upcoming workshops

June 26-28, 2019

Slate Accordions

Focus on Book Arts, Forest Grove, Oregon


The slate accordion is based on the construction of school writing tablets, fashioned of slate tiles and lashed together in pairs. This method of binding produced a very flexible hinge. Our books will be constructed of four panels of binder’s board with collages on the front side and paste paper on the backside. In keeping with the original format, the panels will have framed edges and curved corners. Participants will create four collages to sit within the panels that are bound together with waxed thread.


To registrar for this workshop visit focusonbookarts.org

June 29-30, 2019

The Modern Slip Book

Focus on Book Arts, Forest Grove, Oregon


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.


Using different ways to create texture, participants will create 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 registrar for this workshop visit focusonbookarts.org    

September 28-29, 2019

The Shape of Books

Lettersong, Louisville, Kentucky


This workshop celebrates non-rectangular profiles books can have and is patterned after the instructor’s own book entitled Gated Curve, pictured here. Participants can design their own shapes in either the portrait or landscape format. The book’s covers will have textured papers and other mixed media added to the surfaces.


The workshop starts with painting both sides of a large sheet of Somerset paper. This first layer sets the tone and invites a response with subsequent layers of textural elements and other embellishments. The large paper gets divided into sixteen shaped folios that match the contour of the covers. The Byzantine Sewing that completes the book forms an attractive thick chain across the exposed spine. 


To hold your spot in this class send your class fee of $165.00 to Lettersong 1501 Story Ave, Louisville KY. Material fee of $25.00 will be collected at the workshop. [Jen Grove 502-819-1439]



upcoming or current exhibitions

May 2 - June 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Exhibition

Pacific University Library, Forest Grove, Oregon

September 19 - October 19, 2019


Artist Own Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana 


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.)