Book Repair Core :: Paper & Paste

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July 20th, 2024 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Clair Emma Smith
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $230
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Masks are no longer required for most workshops, though anyone is welcome to wear one if they wish.

While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course will introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair. This will include how to mend various tears, losses, and splits with different types of Japanese paper as well as an introduction to localized humidification and flattening. Key items discussed in this class will be a brief history of book conservation, the difference between conservation and restoration, and how to choose the proper adhesive and Japanese paper in different scenarios.

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.

Topics addressed/activities will include:

  • The history of book conservation
  • Conservation ethics
  • How to distinguish different types of adhesives used in conservation; students will discuss and touch various papers used in conservation
  • Various types of paper mending and strengthening with kozo tissue and paste
  • Humidification and flattening
  • How to make a custom-fitted conservation enclosure

 >> Prerequiste: None, though some bookbinding experience or experience in the safe handling of fragile items is recommended. <<

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

Date & Time: Saturday, July 20, 2024 :: 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. Registration will close approximately three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. We recommend you not wait to register, as workshops that don't meet our minimum enrollment will be canceled, sometimes as much as a week in advance.

About the Instructor | Clair Emma Smith (she/her)

Clair Emma Smith is a bookbinder specializing in repair located in Oakland, California. She found her love of bookbinding during an art conservation internship at a historical society in Indiana, and she has been setting up her dream home studio ever since. Clair Emma relocated to the Bay Area after graduating from North Bennet Street School's bookbinding program in 2019 and works in private practice for both herself and other conservators as Bouguereau Bindery

Past Student Reviews:

"Clair Emma explains things very clearly and takes us step by step, it felt easy to follow and have a sense of accomplishment."

"Clair Emma was a fantastic instructor; she was very calm in the face of what I thought were disasters and a great problem solver. She is very patient, gives clear demos, and is just a lovely person to chat with!"

"Clair Emma is an excellent teacher! She was unflappable when it came to demonstrating skills… and ever so patient with each student as we mastered skills."

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375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States