May 2018

May & August Workshops at SFCB

Friendly Writing for the Visual Thinker is the workshop I will be teaching at the San Francisco Center for the Book on Sunday, May 20, 2018 and August 26, 2018, 10am to 4pm. Beginners warmly welcome! Each workshop has a different book structure for the writing notebook and different writing explorations.
$130.00 (all materials included). Details and registration for the May workshop are listed at SFCB here. The August workshop is listed at SFCB here.

Points of Departure: California Society of Printmakers Exhibit

Bridge ArtSpace
May 7 – 25, 2018
23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA
Non-juried works from Californa Society of Printmakers that "represent the current direction of their art practice or a favorite piece that illustrates an important period or shift in the development of their work."

My Sweet Osprey Dreams quilt will be shown.

Works by: Nora Akino, Shunsuke Ando, Peter Baczek, Jonathan Barcan, Sandra Beard, Priscilla Birge, Jenn Cole, Jan Cook, Hélène Paulette Côté, Cathie Crawford, Kim W. Fink, Joan Finton, Rich Fowler, Sherana Harriette Frances, Karen Benioff Friedman, J. Ruth Gendler, Alisa Golden, Dana Harris Seeger, Maj-Britt Hilstrom, Susan Leone Howe, Debra Jewell, Joanna Kidd, Danguole Rita Kuolas, Geneviéve L'Heureux, Sara Lankutis, Dixie Laws, Kent Manske, HJ Mooij, Barbara Nilsson, Pat Prosek, Ashley Rodriguez Reed, Asli Saglam, Denese Sanders, Dana Harris Seeger, Maryly Snow, Herlinde Spahr, Laurie Szujewska, Jami Taback, Susan Tibbon, Sylvia Solochek Walters, Yishu Wang, Monica Wiesblott, Helen Wu, Nanette Wylde

Exhibition of Book Art from Tokyo and California in San Francisco

MUSUBU: Book Art: Tokyo-California
7 April – 19 May 2018

Opening Reception: 7 April, 5:00pm to 8:00pm with curators' talks at 6:30pm
Curators: Jody Alexander and Hisako Nakazawa
At the American Bookbinder's Museum

Participating US artists: Rhiannon Alpers, Elizabeth Boyne, Macy Chadwick, Lucy Childs, Marie Dern and Danielle Giudici Wallis, Casey Gardner, Alisa Golden, Jennie Hinchcliff, Charles Hobson, Lisa Kokin, Bryan Kring, Hedi Kyle, Howard Munson, Penny Nii, Felicia Rice, Judith Serebrin, Larry Van Velzer and Peggy Gotthold of Foolscap Press, Katherine Venturelli, Kenneth Wilkes, and co-curators Hisako Nakazawa and Jody Alexander.

Tokyo Bookbinding Club participants: Yoko Bato, Keiko Fujii, Michiko Fujita, Sinki Fukuda, Mari Hatano, Fumiko Ichida, Masumi Inayama, Junko Inque, Hisako Kawashima, Rie Kondo, Yukari Kunii, Ikuko Nakajima, Hiroko Nakano, Amu Nakao, Eiko Nakao, Kunie Ogoshi, Maki Sato, Katsuyuko Sawada, Ariko Shibata, Keiko Suzuki, Yoko Taguchi, Hiroe Takahashi, Akiko Tsumura, Maya Yamashita.

My perpetual haiku calendar, Days Made Strange is included in the show. You can also see it here.

Guns: Loaded Conversations Art Quilt Exhibition

Guns: Loaded Conversations
22 April – 15 July 2018

Opening Reception: April 22, 3-5pm
At San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. 520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA.

My art quilt "Hand Gun" is included in this show and you can also see it here. Details, slide show, and catalogue info is here.

Art Quilt Regional Exhibition

Art Quilts: Works by Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates
4 April – 27 May 2018

Opening Reception: April 19, 6-8pm
Special Event: Mother's Day Tea and Art Sale: Sunday, May 13, 2018
At Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA.

Two of my felted books (3D quilts) are included in this show: Smiled Politely and Left and Beautiful Tattoos. You can also see them here and here. Catalogue of the 2D quilts in the show available on Amazon: Art Quilts: Works by Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates

Creative Arts Process Cards

Makers, looking for a fresh process? A new angle? A way to access content? A hike through the imagination, a careful notice of the physical world, a dedicated path to the content store within you, Creative Arts Process Cards can inspire your next project. The cards encourage you to engage deeply, work slowly, providing an impulse and the freedom to make a project of your own. A great little gift.

For more information and to order your own Creative Arts Process Cards deck read more here.

Art Quilts/Open Books 2017-2018

Art Quilts/Open Books is a new page devoted to my current fiber art projects that incorporate layers of text, color, texture, and imagery.

