Visiting Instructors

San Francisco Center for the Book Presents: A Hand Bookbinders of California Master Class :: 
Inlay and Onlay Techniques with Karen Hanmer :: Saturday & Sunday, February 9 & 10, 2019 ::

In this 2-day workshop, learn a variety of inlay and onlay techniques for use on leather bindings. Techniques demonstrated will include: backpared, feathered, flat and sculptural onlays; inlaid and incised lines; raised, flush and recessed inlays.

New Methods in 4-Color Letterpress with Rebecca Chamlee :: Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this technical workshop, we’ll explore the possibilities of letterpress as a means for producing successful four-color continuous tone imagery.

About the Instructors

Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only ten graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, Hanmer also holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. An acknowledged leader in the book arts community, she served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, the peer-reviewed online book arts journal, and is a reviewer for the Guild of Book Workers Journal. Hanmer curated Marking Time, a triennial exhibition sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills. See more of her work on her website at:

Rebecca Chamlee

Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer and bookbinder who has published letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Rebecca’s artist’s books examine the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world around her. She is motivated to record, interpret and celebrate nature. 

Her work is in prominent special and private collections such as Yale University, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and has been exhibited internationally. 

Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing and artists’ book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.