Mita SaldanaBook Arts
I started making books over 20 years ago so I could use all of the beautiful papers I was so attracted to. I never looked back. I love all aspects of my work: pairing with artists to create a one-of-a-kind commissioned piece, teaching my students how to make a “real” book, and repairing ancient tomes from the 17th century on up to a favorite cookbook that has been literally loved to pieces. I love the tactile part of the craft of bookbinding, and I love keeping this traditional craft alive in this electronic era.
Mita is the owner of Against the Grain Bookbindery located in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching the craft of hand bookbinding and the corresponding book-related arts since 2000. For the past 20 plus years she has been repairing and restoring books and paper ephemera, having the opportunity to work on anything from family bibles, cookbooks, well-loved children’s books, maps, scrolls, and antique and rare collectable bindings. In-between she finds time to do commissioned work and small editions.
Mita is a founding member of Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild and co-owner of New Tricks Workshop Space and Gallery in the Sawmill Village in Albuquerque. Her other interests lie in embroidery and the fiber arts, collecting vintage linens, British comedy, zombies and her family. Not necessarily in that order.
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