Paper Repair Primer online workshop

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$ 100.00

July 6th, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: July 6th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: July 13th, 2021 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: Online

This is a two session online workshop: July 6 & 13, 2021.

Compared with some media, paper is pretty much indestructible. It doesn’t crash, shut down, or lose power. It doesn’t need software updates, firmware updates, or even a simple reboot.

However, there are some unique qualities of paper that make it susceptible to succumbing to the fate of all things. With some simple skills and materials, we can prevent the paper-based media we love from destruction or decay. If you have books, maps, documents, zines, ephemera, or other paper-based materials you love that are in danger, then this class might be for you.

This is a brief skill-building class for anyone interested in book repair and conservation. We will go over the basic techniques and materials needed for paper mending, tear repair, simple infills, and hinging. We’ll also make a lightweight, archival case for our items. No prerequisites are required.

The workshop fee includes a mailed kit with a map in need of repair, a piece of Kozo Hanji paper, and a piece of mylar. Because of difficulties with international shipping, this class is limited to US students only.

Materials to Bring: 

  • pH neutral card stock approx. 20” x 24” size - Stonehenge is a good option, or lightweight watercolor paper, artists’ paper or other that is in the 200 gsm range. You will only need one sheet, so buying from your local art supply store is recommended.
  • Water brush
  • Wheat paste (1 lb. will be more than enough)
  • something to strain your paste 
    option 1: fine mesh strainer that has not been used for food 
    option 2: silk screen fabric mounted to an embroidery hoop from your local fabric store 
  • Soft artist’s brush (approx 3/4” wide)
  • Tweezers
  • Hair dryer with cool setting

Optional/helpful to have: 

  • Teflon or other very smooth, soft bone folder
  • Small items to use as paper weights (approx. 1 lb. each)

Workshop Fee, includes partial kit: $100
Tuition assistance is available; please apply here.

Date & Time: Two Tuesdays, July 6 & 13, 2021 :: 4-6pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

SFCB online workshops are recorded; all registered students will have access to the videos for a limited time.

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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

Past Student Reviews:

“Juliayn explains process well, and anticipates where problems might come up. Its nice that she's happy to repeat things.”

“Juliayn is a wonderful teacher!”

“I loved how clear her instruction was, the camera views were wonderful, and I learned lots.” 

$ 100.00
Online via Zoom
United States