Bookbinding Core 1-4 :: Weeklong Intensive

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$ 850.00

July 23rd, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: July 23rd, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: July 27th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 5

Bookbinding Core Certificate Program

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking.  It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery. Click here to learn more about the Bookbinding Core Certificate Program and find out how you may receive a discount on classes. 

 Watch a video about our Bookbinding Core Certificate workshops!


Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding 

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, we begin at the beginning. This, the first of our Core Bookbinding series, introduces students to the craft with the Coptic stitch, one of the earliest structures in binding. In addition to coming away with a finished book made by hand, students will also be introduced to the tools and terms of bookbinding. Basic practices and equipment will be discussed as students familiarize themselves with both skills and safety measures needed for working in a bindery.

Bookbinding Core 2 :: Flat-Back Case Binding  

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case. Students will learn more about the mechanics of books as they build on skills from Core 1 and expand both their vocabulary and capabilities in and around the bindery.

Bookbinding Core 3 :: Limp Paper Binding 

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound for a specific collection or library. Often covered with calfskin, these limp vellum bindings became an important structure all their own. In this class students will bind a book using these bindings as a model but employing thick paper as the folded and laced wrapper. Students will learn to use a sewing frame and the skill of sewing headbands. 

Bookbinding Core 4 :: Classic Rounded Back Cloth Binding 

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series (taught in two sessions) uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.  In this structure students will learn to lace boards into the cords used for sewing the book. After sewing, the book will be rounded and backed before the boards are attached and covered. More terms, more tools, more techniques: such are the rewards of the skilled bookbinder!

All paper for SFCB's Core Certificate Program projects has been generously provided by Mohawk.


Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop Fee: $850.00*
*Includes $100.00 discount from individually priced Bookbindging Core workshops.

Date & Time: Monday-Friday, July 23-27, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

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

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.


About the Instructor | Juliayn Coleman

Juliayn Coleman has been a professional bookbinder since her graduation from the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 2003. Her private practice encompasses all levels of book repair and conservation, custom portfolio and enclosure making, teaching, and being a good ambassador for the craft of bookbinding in general. Some of her creative and professional projects can be seen at  www.bookislandbindery.com.


Past Student Reviews:

“Juliayn is an excellent teacher. She employed a combination of demonstrations, whiteboard instruction, handouts, and one-on-one troubleshooting and follow-up to keep the class moving while letting each of us proceed at our own pace. Our class was a lively, witty group. Juliayn participated in the banter while keeping us focused to get through the material we needed to cover each day.”

“Very knowledgeable and lots of fun.”

“I love the process of creating and assembling the pieces to the book. I don't think i'm going to look at books or journals the same.”

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375 RHODE ISLAND ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States