Nature's Impressions

Nature's Impressions
a very special workshop 

with Leighanna Light and Leslie Marsh

May 17 - 20, 2019

at the home studio of Leighanna Light
in beautiful Taos, New Mexico

$975 after February 1

I am thrilled to announce Nature’s Impressions, a five-day retreat focusing on bookmaking, eco dyeing, soldering and surface design with Leslie Marsh and Leighanna Light in beautiful, historic Taos, New Mexico.

Join us as we design and create metalworked covers, and explore different techniques for making prints and textures on papers that will be folded and stitched into rich leather-spined metal books. Leighanna and Leslie will guide you through several treatments for both your covers and your papers. Each participant will leave the workshop with a quiver full of skills and TWO finished books.

May is a spectacular time in Taos! The air is still slightly cool and everything is fresh and blooming. New Mexico received its nickname, ‘The Land of Enchantment’, because of its natural beauty, rich history and vibrant culture. The people, their heritage and traditions, their skills and their arts, and the land, its awesome beauty, all make New Mexico the unique and colorful place that it is today.

We hope that you will join us for this creative learning experience, and  enjoy the beauty and splendor of this beautiful land that we call Taos!
We would love for you to join us for this week long art retreat for a rich, immersive, creative, week long experience. 


The total price for this workshop is $975.
A $75.00 early bird discount is available to those who register before February 1.
We encourage full payment at the time of registration, as workshops are limited to 12 participants and tend to fill up quickly. However, if you need to make payments, please contact Leighanna or Leslie to make arrangements. We accept checks, PayPal and credit cards. A $200 non refundable deposit is required to hold your space. The balance must be paid by March 15.

Price includes: 
- 4 days of workshops with Leighanna & Leslie 
- Sunday night welcome reception 
- Home-cooked lunches, drinks and snacks for 4 workshop days 

**Lodging, airfare and transportation are not included.
-All workshops will be held at Leighanna’s private studio in Ranchos De Taos.
-Leighanna lives with her 2 dogs and her significant other. If you are allergic to dogs (or men), please look for our workshops at other venues!

Workshops will begin at 9:30 AM and end at 4:00 PM, with a one-hour lunch break. We will provide some supplies, but you will need to bring a few things. A supply list, directions, and a list of lodging and transportation options will be sent upon registration. 

Questions? Contact Leighanna at or Leslie at

For more information about Leslie & Leighanna, please visit our websites. 

We can’t wait to see you in Taos!

Thursday, May 16, 4:00 PM
If you’re in town early, please join us for a welcome reception at Leighanna’s studio. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.          
*Please RSVP by 5/1.

Friday, May 17, 9:30-4:00 PM 
We will begin our journey with Leslie teaching her gorgeous stamping in solder technique. Our exploration continues as Leighanna teaches you how to make stunning leaf prints on metal as well as image transfers and faux etching on metal. 

Saturday, May 18, 9:30-4:00 PM 
We will spend the entire day eco dyeing the paper for our book and felt that will become bags to hold your finished tomes. 
* Feel free to bring a small amount of fabric or paper of your own to experiment with in the dye pot. 
***Warning, this is highly addictive!

Sunday, May 19, 9:30-4:00 PM 
On Sunday, we will both share our favorite paper surface design recipes using  gesso, ink & paint. We will begin to tear and arrange our pages and assemble the covers, preparing our special books for binding.

Monday, May 20, 9:30-3 PM 
On our final day together, we will be working together to help you wrap it up. You will learn how to bind your books and stitch wool felt bags to hold your finished treasures.
Class will end at 3 PM to begin our closing ceremony.

 Instructors make travel plans, purchase supplies, make kits and secure a workshop space far in advance. Last minute cancellations may cause cancellation of the workshop if the minimum is not met. We understand that situations can arise, causing a change of plans. Most of the time last minute cancellations are are unavoidable and unplanned. We sympathize when this occurs, however it is not possible for us to favor one circumstance over another, so we must maintain a standard policy for all and with no exceptions. A minimum of 5 students are needed to run the workshop and we reserve the right to cancel workshops that do not meet minimum student registration. You will receive a full refund if the minimum is not met.
Cancellations before February 1, your money will be refunded minus a $200 non refundable deposit. Cancellations after February 1, NO money will be refunded. You may transfer your registration to another person, please contact me with the new name & email. By registering for this workshop you are agreeing to comply with our cancellation policy.
It is advisable to purchase cancellation insurance to cover any unforeseen emergencies

Leighanna Light

Leighanna is a passionate art instructor, thingmaker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries & museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books & magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with & to share my creativity with others.  It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos NM with her best friends Thomas, Ruby & Lily.

Leslie Marsh

Book artist and teacher Leslie Marsh is driven by her love of nature and a fascination for cultural and family history. Using metal, stones and vintage findings, she forges relic-like book covers that call to mind medieval treasure bindings created during the Middle Ages. Leslie also spends a lot of time experimenting with the marks left by leaves on paper by steeping the two together. The resulting botanical prints form signature wrappers used in most of her work. She currently lives in Topsail Beach, North Carolina, with the man of her dreams and their dog, Scout.


Payment Options

Payment in Full - $975

Final Payment (For students who've signed up before March 1 and made the first two payments - due March 15) - $350

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