Introduction to Bookbinding

August 21st, 2023 6:00 PM

  • Instructor: Bettina Pauly
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $80
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every beginning book artist should know! Students will learn five staple structures of the bookbinding world: pamphlet stitch, two versions of one-sheet wonders, accordion folding, and a Japanese stab binding. If you’ve been curious about book arts basics, this is a great starter class; in three hours, you’ll gain the know-how to start making books of your own. 

Students also learn about local resources, bookbinding tools, and SFCB’s Bookbinding Core Program, as well as protocol for studio rental. 

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided.

Date & Time: Monday, August 21, 2023 :: 6-9pm

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

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Bettina Pauly (she/her)

Bettina lives in San Francisco and works as both a book artist and a letterpress printer with Kim Vanderheiden at Painted Tongue Studios, Oakland, California. She loves books and boxes both as physical objects and as containers of meaning. She is interested in a variety of folded, sewn and woven structures in which she can incorporate her printing.

Past Student Reviews:

“Bettina's enthusiasm for the magic of bookbinding was contagious. Wonderful instructor.”

“So much learning packed efficiently in a 3 hour window delivered so passionately and clearly by Bettina. She truly cared that we all understood every bit of the information and took time to give us 1-1 attention. It was very fulfilling to complete several short projects and have something tactile to take by home and continue the learning process. I will probably use some of these techniques immediately."

“The projects were perfect for the intro class. I was able to practice and make additional projects at home.”

“I felt really engaged and inspired! Not only was Bettina a great instructor (approachable, interesting, talented), but I loved making books with all of my classmates. The skills we learned were basic folding and binding techniques, but it was definitely the start I needed. I look forward to other SFCB classes.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States