Book Repair Core :: Paper & Paste in-person workshop

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$ 195.00

November 20th, 2021 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: November 20th, 2021 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: November 20th, 2021 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor are required to be vaccinated (honor system) and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class. If you choose to complete the registration process you are agreeing to these terms.


While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course is intended to introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair. What is the difference between conservation and restoration? What is pH and how is it tested in paper? What are the different adhesives used in book repair and what is the selection process?

Through both discussion and hands-on practice, students will get the answers to these questions and more in order to start to appreciate the challenges and rewards of book repair. There are no prerequisites for this class, though some bookbinding experience or experience in the safe handling of fragile items is recommended.

Competencies Gained:

Students will be introduced to ‘Conservation Ethics’
Students will be able to distinguish different types of adhesives used in conservation Students will discuss and touch various papers used in conservation
Students will have carried out dry cleaning and aqueous immersion of a single leaf
Students will pH test paper and balance its acidity through aqueous immersion
Students will have carried out dry cleaning
Students will carry out various types of paper mending and strengthening with kozo tissue and paste
Students will humudify and flatten an item
Students will be able to make a custom-fitted conservation enclosure

Materials to Bring: None.

Prerequisite: None.

Workshop Fee (includes $30 materials fee): $195.00
Scholarships available; click here to apply

Date & Time:  Saturday, November 20, 2021 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

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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:

“Excellent advice and demonstration/discussion of repair options.”

[What did you find most valuable about the workshop?] “Getting the benefit of Juliayn’s experience to better understand paste choices and some basics of paper repair. She always spurs me to learn and do more!”

[What did you find most valuable about the workshop?] “Exposure to new tools, materials, & techniques. Juliayn explains procedures well and is highly skilled.”


$ 195.00
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States