The mission of the Puget Sound Book Artists is to further the knowledge, practice and understanding of the art of the book by means of educational activities including but not limited to lectures, workshops, and exhibits.

Upcoming events

    • 1 May 2022
    • 27 Aug 2022

    Puget Sound Book Artists

    4th Annual Book Exchange    

    Participant Registration opens May 1st.

    Participant Registration is Required


    As we move into 2022 we are happy to reveal the theme for our 4th Annual PSBA Book Exchange.  PSBA member Belinda Hill and Abbie Birmingham will be coordinating our exchange which will take place later in September! The theme is Pathways. One of our objectives is that this theme will help us get to know each other, our past experiences, our future direction, our interests, and our goals.

    New to the Book Exchange?  Slideshow from 2021’s book exchange can be accessed here,  and the video for the 2nd Book Exhange, here. 

    Location: TBD, but we’ll hope for a non-virtual exchange this year                     

    Date: September, exact date to be announced                                            

    Design Guidelines: There is just one design guideline again this year. The book will most probably be mailed so make sure that it is well protected and sized for mailing. 

    Reminders will be emailed throughout the months leading up to the September exchange event. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact  Belinda Hill:

    • 6 Jun 2022
    • 5 Aug 2022
    • Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

    2022 PSBA Annual Members' Exhibition

    June 6th - August 5, 2022

    Collins Memorial Library

    the University of Puget Sound

    Masks are Required

    The Puget Sound Book Artists are pleased to announce the 11th Annual PSBA Members’ Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view this summer at the Collins Memorial Library at UPS. The suggested theme is “peaks and valleys,” and promises not to disappoint. It will be the first PSBA Member’s Exhibition held in person since the pandemic began. 

    One of the hallmarks of the exhibition is that every member is offered an opportunity to exhibit. Narrowing down the 80 submissions was difficult as there is an abundance of talent in the organization. Sixty were ultimately selected, meaning some difficult choices were made by lead curator, Traci Timmons, and the rest of the curatorial team of Mark Hoppmann, Peter Newland, and Rachel Watson. 

    Timmons, who managed the book arts collection at the Seattle Art Museum as head of libraries and archives, remarked on the high quality of the works in the exhibition. “The works submitted to this year’s exhibition felt especially personal, with many responding to the pandemic and the effect it had or is having on their lives. I was struck by the visual and technical diversity of the work, by the overall excellence of the submissions, and by how artists can imagine an idea, like ‘peaks and valleys,’ in so many ways. I really can’t wait for people to see these works in person.”

    The exhibition’s opening reception will take place at the Collins Memorial Library on Saturday June 11, 2-4pm.   Awards for this year’s exhibition will include the Award for Excellence and the Curator’s Choice award to be announced during the reception.  The People’s Choice Award will be announced following the panel discussion on July 28 after the ballots have been collected.

    This year PSBA is pleased to have Cornish College of the Arts faculty member, Dan Shafer, as the exhibition’s juror. Shafer is a Seattle-based graphic designer, artist, and educator. He owns Dandy Co., a graphic design studio specializing in book design, environmental design, and event branding and promotion. Dan is also the Creative Director for Chin Music Press and teaches book arts and design classes Cornish College of the Arts.

    Mark your calendars for these events scheduled during the exhibition:

    • A four-part “open case presentations” series will be held on Wednesdays, June 15, 22, 29, and July 6 from 12-1:30pm. During these sessions, the public are given the opportunity to listen to artists speak about their individual work.
    • The last event is a special screening of a panel discussion between several artists in the exhibition and moderator Peter Newland. This scheduled for July 28 from 5:30-7pm.

    Once again, we are fortunate to have the exhibit hosted by the Collins Memorial Library.  “The entire community is always delighted to see the return of the PSBA exhibition.  Over the last 10 years this has become a summer tradition and it is always a joyful experience to see the library space transformed with the incredible books” states Library Director, Jane Carlin.   Carlin goes on to say: “Over the years our exhibit has grown and expanded.  We have many artists from out of state and PSBA now has a national reputation.  It is truly gratifying to see the impact of what started as a grass roots organization 11 years ago grow into a nationally recognized book arts organization supporting artists at all levels.”

