Visiting Instructors

The Ideal Sketchbook with Dominic Riley :: Saturday, July 6, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm FULL

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 Dominic Riley :: Sunday, July 7, 2019 :: 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.

Islamic Box Binding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This workshop will introduce students to an intriguing historical structure referred to as the Box Binding. This early  bookbinding structure, flourished from the 8th-12th centuries throughout the Islamic world.

Fire-Proof Leather Box with Dominic Riley :: Fridays, July 12, 19 & 26, 2019 ::  9:30am-5:30pm

A legendary structure, the fire-proof box is the ultimate in Victorian bookbinding craftsmanship. This box structure is strong, functional and elegant. A rare treat, this box is not often made except for special books.

Movable Book Repair with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This class will introduce a range of techniques that can be used in repairing the many kinds of moveable books, including books with slots and tabs, pivots and joints, carousel books and more.

Paper Lining Techniques with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This class will introduce you to the many techniques that were traditionally used to line materials for bookbinding.

Animated Pop-Ups with Shawn Sheehy :: Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Combine pop-up and movable book structures to bring dimension and animation to your books. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the fundamentals of paper engineering and learn about the tools and materials of the craft.

Pastepapers Old & New with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Explore the joys of making your own historical decorated papers, then experiment with contemporary designs and inventive techniques.

Restoration of Family Bibles with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Explore the complexities of this challenging area of book restoration.

Paper Repair Intensive with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Paper repair is an essential skill of the book restorer, as many bindings have text pages or plates in need of treatment. In this workshop, Michael will demonstrate effective techniques for treating damaged pages, focusing on cleaning, flattening, restoring loss and mending tears.

Seventeenth Century English Leather Binding with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Seventeenth century England was the age of revolution, and the age of the pamphlet. Whether incendiary, radical or politically contentious, treaties published in this format were published in their millions. This new workshop from Dominic will teach you how to make an authentic binding from the period. Working on a facsimile of a historical text, we will reproduce a handsome ‘pastiche’ binding sympathetic with the time.

Ethiopian Codex & Traveling Case with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The traditional method of binding books in Ethiopia survived relatively unchanged for over a thousand years. Learn this binding style and leave with a versatile book that lies flat when opened.

Embroidery on Leather with Erin Fletcher :: Tuesday-Friday, September 3-6, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather, ways to transfer a design, and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of adding texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature blank book.

Finishing :: Titling by Hand with Samuel Feinstein :: Monday-Friday, November 11-15, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this week-long workshop, students will learn the most important aspect of finishing in bookbinding: titling books by hand.

About the Instructors

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.

Samuel Feinstein

Samuel Feinstein trained formally at the North Bennet Street School program under Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley.  Since graduating in 2012 he has been in private practice specializing in fine bindings, luxury clamshell boxes, new bindings in period style, and gold finishing for other binders.  His work can be seen on his website:

Erin Fletcher

In 2012, Erin opened Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, shortly after graduating from the full-time Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. Erin teaches workshops for adults at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for kids in the Middle School Book Arts Program. She also teaches workshops across the country.  

Her interest in bookbinding began during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where this initial exposure created a desire to culture a deeper understanding of the craft. Erin’s design binding work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Her work is among both private and institutional collections.

Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley Is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He has his bindery in the Lake District, 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.

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.