Single Sheet Letterpress Books

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June 22nd, 2024 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Lisa Rappoport
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $190

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Masks are no longer required for most workshops, though anyone is welcome to wear one if they wish.

There are many variations on the single-page folded book. The "maze book" structure taught in this workshop is intriguing because it appears to be a standard codex, but when unfolded, it is revealed to be a single page with a center cut.

The content can be images, text, or a mixture of the two. Learn how to use a book dummy to arrive at the correct imposition of type and/or images. Work collaboratively to design a book while you practice typesetting and printing on the Vandercook proof press.

The day will finish with folding the books and an exchange with fellow students. Everyone takes home a small edition of their book.

>> Prerequisite: Some letterpress experience, such as Introduction to Letterpress or Cylinder Core 1 <<

Materials to Bring: Optional: text of up to 20 words to print inside your book.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 22, 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 | Lisa Rappoport (she/her)

Lisa Rappoport publishes poetry broadsides and artists' books under the imprint Littoral Press. Since 1998 she has produced a series of broadsides by the poets who teach at the Community of Writers; she has also printed poetry broadsides for Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books, the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, the Northern California Book Awards, and many others (last but not least, the Poets Pulling Prints series of the SFCB). Her poetry has appeared in Nostos, Five Fingers Review, Literal Latte, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 1998 Icarus Poetry Competition and the recipient of a poetry residency at Centrum. Her poetry collection Penumbra was published by Longship Press in 2019. Her book The Short Goodbye received the Alastair Johnston Fine Press Award and was a runner-up in the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Lisa has taught at the New College in San Francisco, at a middle school in Lafayette, and in her own studio. Her work has been displayed nationally and is in collections throughout the U.S. You can visit her website at

Past Student Reviews:

"Lisa is amazingly skilled and talented, but is also quite clear and simple in introducing concepts, techniques and the mechanics or printing- it is really exciting to work with her."

“Lisa was great at giving us both practical knowledge of the Vandercook press and allowing us to have flexibility and time to figure things out. I appreciated her instruction and the structure of the class.” 

“Lisa was so awesome. She explained processes with clarity and elegance, which can be hard to with the Vandercook (because the skill set is so technical). I would love to study more with Lisa.” 

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