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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: EXPLODING THE CODEX EXHIBITION OPENING JUNE 15 – AND SUMMER WORKSHOPS IN FULL SWING! SIGN UP TODAY

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

These workshops are filling quickly; sign up today to ensure your place in the bindery this summer. 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, Restoration of Leather Bindings, 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!

Images Courtesy of Dominic Riley

EXPLODING THE CODEX EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
Friday/ June 15/ 6 - 8pm/ FREE

SFCB is proud to announce its summer exhibition in the Austin/Burch Gallery, Exploding the Codex, a group show featuring the works of over 40 book artists from the collection of Mary Austin, curated by Daisy Carlson. The show explores the theater of the book and storytelling through structure. These books go beyond the traditional format to unveil new ways of presenting and telling stories. Often theatrical or stage-like in their presentation, they pull the viewer into their individual dramas and diverse varieties of form and presentation.

At left, Work Hard by Anna Wolf; right, Black Torah by Robbin Ami Silverberg. Photography by Charles Byrne.

UPCOMING LETTERPRESS, BOOKBINDING, AND RELATED ARTS WORKSHOPS

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.

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

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

Introduction to Bookbinding
with Nina Eve Zeininger-Byrne

Thursday
June 21
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

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. This workshop is great for beginners!

Image courtesy of Michael Burke

The Ideal Album
with Michael Burke

Sunday
June 24
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

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

Image courtesy of Michael Burke

Restoration of Leather Bindings
with Dominic Riley

Monday-Friday
June 25-29
9:30am - 5:30pm
$550

This intensive workshop is for those with some leather experience who would like to learn the fundamentals of the most challenging area of book restoration.

Image courtesy of Dominic Riley

Limp Vellum Binding
with Michael Burke

Saturday-Monday
June 30, July 1 and July 2
9:30am - 5:30pm
$400

Experience the pleasure of working with vellum and learn to make this enduring and beautiful historical structure.

Image courtesy of Michael Burke

Letterpress Printing on a Vandercook Cylinder Press: Core Curriculum
with Thea Sizemore

Saturdays
July 7, 14, 21, and 28
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 Printed Coasters
with Lisa Rappoport

Sunday
July 8
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

Personalize your next party! Using SFCB's vast collection of type and decorative ornaments, print an edition of coasters of your own design.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

The Oldest Western Binding: St. Cuthbert's Gospel of St. John
with Michael Burke

Monday-Thursday
July 9-12
9:30am - 5:30pm
$475

Learn how to make a model of one of the most important–and intriguing–early bindings, one of the great treasures of the British Library.

Image courtesy of Michael Burke

Photopolymer Platemaking Lab: Core Curriculum
with Joel Benson

Tuesday
July 10
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

Tabletop Platen Press Maintenance
with Alan Hillesheim

Monday-Thursday
July 9-12
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

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

Image courtesy of SFCB

Black and White Linoleum Printmaking
with Rik Olson

Sunday
July 15
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

Learn the basics of linoleum-block design, carving, and printing. Led by master printer Rik Olson, you'll create a linoleum print of your own design.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Introduction to Bookbinding
with Courtney Cerruti

Monday
July 16
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

Introduction to Letterpress Printing
with Paula Gloistein

Monday
July 16
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$40

Curious about the world of letterpress printing but not sure where to start? Wondering if letterpress printing is up your alley? Get your feet wet in this introductory workshop by pulling your own print off both a Vandercook cylinder press and a tabletop platen press.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Slip Case
with Andrew Rottner

Saturday
July 21
9:30am - 5:30pm
$150

Protect books in elegant full cloth–covered slipcases. Learn the tricks of constructing durable and attractive slipcases working from a template provided by the instructor.

Image courtesy of Andrew Rottner

Coptic Binding
with Hannah Tashjian

Saturday
July 28
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

The Coptic binding is an ancient non-adhesive binding that has modern appeal. Its exposed sewing is complemented by the variety of materials that can be used to make book covers.

Image courtesy of Hannah Tashjian

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