Alisa Golden's Etsy Store: nevermindtheart

Support Living Artists! (as Susan King once said) Full description of available books and images: nevermindtheart.

Literary Publications

See what blocked the lanes on the freeways in the SF East Bay for a few years and read a short memoir in Diagram: Issue 14.6, published Dec. 31, 2014; The combined scrolling list/story is called "Traffic Matter."

Read more stories and poems by Alisa Golden in these literary publications.

The little but mighty print zine Blink-Ink has accepted my work in the past couple years, publishing my 50-word stories in #29, #26, and #25. Consider supporting a small press and subscribing for only $12!

Vegetarian Comfort Food and Cats Cookbook

Vegetarian Comfort Food and Cats contains one hundred favorite recipes from bread and muffins, cakes and pies, casseroles, sides, and main dishes to cookies and bars, pancakes, salads, and soups and stews. Vegan and gluten-free options are offered and noted. Included are photos of neighborhood cats, highlighting the kittens who grew up next door. Originally created in 2008 for my daughter, this is the expanded and retested version of recipes that are continually requested at my house. You an find a copy of Vegetarian Comfort Food and Cats at Amazon.

Star 82 Review: Magazine Designed, Edited, Published by Alisa Golden

Spring 6.1 is now available! Hear our voices!

6.1 online is here.
Support the project and get a print copy of 6.1.
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Submit and read!

NOW AVAILABLE! In celebration of twenty regular issues, we have a special 5th Anniversary issue! Inside you will find all of the erasure and photo covers, lists of contributors, and the twenty poems created from either the first two or last two words from each written piece. An index, of sorts. A sampler, of sorts. Dessert, anyone? Print copies only: Star 82 Review 5th Anniversary

(never mind the press is a member of the Amazon Affiliate program. All proceeds are recycled back into support for the magazine.)

Blog & Instructional Book

I supplement the structures book with thoughts on the creative process, creative writing, reading, exploratory essays on writer/artists and exhibitions, and I include a craft project here and there. See

Making Handmade Books: 100 Bindings, Structures and Forms is my fifth instructional book, a compilation and revision of the first three books plus new material, 16 or so new structures, and 41 statements from professional artists who make books and/or teach bookmaking.


You may purchase books directly from the press via cash, money order, or check. Select books and art are available via credit card at my Etsy store: nevermindtheart.

If you prefer to pay by credit card, the following dealers represent never mind the press:

Seager Gray Gallery
108 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 12-5pm

Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC
South Hall Building
1951 Hoover Court, Suite 205
Birmingham, AL 35226-3606

Previous Exhibitions

Books of Course: From the teaching collections of Macy Chadwick, Julie Chen, Betsy Davids, Alisa Golden, Michael Henninger, Charles Hobson, Nance O'Banion, Karen Sjoholm, and Kathleen Walkup
Curated by Alisa Golden at San Francisco Center for the Book, 2017
Catalogue at SFCB store.

ArtRead: Bookworks from CCA Students and Faculty
Curated by Betsy Davids, Alisa Golden, and Nance O'Banion at California College of the Arts
Photos of the books here.
Catalogue and preview of catalogue available here.

Wings for Words: New Bookworks from Korea and Japan
Curated by Alisa Golden at San Francisco Center for the Book
Photos of the exhibit here.

PrintWorks: CCA Faculty and Alumni
Curated by Alisa Golden and Nance O'Banion at California College of the Arts
Photos of the exhibit here.
Catalogue may be purchased from CreateSpace or from Amazon here: PrintWorks: CCA Faculty and Alumni.


Snapshots of Book Art in Asia
In Summer 2007, my interviews and article for the Pacific Center for the Book Arts journal The Ampersand was published. Tsang Kinwah and Heejung Kim have posted the article on their websites. Sangmi Chun has posted excerpts on her blog. I'm happy to report that I've now got it online with active links so you can see all the artists and artwork easily.

The following people graciously gave their time: Xu Bing, Michael Cherney, Elsie Sampson, Tsang Kinwah, Kahoru Otani, Veronika Schäpers, Seiko Tachibana, Peng-Peng Wang, Shu-Ju Wang, Narae Kim, Sangmi Chun, and Heejung Kim. Thanks to everyone who had input. Hard copies of the magazine are available through PCBA. The article became a prelude for the Wings for Words exhibit at the San Francisco Center for the Book in 2009.

Here is an article "The Background's The Thing" that I wrote in September 2008 for the Pacific Center for the Book Arts Journal The Ampersand, comparing book art to science fiction short-short stories from the 1960s.

My friend and colleague, Lisa Kokin had an exhibition at the Donna Seager Gallery called Panacea Plus. I was honored to be asked to write the essay for her catalogue. The full-color catalogue is available (with the introductory essay) from lulu here. You can see a video of her discussing and showing her work here.

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