Secret Belgian Binding

$ 180.00

May 13th, 2017 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Jennie Hinchcliff
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: May 13th, 2017 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: May 13th, 2017 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 1
This non-adhesive book structure was originally developed by Belgian Anne Goy in the 1980’s and has become a favorite among book artists and binders. In this daylong class, students will learn the ins-and-outs of creating an ingenious soft-cover structure.

There’s a reason why this particular structure is called the “Secret Belgian Binding”: constructing this style of book may seem like a mystery at first, but is actually quite ingenious once you understand the basic ins-and-outs. Developed by Belgian bookbinder Anne Goy in the 1980’s, this is a wonderful structure for softcover sketchbooks as well as artist book editions. Students will construct 1-2 books in class, as time allows.

Materials to Bring: Right angle triangle (small or medium size is o.k.); any additional papers/ephemera that might be used as decoration for book covers (photos/collage elements/etc.); materials or tools for mark-making such as rubber stamps, watercolor pencils, colored inks, ink pads, etc.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, glue brush, scissors, awl, utility knife, pencil.

Pre-Requisite: Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding or similar bookbinding experience.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $180.00

Date & Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017 :: 10am-6pm

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

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Jennie Hinchcliff

As a “near-native” of San Francisco, Jennie Hinchcliff has been teaching classes in bookbinding and related arts since 2001. Her bookworks can be seen in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Special Collection, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, and the Stadtbibliothek zu Berlin; she has shown work at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Pyramid Atlantic, the New York Art Book Fair and the Tokyo Art Book Fair.

Jennie's personal work can be seen in the books "1000 Artist Journal Pages" (Quarry Books, 2008), "The Creative Entrepreneur" (Quarry Books, 2009), and “500 Handmade Books: Volume 2” (Lark Books, 2013). She is a co-author of "Good Mail Day: A Primer for Eye-Popping Post", which explores the infinite possibilities of correspondence art. Under the moniker Red Handed Rubber Stamps, she creates wacky rubber stamps for a purchasing public.

Past Student Reviews:

“Jennie did a great job with this class I'm super grateful she had us complete the structure 3 times because it's tricky, although not hard. The gradual increase in difficulty was great and I wish it was practical to do the same thing with other classes. She is now one of my top three favorite instructors at SFCB.”

“A great book structure to learn, and Jennie was a wonderful teacher. This was perhaps the best organized class at SFCB that I have ever taken, and Jennie's time management and trouble-shooting were wonderful. Everything was super.”

“Instructor was very organized, She was able to communicate a relatively complex binding clearly. The class was structured to allow the students to go through the process three times.”


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
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