Non-Book Book Club: Handmade Story Books Workshop

Make your own beautiful handmade book and explore how far away places or deep down feelings can inspire book creation.


A Buddhist Prayer Wheel found in the market of a little city 10,000 ft above sea level inspired artist Sushmita Mazumdar to create a little secret book for her own wishes, hopes, and promises. Come hear the story and learn to make your own Book of Wishes. You will be exploring how far away places or deep down feelings can inspire book creation and creativity.

Fill your book with hopes for the New Year during this hands-on workshop and wear it home. Art supplies will be provided.


Sushmita Mazumdar, is a Greater Washington DC area book artist, writer, and educator. She started writing stories for children when her children were little and made them into fun books by hand. Since then, she teaches art education programs for children as well as adult groups to encourage storytelling and passing on cultural heritage from one generation to the next. 

After receiving a Bachelor’s in Applied Arts from Bombay University (India), Sushmita worked as an art director in the advertising industry in Mumbai for 10 years. In 1999, she moved to the US and apart from doing design work, trained to be a docent with the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art (National Museum of Asian Art) in Washington DC, where she gives tours till today. Sushmita is also an assistant organizer of the Arlington Writer’s Meetup Group and a member artist of the Empowered Women International, an award-winning organization that promotes the art of immigrant women, and creates entrepreneurial and career opportunities for success. 

Sushmita is interested in collecting and hearing people’s stories, an interest sparked in her by her father, a wonderful storyteller. She lives in Arlington with her son, daughter and husband.

You can see some of Sushmita's work at


AIGA Contact/Organizer:

When & Where
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
The Creative Group
1401 I (Eye) St NW, Suite 400
Washington, District of Columbia 20005