Visiting Instructors


Connecting Collage with Molly Meng :: Thursday, March 12, 2020 :: 6-10pm

C'mon over and learn how to use little layers to create tiny treasures in collage.

Block Printing with Molly Meng :: Saturday, March 14, 2020 :: 1-6pm

Block Printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking and has been around for thousands of years. Join teacher Molly Meng and learn to design and carve your very own "block" for printing on fabric and paper.

Korean Paper Magic :: Bark, Thread, Weave & Color with Aimee Lee :: Monday-Friday, April 20-24, 2020 :: 10am-4pm FULL

Our planet's abundance of plants has provided food, shelter, and clothing for humans across cultures, from past to present. This course will focus on how specific natural materials were used in Korea to make lace from bark, rope from paper, color from fruit, and 2D/3D objects from hanji: Korean paper.

Instant Zine! with Hope Amico :: Monday, April 20, 2020 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Starting with a simple folded form, we will explore the possibilities of making small books that are easy to photocopy and share. With this framework we will delve into the ideas of introspection and nostalgia and create a small library of work inspired by the current exhibition at SFCB.

Re-Imagining the Book :: Artists' Books Intensive with Radha Pandey :: Monday-Friday, May 11-15, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this intensive introductory class, students will learn six book structures, building narratives using text and image, and will the basics of printing. They will create a small edition of artist books for trade with others in the class.

The Portable Quran :: Ninth Century Islamic Binding with Johan Solberg :: Saturday-Monday, May 16-18, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In the 9th century, a very unique binding structure developed in the Middle East. In this intensive three-day workshop, students will be introduced to the history of early Islamicate bookbinding by making their own leather bound 9th century model, based on historical fragments.

Design Binding Intensive with Dominic Riley :: Mondays through Fridays, July 13 through August 7, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this comprehensive, four-week master class, students will get to experience all the steps involved in making a fine designed binding with one of SFCB’s most experienced teachers, Dominic Riley.

The Ideal Sketchbook with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The Ideal Sketchbook is modeled on the those used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered the Lake District to draw and write. Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, it was the 'daybook' of choice for all the great Romantic poets and artists.

Presentation Album with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

A great class for beginners, this album can also be made on the kitchen table with a few tools. This is a great book structure for artists and photographers who want to display their work in a beautiful, hand-made book.

Library Style Binding with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 1 &2, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Learn how to restore your dictionaries, encyclopedias and cook books with this extremely robust binding. A perfect class for bookbinders of all levels.

Nag Hammadi Codex with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Step back in time and enjoy making your own model of the earliest known codex binding, famous for containing the controversial Gnostic Gospels.

Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities with Shawn Sheehy :: Friday-Sunday, August 14-16, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. Imagine binding drawer-like boxes into a sort of book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes will be something mechanical made from paper. In this workshop you will learn to build just such a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities.

St. Cuthbert's Gospel of St. John :: The Oldest European Binding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, August 17-21, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

St. Cuthbert’s Gospel is a small binding, very beautiful and exquisitely made, and is of tremendous importance to bookbinders not only as an example of early English binding, with its intriguing construction, but also for its decoration, which draws on both Islamic, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon influences.

Shadow & Light :: The LED Pop-Up Artists' Book with Susan Lowdermilk :: Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2020 :: 9:30am-3pm

In this workshop, students will learn basic pop-up techniques and simple electronic circuitry and combine them into an accordion book illuminated with LED lights that are specifically designed for paper arts!

Daredevil Devices :: Revolving Text & Image with Jessica Spring :: Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

With the aid of circular and angle quads, tools from art supply and hardware stores, and daredevil furniture (laser-cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves, and angles) we’ll explore two engaging historic structures that amuse and inform.


About the Instructors

Hope Amico

Hope Amico is the chief correspondent at gutwrench press and the creator of the Keep Writing postcard project.  She has a BFA from Louisiana State University, focusing on printmaking and book arts. She has worked with letterpress printers in Louisiana and the Bay Area, and in 2106 she returned to New Orleans where she now resides.

Michael Burke

Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has taught and lectured at Society of Bookbinders conferences and seminars, and at Guild of Bookworkers meetings in the USA, as well as teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book and across the USA. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.

Aimee Lee

Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in North America (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Columbia College Chicago). Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first US hanji studio in Cleveland. Her artwork resides in collections that include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Stanford University, UCLA, and Yale University. She has shown at the Fuller Craft Museum, Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Korean Cultural Service (NYC) and Korean Cultural Center (D.C.). Her work has appeared in The Korea Times, The New York Times, The Plain Dealer, KBS World Radio, PBS, VOA, and CNN's Great Big Story. She teaches and lectures wides; past engagements include the American Museum of Natural History, Asian Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Oberlin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mills College, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Funders include the US Fulbright Program, Korea Fulbright Foundation, John Anson Kittredge Fund, American Folklore Society, and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Susan Lowdermilk

Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker. She creates hand bound artist’s books involving movable parts, pop-ups. She works in traditional print processes and uses digital media where necessary. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Additionally she teaches workshops in artist’s books, paper engineering and printmaking. She has had a thirty-year career creating artist’s books. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions worldwide and is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Molly Meng

Molly C. Meng studied literature with a personal minor in collecting other people’s lives. 

An obsession with old notebooks, vintage photos, and every single discarded book that exists, her work reimagines untold stories behind the otherwise forgotten items of everyday.  A self-taught artist, the medium of collage in both paper and textiles is Molly’s dominant form of communicating.  She successfully weaves the elements of ephemera and storytelling into each piece she creates.  The spectacular beauty of the ordinary is elevated with detail in her work. Molly’s work has shown nationally in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and she has produced large scale commissions for Prometheus Apartments in Northern California.  She teaches creative workshops around the U.S. as well as on annual trips to the South of France.  Molly C. Meng is currently living and working in Los Angeles.

Radha Pandey

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, Bookbinding, and Papermaking with a focus on Indo-Islamic Papermaking techniques.

Her artist’s books are held in over numerous public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Radha is working on an artist book inspired by Mughal miniature paintings of botanicals from the 17th century.

Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley Is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He has his bindery in England, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He spends part of the year teaching in San Francisco and across the USA. His work is mostly restoration and Design Binding, for which he has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition. He was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition. Dominic is President of the Society of Bookbinders.

He has taught masterclasses in the USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, at the Centro del Bel Libro in Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Canada.

Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy's trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Jessica Spring


Jessica Spring began her interest in typesetting and printing as a phototypesetter in the 1980s. Her introduction to letterpress printing paralleled the birth of desktop publishing: an exciting time to explore graphic arts. She has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera where typography plays a central role—is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary since they began in 2008. Their award-winning book, Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color is available from Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches letterpress printing and book arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Johan Solberg

Johan Solberg is a bookbinder whose work explores the intersection of artistic research and craft, combining both historical and contemporary techniques and materials. Solberg’s current work consists of historical research on early bookbinding and papermaking in Asia. After earning his MFA in book arts at the University of Iowa Center for the book (2018), along with his partner he is currently developing a small center for letterpress printing, bookbinding and papermaking in Norway.