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JOIN US FOR A LECTURE WITH VISITING BOOKBINDER TIMOTHY ELY THIS FRIDAY AT 7PM!

CLOCKWERK MEN BEFORE ENLIGHTENMENT: A LECTURE WITH TIMOTHY ELY
Friday/ May 4/ 7 - 9pm/ FREE

Join us for a lecture with visiting bookbinder Timothy Ely. The lecture will include an overview of Ely's books and influences, with a focus on technical information on the formation of the books.

Timothy C. Ely is an artist living in Colfax, WA, formerly in Portland, OR and New York City. He makes unique manuscript books that are lavishly painted and drawn visual narratives, often including maps, cribriform writing, odd arcana, and are about such topics as natural sciences, mathematics, architecture, and sacred geometry. He is influenced by comic books, Steam Punk design and the study of history, religion, and sociological and psychological phenomena. The works often include soil, sand, and other detritus from pertinent sites around the globe, metals, pigments, textiles, inks, resins, and wax. In addition to these works, he is a printmaker and develops 21st century bookbinding tools and equipment such as the Planetary Collage Dreadnaught and Scout sewing frames, Magnito box building blocks, a nipping press, and a finishing press are currently in the works. His work is in library special collections and private collections worldwide.

SUMMER BOOKBINDING TEACHING RESIDENCY WITH DOMINIC RILEY AND MICHAEL BURKE
June & July, 2012

SFCB is pleased to welcome back master bookbinders Dominic Riley and Michael Burke, who join us once again for the annual summer teaching residency in the SFCB bindery. In addition to the ever-popular Ideal Sketchbook and Album workshops, which are suitable for beginning students, Dominic and Michael will offer a range of workshops which cover more advanced bookbinding themes: Millimeter Binding, Limp Vellum Binding, Introduction to Hand Tooling, The Oldest Western Binding: St. Cuthbert's Gospel of St. John, Nag Hammadi Binding, and The Classic Leather Binding.

Dominic and Michael provide something for everyone interested in the art of the handmade book. These workshops are specifically designed in collaboration with SFCB's own bookbinding instructors, so that if you have completed the regular foundational classes throughout the year you will be ready to try some more advanced structures and techniques. Click here to view complete information about all of the workshops and sign up! We look forward to seeing you in the bindery this summer!

Image Courtesy of Dominic Riley

LEFT TO CHANCE: IN SEARCH OF 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

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP TODAY

With visiting instructors and a full array of core curriculum workshops, Summer workshops are filling quickly. Below is a list of selected available workshops; view the workshops page on our site to see the complete selection.

Letterpress Printing on a Vandercook Cylinder Press: Core Curriculum
with Leigh McLellan

Monday evenings
May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2 and 9
6:30pm - 10:00pm
$525

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, 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

Pressure Printing and Wood Type
with Macy Chadwick

Sunday
May 13
10:00am - 5:00pm
$130

Learn easy, versatile printmaking techniques using the Vandercook press that will add life and dimension to your invitations, posters and books.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

French Link Stitch
with Juliayn Coleman

Sunday
May 20
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

The French (or herringbone) link stitch book has an exposed spine where the twisted pattern is visible. The sewing is elegant and attention-grabbing. In this workshop, we will create one softcover sample book.

Image courtesy of Juliayn Coleman

Introduction to Bookbinding
with Rhiannon Alpers

Tuesday
May 22
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 Printing on a Vandercook Cylinder Press: Core Curriculum
with Lisa Rappoport

Sundays
June 6, 10, 17 & 24
9:30am - 5:30pm
$525

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

Letterpress Review
with Mary Laird

Sunday
May 27
9:30pm - 5:30pm
$150

Have you taken some printing workshops but need a refresher? This workshop is designed for students with printing experience who are feeling a bit hesitant or rusty. A great day for renewing your relationship to the process and inspiring your confidence that will bring you eight hours closer to mastery.

Image courtesy of Mary Laird

Box Making
with Andrew Rottner

Sundays
May 27 and June 3
9:30pm - 5:30pm
$260

In this workshop, Andrew Rottner will step students through the process of creating one of the most technically challenging handmade boxes, the full-cloth covered clamshell presentation box.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Image Transfers
with Courtney Cerruti

Wednesday
June 6
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

Learn image transfer techniques for paper arts, collage, fiber arts, and more. Explore transfer options using inexpensive materials and go home with a wealth of knowledge and a packet of samples made in class.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Vandercook Press Maintenance
with Alan Hillesheim

Thursday
June 14
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

Learn to maintain your Vandercook proof press and get tips on troubleshooting and basic repair.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

The Ideal Album
with Michael Burke

Sunday
June 17
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

A perfect accompaniment to The Ideal Sketchbook, this workshop features a binding inspired by elegant Victorian photo albums– minus their flaws.

Image courtesy of Michael Burke

Millimeter Binding
with Dominic Riley

Monday-Friday
June 18-22
9:30am - 5:30pm
$550

Spend a week exploring the elegance of the classic millimeter binding and its variations, and learn several techniques that are rarely explored in ordinary bindings.

Image courtesy of Dominic Riley

Photopolymer Platemaking Lab: Core Curriculum
with Joel Benson

Tuesday
June 19
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

Using digital files that you supply, learn to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates for fine letterpress printing.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

The Ideal Sketchbook
with Michael Burke

Saturday
June 23
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, this was the “daybook” of choice for the great Romantic English poets and artists.

Image courtesy of Michael Burke

Letterpress Core: Floor Model Platen Press
with Lisa Rappoport

Saturdays
June 23 & 30
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 Andria Lo

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