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ALL SUMMER 2012 WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

LEFT TO CHANCE: THE ACCIDENTAL BOOK ART NOW SHOWING IN THE AUSTIN/BURCH GALLERY

How has chance affected the book arts today? What are the ways in which luck, chaos, randomness, or other manifestations of chance are employed in the creation of a book art?

2012 marks the centennial of John Cage’s birth – inventor, composer, printmaker, and mycologist. In this exhibition, the San Francisco Center for the Book pays tribute to Cage and his influence on visual arts, as well as his enduring legacy and love of experimentation with music, wild mushrooms, Zen Buddhism, I-Ching, visual art, printmaking, and typography.

Curated by Hanna Regev, Left to Chance: In Search of the Accidental Book Art appreciates the range and impact of Cage’s work across various disciplines by inviting book artists to use serendipity, randomness, unpredictability, luck, found objects, and chance-determined procedures to generate new works that are free of any particular order or rule, as well as using new technologies (e.g., laser cutting, digital printing, video works).

This exhibition is currently on view Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday 12-4pm, and is free and open to the public.

Image Courtesy of SFCB

ALL SUMMER WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

We are pleased to bring you another trimester full of innovative and engaging workshops here at SFCB! Summer 2012 promises to be a busy and exciting time in our studios. Click here to view the full selection of available Spring and Summer workshops. Below please find a list of currently available Spring workshops; view the workshops page on our site to see the Summer selection.

Small & Scrappy
with Judith Serebrin

Friday
March 23
9:30am - 2:30pm
$100

Make charming, tiny books with beautiful paper scraps from your art and book making projects. You’ll make pamphlets, pocket pamphlets, concertinas, scrolls and exposed spine sewings.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Tipped and Torn: Basic Paper Mending for Books & Documents
with Hannah Tashjian

Saturday
March 24
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

Learn the basics of archival paper repair using wheat starch paste and Japanese papers. You'll learn dry cleaning methods, several mending techniques and two ways to reattach loose leaves to a text block.

Image courtesy of Hannah Tashjian

The Gallery Book
with Marsha Shaw

Thursday
March 29
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

Construct a modified accordion book decorated with stamping and collage in this fun workshop that's suitable for bookmakers of all levels.

Image courtesy of Marsha Shaw

Double Trouble: Type and Block on the Vandercook
with Adam Ewing

Saturday
March 31
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

Learn valuable tips and tricks on how to make the Vandercook work double for you, making the most of your time and paper. This workshop will involve traditional letterpress techniques including advanced typesetting techniques, preparation of type high linoleum blocks for carving and printing, transferring proofed form to block for carving reverse type or adding color to your work, basic type carving skills, set up and printing of multiple forms at once, and multiple color registration.

Image courtesy of Adam Ewing

Altered Book
with Courtney Cerruti

Saturday
March 31
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

Alter an existing book with a myriad of art and writing techniques learned in class to create a stunning and inspired artist's visual journal.

Image courtesy of Courtney Cerruti

Floor Model Platen Press Maintenance
with Alan Hillesheim

Friday
April 6
6:30am - 9:30pm
$75

Learn to maintain your floor model platen press and get tips on troubleshooting and basic repair.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Collage Board Book
with Marsha Shaw

Saturday
April 7
10:00am - 5:00pm
$110

Have tiny scraps of imagery and need somewhere to put them? Create a one-of-a-kind collaged artists' board book and put those images to good use.

Image courtesy of Marsha Shaw

Letterpress Printing on a Vandercook Cylinder Press PLUS: Core Curriculum
with Mary Laird

Monday-Friday
April 9-13
9:30am - 5:30pm
$650

This series of workshops covers typesetting and printing on a Vandercook cylinder press using metal type, wood type and photopolymer plates. You will have the opportunity to work on your own projects as well as create collaborative works with other students. You will learn advanced typesetting and press lock-up, how to print on dry and damp paper, ink mixing, multiple-color registration, and the basics of press mechanics. After this workshop you will be qualified to rent SFCB's Vandercook presses.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Crossed Structure Binding
with Judith Serebrin

Saturday
April 14
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

Learn a historically inspired binding technique in this workshop for beginner to advanced bookbinders.

Image courtesy of Judith Serebrin

Introduction to Bookbinding
with Jaye Lee Fishel

Tuesday
April 17
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$40

Ever been curious about how to make a book? Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start! One workshop, five books! Learn basic structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Letterpress Core: Floor Model Platen Press
with Lisa Rappoport

Sundays
April 22 & 29
9:30am - 5:30pm
$300

Learn the fundamentals of printing on an antique C&P platen press. Increase production and print on oddly shaped and thick papers, such as coaster stock.

Image courtesy of Robyn Lehr

Paste Papers
with Courtney Cerruti

Monday
April 23
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

Spend an evening creating original, hand-painted paste paper to use as gift wrap, in collage and as bookbinding decoration. Traditionally used as endpapers in books, paste paper is used by artists today in myriad of paper crafts, including card making, painting and mixed media. Learn various techniques for making traditional and modern patterns and take home a stack of samples.

Image courtesy of Courtney Cerruti

An Accordion Color Book
with Andie Thrams

Saturday & Sunday
April 28 & 29
9:30am - 5:30pm
$260

Explore how to mix the colors you seek within the pages of an accordion-folding book. Step-by-step exercises will demystify color mixing as you create a beautiful watercolor reference source for future projects.

Image courtesy of Andie Thrams

Making Art Together: A Workshop for Parents and Children
with Peter Linenthal

Saturday
April 28
10:00am - 12:00pm
$40

This two-hour workshop teaches parents and children together how to complete fun, engaging and educational paper and book projects.

This workshop is also offered on Saturday, April 28 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

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