meeting for a presentation by Suze Woolf.
New Technology and the Artists’ Book
Room 020, Collins Library
1: 00 – 2:00

 Suze Woolf will share insights about how she uses graphic software and laser cutters to enhance her artistic expression.  She will talk about the process from start to finish and have photos to demonstrate the use of software and discuss how she works with Fabrication Studios to achieve the final results.

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Tacoma Studio Tour


October 14 & 15, 2017
11 am – 5 pm

The Tacoma Studio Tour is your opportunity to see inside the working studios of local artists, learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Many of our Puget Sound Book Artists members will be opening their studios and showing off their work. Please come and visit some of the finest artists in Tacoma!

For a downloadable and printable brochure click here

For an interactive map of the studios click here

For more information on the all new Satellite Studios Tour click here

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Dual Exhibitions at the University of Puget Sound

Clarissa Sligh—Nationally Renowned Artist and Activist
Fumiko Kimura ’77—Sumi Artist
Exhibits and Public Talks
Aug. 28—Sept. 23

image003TACOMA, Wash.Nationally recognized artist Clarissa Sligh is exhibiting her works in a show titled Am I Safe? and giving two public talks during a residency at University of Puget Sound this fall. Fumiko Kimura ’77, a Tacoma-based artist working in sumi, an ancient East Asian ink wash style of painting, will hold the exhibit One. Dot. Sumi in the small gallery and also give a talk. The exhibits run from Monday, Aug. 28, to Saturday, Sept. 23, in Kittredge Gallery on campus.

For more than 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal, and the political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity. Now she brings her creative ideas to two shows that have only become more relevant in light of recent political and social events.

In Kittredge Gallery, Sligh’s installations of more than 6,000 folded origami cranes—many from the pages of hate books promoting extreme anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, or racist ideologies—transform hate speech into artworks of calm contemplation. Her artists’ books, photos, and prints examine personal identities and fears in an unequal world.

In Collins Memorial Library, a small exhibition of Sligh’s artists’ books showcasing racial inequality and addressing social justice in our country are on display. Many of her books are autobiographical in nature, touching on issues of race and gender throughout her life.

Sligh will give two public talks. Admission is complimentary and refreshments will be served.

·        Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6–7 p.m.: A book talk, along with partner Kim Purser, in Archives & Special Collections, 2nd floor, Collins Memorial Library

·        Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m.: The opening reception in Kittredge Gallery, with a talk by Clarissa Sligh at 5:30 p.m.

      Sligh’s prints, artists’ books, and installations have been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum, in New York; Walker Art Center and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, in Minneapolis; and the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C.

She has been honored with recognitions or grants from the Art Saves Lives Foundation, Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, and Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, in Asheville, N.C. Other awards include an International Center of Photography Infinity Award (1995) and fellowships from Anonymous Was A Woman (2001), the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), and the New York Foundation for the Arts: once for artists’ books (2005), and twice for photography (1988; 2000).

Sligh was one of the artists in Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, an exhibition hosted by Holter Museum in Montana that challenged artists to transform pages of white supremacist books into beacons of hope. Most recently her work was included in the Equal Justice Initiative, curated by Brooklyn Museum.

image005In Kittredge’s second gallery, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 23, are works by Tacoma-based artist Fumiko Kimura ’77. Kimura’s sumi paintings range in scale from the intimate to large installations. Her works are based on Asian-influenced brush calligraphy. They include paintings of landscapes, flowers, insects, and birds, as well as mixed-media collages derived from an experimental approach. The works relate to her experience as a biochemist and her more than fifty years as a visual artist.

Kimura is a co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Artists in Washington state. She will give a public talk in Kittredge Gallery, 4–5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Admission is complimentary.

Sligh’s visit and exhibit are supported by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Arts, Collins Memorial Library, Department of Art and Art History, Department of History, and African American Studies.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History, and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery; Artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

Book Talk: Tuesday Sept. 5, 5–7 p.m., Archives & Special Collections, Collins Memorial Library

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash.
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Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.


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