Paper Repair Intensive

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$ 365.00

August 3rd, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Michael Burke
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: August 3rd, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 4th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

Paper repair is an essential skill of the book restorer, as many bindings have text pages or plates in need of treatment. In this workshop, Michael will demonstrate effective techniques for treating damaged pages, focusing on cleaning, flattening, restoring loss and mending tears. Taking a conservation approach, the workshop will emphasize good practice such as documentation of work, decision making, reversibility of mends, testing media for solubility and stability and the use of appropriate materials. 

Materials to Bring: Teflon folder, small artists brushes, scalpel and blades, tweezers. Most importantly, paper in need of repair; torn, worn, damaged, fragile or just dirty text paper, or printed materials (etchings, engravings etc). Feel free to bring other media such as hand colored plates, collogrpahs or colored engravings, which will be useful for discussion even if we don't actually treat them

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, micro spatula, utility knife.

Workshop Fee (includes $40 materials fee): $365.00

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4, 2019 :: 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 | Michael Burke

Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has taught and lectured at Society of Bookbinders conferences and seminars, and at Guild of Bookworkers meetings in the USA, as well as teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book and across the USA. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.

Past Student Reviews:

 “Michael is very knowledgeable and patient. He kept us on track and the pace lively so that we did not feel rushed at the end.”

“Very enjoyable to work with Michael.”

“Michael is always totally prepared for the class. Materials and handouts are well organized.”

“Michael is one of the reasons I take classes at SFCB.”

$ 365.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States