Melinda Tidwell

Collage Artist






Workshop News

January 20, 2016

My next workshop for Collaging The Book is on February 27-28, 2016 at my studio in Santa Fe. Besides general collage composition and techniques, we will be taking a closer look at the use of hardback book covers. Deconstructing old hardbacks reveals a treasure of textures inside the spine and beneath the cloth covers. Additionally, the thicker cover board can add interesting depth to an otherwise flat collage. Peeled or unpeeled, book boards can be cut, carved, gouged, sewn, sawn and drilled. 


These classes are limited to 8 students, early registration is advised.  

Class Fee is $220 +$20 materials fee. Register here.



Some Changes


- To accomodate out of town students, all materials are now provided for all workshops.


- For the two-day workshop, I am introducing the option to participate for one day only--- I know its alot to give up your whole weekend. So you can now register for either the Saturday or Sunday session, or both.


- The March workshop has been cancelled, as a kind student just pointed out to me it is Easter! We will resume in April, 4th weekend of the month.


- Also, summer workshops are filling up fast, particularly July, so if you are thinking about taking a week this summer to enjoy amazing skies, beautiful weather, and enlivening creativity, please register soon.


Book Collage Presentation at BAG

January 20, 2016

I am pleased to have been invited by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group, to give a short talk on the wonders of deconstructing books to build collages. I was doing collage with magazines and papers when I happened to take a workshop with Lisa Kokin in the Bay Area. She has done fabulously imaginative and beautiful work with books and after that one day workshop, I was hooked. Come and see all the fun techniques I learned from her as well as my own discoveries in the art of Book Collage. The talk is:


Saturday, February 13, 2016


SFCC Board Room


Note, you must be a BAG member to attend this presentation. Dues are a very reasonable $30/yr.

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New Website Goes On World Tour

November 09, 2015

Trying desperately to keep up with the times, I have built a new website with some fun new offerings.

The Classes page details new workshops I am offering in my Santa Fe studio.  My aim is to offer a workshop every month of 2016, with weekend workshops in our colder months and week long workshops when the weather gets seriously beautiful, May - October.  Prime time in Santa Fe is in our monsoon season, July-August, where we can get amazing lightning and thunderstorms, and always great clouds.  At 7000 ft, we are warm in the summer but rarely hot, and it is a good dry heat. Class size is limited to 8 students so early registration is advised.

A new Shop page can direct you to galleries that sell my original art, or to an external storefront site where I am now selling Fine Art Giclee Prints.  The storefront site has the capability to show prints framed and also "in a room" to give you a sense of how it would look in your home, kinda nice.  Also on offer is my first catalog, a monograph quality printing (from Blurb), 40 pages featuring of 19 Book Collages from 2011-2012.  

And finally, I have added a Blog page which is meant to be of interest to artists and collectors alike, sharing the journey of making this art.  Although the Blog page is there now, its content will not arrive until January 2016.

Breaking (More) New Ground In Santa Fe

November 01, 2015

My year at Vivo Contemporary, a cooperative gallery in Santa Fe, was a big boost.  I got to experience the Canyon Road art scene in all its seasons, and meet some wonderful local artists. I also dipped my toes back into graphic design, building them a sleek, new website, and designing postcards and banners for the shows. I love to play with books, but I also love to design on the computer, so these assignments were fun for me.  

But, now that I know much more about what it takes to run an art gallery, I would like to leave that to the experts!  Enter Nisa Touchon Fine Art, a new gallery in town dedicated to showing collage and assemblage. I am very pleased to be added to the roster at this gem of a gallery, managed and curated by the talented team of Cecil Touchon and his wife Rosalia. Cecil has been doing amazing collage since the early 1980's and has brought together some of the best people working in the medium today.  Off the beaten path, easy parking, this gallery is a real treat.

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