    For more information about the Puget Sound Book Artists, please visit the website at:

    For additional information regarding the exhibition, send inquiries to  

    Curatorial Team Members

    Exhibition Coordinator:Traci Timmons

    Curatorial Team:

    Mark Hoppmann

    Peter Newland

    Rachel Watson

    Contact information

    • 7 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Becky Frehse Studio
    • 3

    Mini-Workshop: Dragon Book Structure

    Instructor: Debbi Commodore

    Thursday, July 7, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

    Location: This workshop is in-person at Becky Frehse Studio in Tacoma (address and directions will be sent to enrolled participants prior to the workshop). Please note, this location is up one flight of stairs.

    Space is Limited to 12 participants.

    Skill Level: All levels welcome

    Member Fee: $30; -- The workshop fee includes a $10 materials fee

    Workshop Description: The dragon book structure, also known as the snake fold is a simplified version of the petal fold used in origami. The seeming simplicity of folded book structures easily lend to creating more complex structures.  In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of folding, scoring and folding tools and explore the versatility of this structure.

    We will start by making a model book to learn the basic fundamentals of the structure. We will then move to pushing the boundaries of the structure and create a finished book using Origami papers.

    Each participant will take away the book structure in a “learning model” format and a finished book with “hard covers” made with Origami paper. The finished book is approximately 3x3 inches.

    About the Instructor: Debbi Commodore is interested in the value and importance society gives to places, objects, and materials.  The themes found in her work are fluid and intersect with one another. Her curiosity of the book form explores the tension between the traditional book format and using materials outside their expected use. She searches for the story in ordinary, unexpected, and sometimes disposable materials.

    Her work has been exhibited in the US and in the UK, has been published in 500 Handmade Books Volume 2, and is held in University collections, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art collection and private collections.

    Debbi lives and works in Tacoma, Washington.  Her relief prints are linocut or woodblock printed from a Vandercook No. 1 proof press.


    Participant tools/materials list to bring to workshop:

    • Metal ruler
    • Scissors or X-acto knife
    • Cutting matt
    • Bone folder
    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Scrap paper
    • Glue sticks (multiple)

    Workshop fee includes learning model paper, origami paper for finished book and matt board for covers.

    Questions? Contact Debbi Commodore

    • 6 Aug 2022
    • Collins Memorial Library, the University of Puget Sound

    2022 PSBA Annual Members' Exhibition

    Submission Pick Up and Return

    August 6, 2022

    Time TBD

    Collins Memorial Library

    the University of Puget Sound

    Masks are Not Required, but Recommended

    Entrants who wish to mail their pieces, please follow these instructions:

    • If using USPS, please use USPS packaging wherever possible, and arrange for insurance and tracking.

    • Please put your return address on the box, even if there are metered delivery labels affixed by the carrier.

    Address to:

    University of Puget Sound Library

    1500 North Warner Street, CMB-1021

    Attn: Jamie Spaine: PSBA Exhibition

    Tacoma, WA  98416

    Visit the Exhibition Prospectus for more information

    regarding  the exhibition

    Curatorial Team Members

    Exhibition Coordinator:Traci Timmons

    Curatorial Team:

    Mark Hoppmann

    Peter Newland

    Rachel Watson

    Contact information

    Email us at:

    Questions about the exhibit can be sent to this address.  Curatorial members will monitor and respond on an on-going basis.

    • 25 Aug 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Alisa Banks

    Presentation: Changing the Conversation

    August 25th, 4pm

    Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

    Alisa Banks, noted book artist will be speaking about her work on exhibit in Changing the Conversation at Puget Sound.

    Alisa Banks investigates connections to contemporary culture, her Creole heritage, and the African diaspora through the lenses of home, terrain, and the body, using Southern Louisiana as a point of entry. Her sculptural artist books, writings, and textile collages, which incorporate fibers and found materials, reference traditional craft forms through twisting, knotting, crocheting, and sewing. Her interests include exploring alternative modes of reading and the performative potential of the book. Alisa’s work has been exhibited in Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, and throughout the US, and is housed in several private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the US Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library.

    Alisa holds a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Oklahoma State University and an M.F.A. degree from Texas Woman’s University. She lives in Dallas, TX. For more information, visit her website

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom/Becky Frehse's Workshop
    • 11
    Registration is closed

    A Study of Home

    A Hybrid Workshop

    Instructor: Shu-Ju Wang

    Workshop Sessions:

    Zoom: Sat. Sept. 17, 1-4pm

    Zoom: Sat. Oct. 1, 1-4pm

    Becky Frehse's Studio: Oct. 23, 9-4

    Zoom: Sat. Nov. 5, 1-4pm

    Registration for PSBA members opens July 7

    Registration for non members opens Aug. 1

    Registration for this workshop is required.

