upcoming workshops

June 23-24, 2018

The Modern Slip Book


Blue Lizard Studio


This class will explore the format of slip books inspired by the ancient Chinese books that were made from narrow slips of bamboo tied together with string. In these modern books, the slips will be wider and made from binder’s board. This will provide ample surfaces to carry textured and painted imagery.


Participants will first create sample boards to investigate painting techniques and different methods of creating textures using embossed papers, molding gels, or glue designs. Using that research, they will create the layered designs for both sides of their book before linking together the six panels. A custom painted paper carrying case will be constructed to protect and house the book.




To register for this class, go to this link.

September 29-30, 2018

The Painted Journal

Lettersong, Louisville, Kentucky


A personal journal that has an exposed spine and painted covers. The binding allows the book to open completely flat to any page and has binder's board covers that are transformed with many layers of grazing paint. There will be a recessed niche for a unique shrink-art label made by the participants. The pages are sewn using a French Link stitch over tapes that are laced into the covers. The final touch is a loop and bone clasp closure on the fore edge.


Registration information coming soon.


upcoming or current exhibitions

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Stahlecker’s work is not traditional bookmaking. It goes far beyond that. All books contain words and/or images that attempt to convey knowledge, whether it be in the form of a story, a history or perhaps a theory... This art is about the concept of books. This clever, well-thought-out work expresses thousands of years of man’s evolution in passing information from generation to generation. Each of these sculptures deserves close inspection.

Tom Shafer’s review in the Journal & Courier, November 24, 2011 (reviewing the book-like objects at the “Thread Editions” exhibition at the Lala Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana.)