Binding

SFCB's bookbinding courses range from the enduring structures of both Western and Eastern traditions to contemporary approaches, with a wealth of bookmaking techniques in between, including pamphlets, pop-ups, exposed sewing stitches, protective boxes, photo albums and more.

Workshops: Binding
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 4:00 PM
End: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:00 PM
Sol Rebora

Internationally-renowned bookbinder Sol Rebora teaches her technique for this reversible, conservation-style approach to sewing.

Closed
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Hey you, finicky readers out there! Tired of having to wrestle with your beloved books as you read them? This class is for you. In this workshop, we will take a paperback book and transform it into something more durable and easier to flex and open.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 9:00 PM
Hope Amico

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.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 5, 2022, 5:30 PM
Brian Lieske

Working from pre-cut materials students will learn three simple enclosures: Folded Paper Portfolio, Phased Box, & Slipcase.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 4:00 PM
End: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 6:00 PM
Karen Hanmer

Learn to make a paper case suitable for everything from a utilitarian notebook to an elegant conservation-style binding.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nikki Thompson

This book structure is a dynamic concertina that will wow the viewer. Combining the concertina with ribbons and pamphlets allows for an expanding and collapsing book unlike no other.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound. In this class students will bind a book employing thick paper as a folded and laced wrapper.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, June 26, 2022, 5:00 PM
Elaine Chu

Learn how to construct a unique hardcover journal with lay-flat pages - perfect for note-taking or sketching.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 4:00 PM
End: Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 6:00 PM
Karen Hanmer

Learn a panoramic twist on the Sewn Boards Binding.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 4:00 PM
Nikki Thompson

Captivate readers with this dynamic structure. A seemingly simple codex – which is actually two accordions attached together – opens delightfully to reveal three hidden rooms when the center page is pulled open.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 11, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 15, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking. It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 16, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

This is Michael and Dominic’s most popular class, excellent for beginning bookbinders.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course is intended to introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 4:00 PM
End: Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 7:00 PM
Rosae Reeder

Learn what a sewing card is and how to use it to your advantage!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 23, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 24, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

A great class for beginners, this album can 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.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

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

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound. In this class students will bind a book employing thick paper as a folded and laced wrapper.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 7, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 8, 2022, 6:00 PM
End: Monday, August 8, 2022, 9:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 14, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn how to make a facsimile of the earliest known codex binding, famous for containing the controversial Gnostic Gospels.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 15, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 19, 2022, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Learn to make a facsimile of the earliest known decorated European binding.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 28, 2022, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

Open