    Workshop Fee:  $260 

    Registration Limit:  12

        Castor and Sapient by Shu-Ju Wang

    This workshop is designed to help you learn how to develop an idea, conduct research and create a workable model for an artist book in time for the 2023 PSBA Exhibition.

    “A Study of Home” comes from the literal definition of the word ecology” – from Greek oikos "dwelling place, habitation"  + -logia "study of.”  In this hybrid zoom/in-person workshop, you will select, research, and create artist books on topics near and dear to your heart and home, however you define it. We will emphasize collaboration, problem solving, verification, and embrace complexity. There will be 3 zoom sessions and 1 in-person session spread over several weeks to allow the participants time to work on their projects.   Participants will develop avenues of research (archives, online (jstor, wiki), social media, and neighbors --- by location, by material, by time period, by industry, by species, by folklore). At the end of the workshop, we hope each participant will have a draft of their text, an image library, a list of resources, and an artist book structure mockup. 

    Shu-Ju Wang has been painting, making artist books, gardening, walking, reading, listening, playing, and kibitzing with her neighbors in Portland for 30 years. Before that, she was an engineer and that was where she learned that if you ask, people are only too happy to tell you everything they know about something (subject to verification).  Her interdisciplinary background in technology, science and art feed her exploration of themes such as water, migration, memory, local natural history, land development, and the impacts of human consumption on the environment.  Shu-Ju  weaves together detailed historical research with her personal experience to create work that contains multiple voices and viewpoints.  She is currently an artist in residence at the Portland Chinatown History Museum Her collaboration with Puget Sound biologist Peter Wimberger about human relationships with beavers, is a highlight of the recent Science Stories exhibit. 

