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THIS SATURDAY: AN EVENING WITH VISITING BOOKBINDERS MICHAEL BURKE AND DOMINIC RILEY, PLUS A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY TOAST TO CO-FOUNDER KATHLEEN BURCH

THIS SATURDAY! AN EVENING WITH VISITING BOOKBINDERS MICHAEL BURKE AND DOMINIC RILEY
Plus a special toast to co-founder Kathleen Burch on her 60th Birthday
Saturday/ July 14/ 6 - 9pm/ FREE
Reception from 6 - 7pm/ Lecture from 7 - 8pm/ Toast to Kathleen at 8pm


Join us for a lively illustrated talk from visiting bookbinders Michael Burke and Dominic Riley, as they conclude their summer of teaching at SFCB. Michael will tell the fascinating story of the oldest extant Westeran bindings, which were found in a clay pot in Egypt in 1945. The Nag Hammadi codices are 1800 years old, are in remarkably good condition, and contain the esoteric Gnostic Gospels. Dominic will bring us up to date with a talk about the making of his latest commissioned Design Binding, The Natural History of Selbourne. In a step-by-step talk he will show how the binding was created, from the first design ideas to the execution of the intricate leather onlays and innovative gold tooling he uses in his work. This evening will also feature a one day only exhibition of work produced by students during Michael and Dominic's teaching residency.

We also invite you to stay after the lecture to toast our wonderful co-founder Kathleen Burch on the occasion of her 60th birthday. Come celebrate with us!

Image Courtesy of Dominic Riley

ANNOUNCING ROADWORKS FEATURED ARTISTS

Thank you to all the artists who submitted design ideas to our Open Call for Entries. We were so impressed by the submissions that we selected two artists to join the featured artist team: Mike Kimball and Caitlin Mattisson. Click their names to view their online portfolios and get an idea of what they have in store for Roadworks. We are also pleased to announce our three additional Featured Artists: Rik Olson, Favianna Rodriguez, and Anna Branning of Dutch Door Press.

Roadworks is a day-long public printmaking showcase presented amid a selection of local food and fine craft vendors, happening on Saturday, September 22, from 12-5pm on Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th. Using a three-ton construction steamroller and an unlikely letterpress bed - Rhode Island Street - a team of artists and printers print large-scale prints from three-foot-square hand-carved linoleum blocks. Now in its 9th year, Roadworks has become a casual, popular tradition in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, drawing printmaking and book art enthusiasts as well as locals and families. Events for children will be scheduled all day. Free tours of the Austin/Burch Gallery, plus free letterpress, bookbinding, and other mini-workshops will be offered at SFCB during the festival.

Image Courtesy of Tami Lovett

YOU ARE INVITED: COMMUNITY MEETING
Monday/ July 23/ 6 - 8pm/ FREE


As you know, the San Francisco Center for the Book will be moving into a new space in December 2012. The space will be larger than our present space, and will offer several advantages over our current location. The address is 375 Rhode Island, right around the corner from our present location.

Rhiannon Alpers, Studio Manager, will be planning and coordinating much of the move, and would like to give the community a chance to weigh in on their priorities. Monday, July 23, from 6-8pm you are invited to SFCB for a question and answer session about the new space. At the meeting, we will provide a survey for you so that you can voice your ideas and let us know what you feel are priorities going forward.

If you cannot attend, please complete this survey by August 1, 2012 to have your thoughts considered in the upcoming planning meetings.

If you are interested in possibly donating funds or equipment for the new building please contact Rhiannon personally at rhiannon@sfcb.org to begin a conversation about your interests.

EXPLODING THE CODEX LIGHTNING TALKS
Lightning Talks/ Friday/ July 27/ 6-8pm/ FREE


What's a "lightning talk"? Each of the artists listed below, along with collector Mary Austin and curator Daisy Carlson, will each speak for less than 5 minutes about how their overall work informs their artists' book in the exhibition, followed by general discussion and a walk-through of the entire exhibition. The exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.

Featured artists:
Rhiannon Alpers, Specimen Series: Metamorphosis Numbers Four & Nine
Ed Baskauskas, Colander Calendar
Julie Chen, Memento, The Veil, True to Life
Marie C. Dern, Winter Garden
Bettina Pauly, Tunnel Book
Seiko Tachibana, Egg
Katherine Venturelli, Lunar Journey

Top, left to right: Rhiannon Alpers, Specimen Series: Metamorphosis Number Nine, Ed Baskauskas, Colander Calendar, Julie Chen, Memento, Bettina Pauly, Tunnel Book, Bottom row, left to right: Marie C. Dern, Winter Garden, Seiko Tachibana, Egg, Katherine Venturelli, Lunar Journey. Photography by Charles Byrne.

UPCOMING LETTERPRESS, BOOKBINDING, AND RELATED ARTS WORKSHOPS

Summer is in full swing in the studios, and the first of the Autumn workshops are appearing in the newsletter. We have letterpress, binding, and arts workshops galore for all levels of print and book artists. Below is a list of selected available workshops; view the entire selection of Autumn workshops here.

The Classic Leather Binding
with Dominic Riley

Monday-Friday
July 16-20
9:30am - 5:30pm
$550

Experience the pleasure of working with beautiful calfskin and learn the fundamentals of decorative blind-tooled covers.

Image courtesy of Dominic Riley

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

Letterpress Printing on a Vandercook Cylinder Press: Core Curriculum
with Grendl Löfkvist

Sundays
July 29, August 5, 12 and 19
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

Photopolymer Platemaking Lab: Core Curriculum
with Joel Benson

Monday
July 30
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

Longstitch
with Judith Serebrin

Saturday
August 4
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

Learn the longstitch, a historical binding in which the stitching pattern is woven in and out of the cover with exposed sewing along the spine, resulting in a truly unique and lovely book.

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Altered Board Book
with Courtney Cerruti

Saturday
August 11
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

Learn to make an altered book and a board book in Courtney Cerruti's great introductory workshop.

Image courtesy of Courtney Cerruti

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

Monday–Friday
August 20-24
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

Small & Scrappy
with Judith Serebrin

Friday
August 24
10:00am - 4:30pm
$100

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

Image courtesy of Andria Lo

Image Transfers
with Courtney Cerruti

Wednesday
August 29
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 Courtney Cerruti

Floor Model Platen Press Maintenance
with Alan Hillesheim

Thursday
August 30
6:30pm - 9:30pm
$75

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

Image courtesy of Robyn Lehr

New Autumn Workshop!
Letterpress Core: Floor Model Platen Press

with Lisa Rappoport

Saturdays
September 1 and 8
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

New Autumn Workshop!
Hard Cover Japanese Stab Binding

with Rhiannon Alpers

Saturday
September 8
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

In this workshop we will be building a hinged hard cover Japanese bound book and then building an enclosure to house it.

Image courtesy of Rhiannon Alpers

New Autumn Workshop!
Black and White Linoleum Printmaking

with Rik Olson

Saturday
September 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

New Autumn Workshop!
The Decorated Edge

with Juliayn Coleman

Sunday
September 9
9:30am - 5:30pm
$130

A beautifully decorated edge can be highly expressive part of a fine binding or artist’s book. In this workshop we will learn the basic graphite and 23K gold leaf edge treatments.

Image courtesy of Juliayn Coleman

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