To inspire creative exploration of the book as art.


To support the practice and awareness of book art by providing resources for artists of all levels to learn, expand, and share skills and ideas.


BAG was founded more than 15 years ago to share the love and knowledge of creating books by hand. We celebrate all aspects of the book, including writing, illustration, papermaking, and binding. Our 180+ active members participate in workshops, exhibits, and projects in Santa Fe and beyond.

Book Arts Bugs Abound at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum

by santafebookartsgroup

Thanks to BAG members Sally Blakemore, Barb Macks, Helen Fabel, and Lynn Grimes, Santa Fe kids are going to look at bugs in a whole new way. Recently the four artists decorated two windows at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum: one with Nature Bugs and one with Urban Bugs.

“The installations are a wildly diverse experiment using materials as inspiration,” said Sally. “We created a Mylar ‘waterfall’ filled with bugs made from repurposed cookbooks from Kitchenality and Barb’s Tyvek color experiments.”

While working on the installation, the team heard that Eric Carle died. “Eric was a beloved children’s writer and illustrator who created bugs from paper and was one of our heroes of children’s publishing,” explained Sally, “so we dedicated the whole Bug exhibit to his memory.” The 91-year-old author was best known for his book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

The BAG Bug Team also created kits for the current Summer Explorers Camp!


 Visit the Santa Fe Children's Museum Backyard to see the bug window exhibit now through September!