Introduction to Korean Bookbinding

$ 75.00

August 28th, 2020 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Steph Rue
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 28th, 2020 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: August 28th, 2020 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

In this introductory workshop, students will learn about the history, techniques, tools, and materials of Korean bookbinding. We will prepare text blocks by binding folded sheets together with paper cords to create an inner binding, and then sew covers to the text blocks to make a five-hole side-stitch book. We will also learn the traditional method of burnishing covers with a woodblock to create an embossed, patterned book cover.

All basic materials will be provided, but students will have the option of purchasing additional decorative paper for future projects.

No previous binding experience required. 

Materials to Bring: Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: utility knife, scissors, awl, ruler/straight edge, bone folder.

Workshop Fee (includes $15 materials fee): $75.00

Date & Time: Friday, August 28, 2020 :: 6:30-9:30pm

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 | Steph Rue


Steph Rue is an artist working primarily with handmade paper and books as her medium. She is a 2015-2016 recipient of a Fulbright Arts Research Grant to South Korea, where she studied traditional Korean bookbinding, papermaking, and printing. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Her artist books and paper works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. You can see Steph’s work on her website (

Past Student Reviews:

“Great instruction, examples, and one-and-one assistance.”

“I already several workshops with her and find her to be excellent teacher, always attentive to our individual questions with wonderful knowledge. Excellent handouts. And also step by step instructions. And she has wonderful sense of humor and presence.”

“Steph balances traditional techniques with her own perspective derived from her practice, and clearly communicates the difference between the two. She is an exceptional ambassador of Korean book/paper expertise. She's a great teacher!”

$ 75.00
Register Now
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States