Leather Surface Decoration in-person workshop

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July 2nd, 2022 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Coleen Curry
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: July 2nd, 2022 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: July 2nd, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person


This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class unless otherwise announced by SFCB. If you choose to complete the registration process you are agreeing to these terms.


Coleen will share some of her techniques that will enable students to turn leather and suede into beautiful pieces to be used for covering, mosaics and flyleaves. 

We will experiment with paper and paint on suede leather splits. We will explore a range of surface manipulations and textures using different adhesives, foil, paper and materials. Additionally we will experiment with collage using splits and paper as well as metals and thread. Coleen will demonstrate a variety of techniques and students will have the day to try some techniques with a focus on experimentation. 

This will be a fun and creative class and participants will head home with an arsenal of unique materials to use for their own projects.

Students should have some experience working with leather, however we will not be paring leather in class, just experimenting with techniques.

This workshop is co-hosted with the California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. GBW California Chapter members, please email workshops@sfcb.org before registration to receive a member discount.

Materials to Bring: 

  • Leather:
    Bring vegetable tanned leather such as goat or calf that doesn't have a waterproof coating or waxed surface. If you have some 'chrome' tanned leather' please bring that and we can experiment with it to see what results might be obtained. Preferably the leather should be pared to the final thickness for the purpose you plan to use it. For example, covering leather is often 0.6mm and onlays are usually 0.4mm. You may also bring some leather splits (suede) to play with as well. Best to have a variety of samples at least 5” x 5”. Note that certain leathers are not suitable such as Hewit Pentland and Chieftain. Coleen will bring some smaller pieces for play and also some to be purchased but please don't rely on her supply alone.

Recommended leathers:
Franz Hoffman Split Goatskin
Pergamena Hudson Goat

  • Textures for pressing such as sandpaper, fabric, feathers, wallpaper, screens, rusty things
  • 2 - 3” foam paint/glue roller and tray
  • Sandpaper snail or similar
  • Optional: scalpel or olfa knife

Workshop and Materials fee: $240

Date & Time: Saturday, July 2, 2022 :: 10am-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 | Coleen Curry

Coleen Curry is a contemporary design binder crafting technically evocative bindings that provide a visual, sensual, and tactile experience. Coleen teaches at the American Academy of Bookbinding. Her award-winning work is exhibited internationally, has won several awards, and is held in private and public collections. Coleen lives in California.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States