    Learn more about Shu-Ju Wang on her personal website


    the Collins Library website 

Past events

15 Jun 2022 Exhibiting Artists' Registration:2022 PSBA Members' Exhibition: Open Case Presentations
15 Jun 2022 2022 PSBA Members' Exhibition: Open Case Presentations
11 Jun 2022 2022 PSBA Annual Members' Exhibition Opening Reception
4 Jun 2022 Workshop: Exploring Ways to Get Text on the Page
3 Jun 2022 Deliver Work: 2022 PSBA Annual Members' Exhibition
14 May 2022 Mini-Workshop: Nested Accordion with Watercolor Printing
4 May 2022 Notification of Acceptance: 2022 PSBA Annual Members' Exhibition
30 Apr 2022 Botanizing Hope: An Altered Book Botanical Journal
22 Apr 2022 Submission Deadline for 2022 PSBA Annual Members' Exhibition
20 Apr 2022 Recent Work by Artists of the Women's Studio Workshop
6 Apr 2022 Etiquette for Marketing Artist Books
27 Mar 2022 2022 PSBA Members' Exhibition Photography Sessions
25 Mar 2022 An Open Case Presentation by Vamp & Tramp
15 Mar 2022 Submission Period begins for 2022 PSBA ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
12 Mar 2022 Discover the Joys of Mail Art: A Virtual Presentation
20 Feb 2022 Guild of Book Workers Triannual Exhibition Zoom Presentation
14 Feb 2022 Workshop: Cunning Curiosities, the Miniature Book
10 Jan 2022 PSBA Annual Membership Meeting
9 Jan 2022 Canceled: PSBA Open House
17 Nov 2021 Science Stories: Connecting to Nature Close to Home
12 Nov 2021 Paper Lantern with a Twist
6 Nov 2021 Introduction to Book Structures
23 Oct 2021 Found Objects Become Book Structures: Workshop
2 Oct 2021 Clamshell Box Workshop with Bonnie Thompson Norman
2 Oct 2021 Submission & Catalog Pickup: 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
1 Oct 2021 Exhibition Closing: 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
23 Sep 2021 Moderated Panel Discussion (Zoom) 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
11 Sep 2021 Puget Sound Book Artists 3rd Annual Book Exchange
28 Aug 2021 Bonnie Thompson Norman Open House
20 Aug 2021 An Artists' Conversation (Zoom): 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
14 Aug 2021 Blue Prints: The Cyanotype Process
14 Aug 2021 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION: Registration for Viewing
9 Aug 2021 Exhibition Opening: 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
28 Jul 2021 A Conversation with Michael Haeflinger, Executive Director for Write253.
15 Jul 2021 Notification of Acceptance: 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
1 Jul 2021 Submission Deadline: 2021 PSBA 10TH/REDUX ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION
21 May 2021 May Members' Meeting
16 Apr 2021 A Conversation with Amber Hayward
20 Mar 2021 Inside the Book Artist's Studio with Bonnie Thompson Norman
25 Feb 2021 Pandemonium: An Open Case Presentation
23 Feb 2021 Book Artist Alchemy: Workshop B
23 Feb 2021 Book Artist Alchemy: Workshop A
20 Feb 2021 Inside the Book Artist’s Studio with Gabby Cooksey
11 Feb 2021 How to Make a Quarter-Size Zine
28 Jan 2021 Jan Dove: Inside The Artist's Studio
9 Jan 2021 PSBA Member Meet-Up
8 Dec 2020 It's All About Zines
22 Nov 2020 2020 PSBA Annual Membership Meeting
13 Nov 2020 Vamp & Tramp Zoom Presentation
11 Nov 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
17 Oct 2020 What makes a Book Work Properly? A Hands-On Case Binding Workshop
14 Oct 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
13 Oct 2020 Book Artist Alchemy: The Art of Weaving Words & Images
20 Sep 2020 PSBA Staying at Home Collaborative Book Project Salon
12 Sep 2020 2nd Annual PSBA Book Exchange Participants
12 Sep 2020 2nd Annual PSBA Book Exchange Salon
10 Sep 2020 Gathered From the Field: Suze Woolf Zoom Presentation
9 Sep 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
13 Aug 2020 2020 Members' Exhibition Zoom Presentation
12 Aug 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
31 Jul 2020 Staying Home Collaborative Book Project
9 Jul 2020 Lecture: Artist Residency in Marnay-sur-Seine, France by An Gates
8 Jul 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
7 Jul 2020 POSTPONED until 2021:10th Annual Members' Exhibition: Conversation With The Artists
13 Jun 2020 POSTPONED until 2021:10th Annual Members' Exhibition: Opening Reception and Gala
10 Jun 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
1 Jun 2020 POSTPONED until 2021: 10th Annual Members' Exhibition:Submission Delivery
13 May 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
27 Apr 2020 CANCELED: Erin Zona, Women's Studio Workshop: Book Presentation
17 Apr 2020 POSTPONED:10th Annual Members' Exhibition: Notice of Acceptance
11 Apr 2020 POSTPONED: Workshop, Book Arts 101A: The Basics
8 Apr 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
13 Mar 2020 Arts & Crafts Press: Print & Pint Workshop
11 Mar 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
9 Mar 2020 Canceled: Two Exhibitions at Kittredge Gallery
7 Mar 2020 10th Annual Members' Exhibtion: Photography Day
5 Mar 2020 The Arts & Crafts Press: A Personal Insight by Yoshiko Yamamoto
1 Mar 2020 The 3 C’s: Colophon, Catalogs, and Curating: A panel discussion on access to artists’ books
23 Feb 2020 The Language of Making: A Celebration of Paper, Poetry and Printing.
