The Ideal Sketchbook

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$ 205.00

July 9th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Dominic Riley
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: July 9th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: July 9th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

The Ideal Sketchbook is a structure is modeled on the nineteenth century artists' sketchbooks and journals, similar to the ones used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered across the Lake District to draw and write. It is an honest structure made simply and from high quality materials, it opens beautifully and is very durable. It can be made at home with no equipment, just a few simple tools, and since it is not 'cased-in' requires very little pressing.

The pages are made from good cartridge paper, ideal for pen-and-ink drawing, pencil sketching or writing. Working from full sized sheets, we will fold and slit the paper to give a beautiful, feathery deckled edge. We will then sew the book with linen thread on strong tapes, and sew in a cloth hinge for strength. The book is rounded, for easy opening, but not backed, eliminating the need for a press. The case, or cover, is made from cushioned boards covered in strong natural canvas that can withstand all the hard knocks associated with going 'out into the field'. Note: the decoration on the cover will not be taught as part of this workshop. Suitable for all levels of bookbinding experience.

Materials to Bring: Scalpel.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, metal ruler, cutting mat, dividers.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $205.00

Date & Time: Sunday, July 9, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Dominic Riley

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

Past Student Reviews:

“Dominic was so engaged with each student, with bonus history and otherwise entertaining tales. He created such a great atmosphere in the class."

"The class was very well paced. He managed to keep everything flowing well, yet still had time to share entertaining and historical anecdotes that added so much to the class. It was a wonderful experience.”

“This class was everything I'd hoped it would be, and much more." 


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
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