A Chicago native, Mita Saldana received her BA from Columbia College Chicago
where she developed her jewelry making skills as a silversmith.
After many years of working with the rigid and hard materials of her craft
she discovered the softness and give of paper and everything changed.
Returning to Columbia College’s brand new Book and Paper department
she continued her education in the book arts.
Mita moved to New Mexico and opened Against the Grain Center for Bookbinding.
For over 23 years she has been repairing and restoring used and rare books,
creating small editions, and teaching people
how to make books, boxes and the related arts.
In the past she has taught regularly at
The Hispanic Cultural Center, Santa Fe Community College,
The Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque Academy,
and private studios and numerous retail locations across the state.
Her work has been exhibited in both Illinois and New Mexico
and she is one of the founding members of
Libros: New Mexico Book Arts Guild.