Visiting Instructors

A Collage Approach with Molly Meng :: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 :: 6:30-9:30pm FULL

With plenty of creative materials and a notebook with lots of blank pages, students will explore and practice the concepts of layering, paper tearing, using different adhering tools, color-ways and composition.

The Elevated Art of Paper Weaving with Molly Meng :: Thursday, May 16, 2019 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Using various paper: maps, book pages and vintage ledgers, students will explore the beauty of paper weaving. Participants will leave with a small book of samples or individual pieces of artwork to frame.

The Ideal Sketchbook with Dominic Riley :: Saturday, July 6, 2019 :: 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 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.

More summer workshops with Dominic Riley and Michael Burke coming March 2019!

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.

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.

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.