About the Instructors

The New Mexico Art Gypsies are Cynthia Leespring and Julie Filatoff.

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. Follow Cyn on Pinterest or Facebook.


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.