Leather Core :: Millimeter Binding in-person workshop

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March 4th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: March 4th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: March 11th, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • 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.

During the early part of the 1900s, leather was in short supply in northern Europe. Always a more desirable book covering material than cloth or paper, especially in areas of hard wear such as the spine and corners, leather was becoming rare due to the first world war's restrictions on the use of it in non-military applications. Binderies had to find ways to provide durable, attractive books while using less leather. Millimeter bindings were born out of the need to conserve rare materials, yet still get the benefit of using a little bit of them. Allowing only a single millimeter of leather to show on the boards at the spine and corners, these bindings also made the most of what northern Europeans inherently had in abundance: leather paring skills.

Since the early 1900s, many hand binders around the world have developed and refined this style of binding as an artistic expression. In this class, we will begin to explore the creative options available when making use of this modern style of hardcover binding with leather. We will use our own paste papers (if available--the instructor will provide some if you don't have yours from Core 1) to decorate the larger portion of the covers. 

PLEASE TAKE HEED! This is part of a sequential series of classes which follows Orientation to Leather. If you have not taken Orientation to Leather, you must do so before you can register, participate in, and enjoy this class. You must also take Orientation to Leather in order to receive the leatherworking tool you will need for this workshop. 

Materials to Bring: Leather knife received in Orientation to Leather; microspatula; paste papers made in Bookbinding Core 1, if available.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: metal ruler, utility knife, bone folder, dividers, scissors, awl or pin vise, glue brush, pencil and paper for taking notes.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding Core 1-4 & Orientation to Leather

Workshop Fee (includes $50 materials fee): $400.00
Scholarships available; click here to apply

Date & Time: Fridays, March 4 & 11, 2022 :: 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 | 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  www.bookislandbindery.com.

Past Student Reviews:

“This is a wonderful structure that I will use again and again. The class was well paced so we could give attention to all of the elegant details.”

“This is one of the best classes I have taken!”

“Juliayn is an excellent instructor; her classes are well planned and superbly executed.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States