The Black Sheep
Thomas Ashman is a mixed media artist, bookbinder,composer, and teacher, who lives and works in northern New Mexico. Drawing inspiration from his education in literature and experiences in the construction trades, Thomas developed his unique book binding technique to facilitate the use of unusual materials such as glass, sheet metal, and various types of hardware for the binding and covering of quality handmade art journals. Thomas has appeared on DIY network's "Craft Lab" (season 2) and has had work published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio and Somerset Gallery. His work received the "Curator's Pick" and "Viewer's Choice" awards at the "Queen Mab's Picnic" exhibit at the 18th Street Gallery in Bakersfield, CA., and his all-copper journal was included in the 2008 San Diego Book Arts National Juried Exhibition at the Geisel Library at UCSD. Recently, Thomas was selected as "Art Journal/Bookbinding Artisan 2011" by Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (Jan/Feb issue).A sampling of Thomas's work is currently on display at the Sea in the Desert Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Thomas teaches classes at local studios and national retreats. Currently, in addition to always attempting new and varied applications of his binding, Thomas is dabbling in doll making, struggling to write a book of projects and techniques, and has started shooting video workshops.