About the Instructors

The New Mexico Art Gypsies are Ruth Anna Abigail, Cynthia Leespring, and Julie Filatoff.

Ruth Anna Abigail

Ruth Anna Abigail is a professor emerita with 35 years of classroom teaching. She spent the last 12 years of her career teaching adults and is an expert in experiential learning techniques. She has taught for the Book Arts Group in Santa Fe, as well as various quilt stores in Southern California. Her passion is creating art in all media. Currently, she is concentrating on book arts, but her interests include drawing, painting, mixed-media, quilting, and sculpting. She has presented five solo exhibitions and has been been included in international quilt exhibitions. She is a proud grandmother to Archer and dog mother to five dogs.


Cynthia Leespring

Cynthia Leespring is a self-taught artist and craftswoman, wanting to try everything. And she pretty much has. Clay, papermaking, spinning, weaving, knitting, jewelry, clothing, embroidery, on and on. Something new always beckons, but it seems fiber and paper win out most of the time. For several years, handmade books and journals have taken center stage.  Cyn’s love of history has also been a player; she spent more than 10 years as a tour guide throughout Northern New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment.


Julie Filatoff

Julie R. Filatoff is a mixed-media, fiber, and book artist. She has a bachelor of arts degree in general art and marketing. Julie has taught numerous book arts and mixed-media workshops.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in several magazines and books. She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Visit Julie’s website, http://www.jirafstudio.com, or follow her on Pinterest or Instagram.