12 Feb 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
3 Feb 2020 POSTPONED until 2021:10th Annual Members' Exhibition: Submission of Entries
19 Jan 2020 2020 Opening Salon
8 Jan 2020 PSBA Board Meeting
17 Nov 2019 Workshop Salon
13 Nov 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
12 Nov 2019 Stitching Your Story: An evening workshop with Leslie Levenson
2 Nov 2019 All Stitched Up: Symposium
19 Oct 2019 Paper Trails
16 Oct 2019 Wandering Book Artists: Peter and Donna Thomas
12 Oct 2019 Tacoma Studio Tours
9 Oct 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
6 Oct 2019 Member Meeting
29 Sep 2019 Mini-Workshop: Altered Cardboard Mini-Books 2.0
28 Sep 2019 Mini-Workshop: Altered Cardboard Mini-Books
25 Sep 2019 The Book As Art: The Page & Beyond
14 Sep 2019 All Stitched Up: Opening Celebration and Reception
14 Sep 2019 Lecture: A Mind at Work: May Morris and Subversive Stitching
11 Sep 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
8 Sep 2019 PSBA Book Exchange Salon
3 Sep 2019 All Stitched Up: Exhibit Opens
23 Aug 2019 Workshop: From Book Shelves to Cat Walk: Wearable Papercuts and Artist Books
22 Aug 2019 Art in 1000 Cuts: The Path of the Blade
21 Aug 2019 All Stitched Up: Delivery of Books
14 Aug 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
1 Aug 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Submission Pick Up
31 Jul 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Closing
25 Jul 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members' Exhibition: Panel Discussion
20 Jul 2019 Introduction to Paper Marbling with Karen Perrine
8 Jul 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members' Exhibition: Artists Conversation
6 Jul 2019 Using Botanical Contact Printing in Artists' Books
1 Jul 2019 Rebecca Chamlee Lecture
13 Jun 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Opening Reception
12 Jun 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
5 Jun 2019 Olympia Salon: Sharing Works in Progress
3 Jun 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Opening
29 May 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Submission Drop Off
25 May 2019 All Stitched Up: Notification of Acceptance
19 May 2019 Olympia Mini-Workshop: Watercolor Chunky Book
8 May 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
8 May 2019 Olympia Salon: Sharing Works-in-Progress.
5 May 2019 Tacoma Workshop: Chinese Thread Binding
30 Apr 2019 All Stitched Up: Submission Deadline
28 Apr 2019 Tacoma Wayzgoose
27 Apr 2019 Tacoma Wayzgoose
24 Apr 2019 London Centre for Book Arts Presentation
19 Apr 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Notice of Acceptance
14 Apr 2019 Olympia Workshop: Surface Treatments
10 Apr 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
10 Apr 2019 9th Annual PSBA Members ExhibitionSubmission Deadline
6 Apr 2019 Tacoma Mini-Workshop: Paper Voodoo
5 Apr 2019 Japanese Paper Cloth: A Presentation by Linda Marshall, Washi Arts
1 Apr 2019 Transforming Knowledge: Altered Books Reception
30 Mar 2019 Tacoma Mini-Workshop: Photographing Your Work at Home
26 Mar 2019 Botanizing Hope-Mentors, Methods, and Materials: A Presentation by Lou Cabeen
13 Mar 2019 PSBA Board Meeting
10 Mar 2019 Salon: Transforming Knowledge
9 Mar 2019 Tacoma Mini-Workshop: Accordion Binding 101
2 Mar 2019 PSBA 9th Annual Members Exhibition Photography Session
15 Feb 2019 Rescheduled PSBA Board Meeting
13 Feb 2019 Race and Personal Narrative Opening Reception
13 Feb 2019 Race and Personal Narrative
10 Feb 2019 Visit to Elliot Press CANCELED!
1 Feb 2019 Transforming Knowledge
12 Jan 2019 Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Meeting & Silent Auction
5 Dec 2018 Artist Reception: Memory Lame: An Unforgettable Installation
18 Nov 2018 The Art of Veritas Editions
14 Nov 2018 PSBA Board Meeting
22 Oct 2018 Memory Lame: An Unforgettable Installation
20 Oct 2018 Paper Trails
13 Oct 2018 Tacoma Studio Tours
11 Oct 2018 Olympia Salon: Stitch Witchery
3 Oct 2018 Artists Demonstration for A Garden of Earthly Delights
26 Sep 2018 Tacoma: Vamp & Tramp
23 Sep 2018 Open Case Presentation for Exhibition, A Garden of Earthly Delights
13 Sep 2018 Workshop: Printmaking Using Gelatin Plate
9 Sep 2018 Last Salon of Summer: Gather Show & Share
12 Aug 2018 Olympia Botanical Contact Printing Workshop
11 Aug 2018 Opening Reception for A Garden of Earthly Delights
9 Aug 2018 A Garden of Earthly Delights Exhibition Opens
30 Jul 2018 PSBA Members Exhibition Closing Event
28 Jul 2018 Tacoma Botanical Contact Printing Workshop
26 Jul 2018 ARLIS UK & Ireland Conference: Artists' Books as Catalysts of Social Chang
12 Jul 2018 Panel Discussion
7 Jul 2018 Nested Accordion Book Workshop
30 Jun 2018 A Day Out in Tieton with Ed Marquand
21 Jun 2018 Conversations With the Artists
7 Jun 2018 8th Annual PSBA Members Exhibition Opening Reception
4 May 2018 Suzanne Moore Artist Talk: Tradition and Transformation
28 Apr 2018 Wayzgoose
21 Apr 2018 PSBA Fundamentals: Long Stitch Binding Workshop
12 Apr 2018 Booklyn: Supporting Artists’ Books and Social Justice
11 Apr 2018 Submission Deadline for 8th Annual PSBA Members' Exhibition
5 Apr 2018 Jennifer Farrell: Starshaped Press
27 Jan 2018 Multi-Signature & Cradle

Upcoming events

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