BOOK TALK :: Dominic Riley & Michael Burke

Event :: BOOK TALK with Dominic Riley and Michael Burke

Date :: June 16, 2017

Time :: 6:30 PM Reception / 7:00 PM Presentation / 8:30 Event ends

R.S.V.P. :: Admission is Free. R.S.V.P. here...

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco

Binding Right with Might: The Great Bookbinding Strike of 1786, an illustrated talk with Dominic Riley

Bookbinders were the first artisans in Britain to strike against their Masters, and the first to be sent to prison for their ‘crime’ —demanding a reduction of their working day from 15 to 14 hours. They were also the first to establish a Trade Union, and led the way for the ‘forty hour’ movement. So how is their story not better known?
Dominic has been researching their story for many years and has recently published a full-length article about his ancestors’ heroic struggle. It is a story about the ancient art of bookbinding, of course, but also of the turbulent 1780s in Europe, when working people of all kinds dared to challenge the oppressive conditions they labored under.
In addition to this gripping tale, Dominic and Michael will also share some of their recent adventures in bookbinding since we last met, and celebrate their summer’s teaching in San Francisco.

Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned artist, lecturer, and teacher. His bindery is located in the Lake District, from where he travels across the United Kingdom teaching and lecturing. He spends part of the year teaching Master Bookbinding workshops at San Francisco Center for the Book, across the United States, and in Australia. His work is mostly restoration and Design Binding, for which he has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competitions. He was elected Fellow of Design Bookbinders in 2008. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York, and the San Francisco Public Library.

Michael Burke

Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has taught and lectured at Society of Bookbinders' conferences and seminars, Guild of Bookworkers' meetings in the United States, and while on teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Each year he teaches Master Bookbinding workshops at the San Francisco Center for the Book and across the United States. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Master Degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.

Master Bookbinding Workshops

Master Bookbinders Dominic Riley and Michael Burke are back at San Francisco Center for the Book for a summer of Master Bookbinding workshops and other bookbinding adventures.

Find the schedule of Dominic and Michael's Master Bookbinding Workshops here...