Contemporary Paper Bindings

$ 425.00

April 23rd, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Karen Hanmer
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: April 23rd, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: April 24th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

For centuries paper has served as a quick, elegant, and economical covering material for books. This versatile material can create structures ranging from pocket notebooks to conservation friendly bindings to a case durable enough for a heavily-used manual.

In this two-day workshop we will explore both basic and more complex paper bindings ranging from a simple pamphlet-stitched notebook to a journal with minimalist, linear decorative sewing to a sturdy paper case with lightweight but rigid covers.

New binders will be introduced to basic tools, techniques and materials of the craft. Experienced practitioners will discover how features from multiple bindings can be combined to create a new, custom structure to met the requirements of any project. All of these structures can be made in a sparsely-equipped home studio with minimal specialized tools or equipment.

This attractive set of models, together with detailed handouts, will be a valuable reference and inspiration for future projects.

Materials to Bring: paper to take notes; washcloth or small towel to keep space, tools, self clean and dry

Optional: square; brass strips in 1", 3/4 ", 1/2", 1/4" widths, available at the hardware store, they are more expensive in a set  These will be even more convenient for this workshop if cut down to 8” long with a hacksaw; mini paint roller (3") and pan, plus plastic bag for storage; a bone or metal folder designed for scoring.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone or teflon folder; large cutting mat; utility knife; scissors; metal ruler; small glue brush; large glue brush; awl; beeswax for sewing; pencil; apron; punching cradle; dividers; 4x6 piece non skid shelf lining; sandwich-size baggie or small piece of plastic wrap to keep brush from drying out.

Workshop Fee (includes $60 materials fee): $425.00

Date & Time: Monday & Tuesday, April 23 & 24, 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


About the Instructor | Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format.
Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only nine graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, Hanmer has studied with many notable fine binders. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. See more of her work on her website at:

Past Student Reviews:

“Good pace, great knowledge.”

“Very professional environment for learning. Time and projects were very well organized.”

“Best class I've ever taken."

“Karen is obviously very experienced, and wants to pass on her knowledge to students.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States