Dominic Riley & Michael Burke Master Classes

Dominic Riley & Michael Burke Master Classes

The San Francisco Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2014 Summer Workshop Series with bookbinders Dominic Riley and Michael Burke. Dominic and Michael will offer a series of workshops which cover a range of bookbinding themes as part of their annual summer teaching residency in the SFCB bindery.

Dominic and Michael provide workshops of interest to anyone interested in the art of the hand-made book. These bookbinding workshops are specifically designed in collaboration with the San Francisco Center for the Book's own bookbinding instructors, so that if you have completed the regular foundational classes throughout the year you will be ready to try some more advanced structures and techniques. Here is complete information about all of the workshops- just click the title to register! We look forward to seeing you in the bindery this summer!

The Ideal Sketchbook with Dominic Riley
July 12, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Presentation Album with Dominic Riley
July 13, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Medieval Treasure Boxes with Michael Burke
July 14 – 18, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Hand Tooling with Dominic Riley
July 19 and 20, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Armenian Binding with Michael Burke
July 20 – 25, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Edge Decoration with Dominic Riley
July 26 and 27, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

The Ideal Sketchbook with Michael Burke

August 2, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Presentation Album with Michael Burke

August 3, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Design Binding Techniques with Dominic Riley
August 4 – 8, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Library Style Binding with Michael Burke
August 9 and 10, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm

Restoration of Family Bibles with Dominic Riley
August 11 – 15, 2014/ 9:30am – 5:30pm


Dominic Riley's Biography

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned book restorer, fine binder, teacher and film maker. He undertakes work for institutions, book dealers and collectors, and his work is in many important collections worldwide. Now celebrating twenty-five years as a bookbinder, he learnt his craft at the London College of Printing and has worked at binderies in London, New York and San Francisco. He co-founded the bookbinding program at SFCB in 1996, an returns each year to teach. He has won many prizes for his Design Bindings, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in the DB competition in 2007. He travels widely across the UK and USA teaching bookbinding master classes and lecturing. He is Vice-Chairman of the Society of Bookbinders and was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. He has written and presented two full-length films, one about the life and work of well-loved teacher Maureen Duke, and the other a celebration of England’s best known bookbinder, Bernard Middleton. He has his bindery in the Lake District in England, with fellow bookbinder Michael Burke.

    •    Studied with Paul Delrue, 1985-7, and London College of Printing, 1988-90.
    •    1990-2001 lived in California. Past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California. With John DeMerritt had TV show, The Book Boys.
    •    Self employed since 1994. Joined by Michael Burke 1996. Taught at University of California and across USA for the Guild of Bookworkers. Co-founded binding programme at the San Francisco Center for the Book, 1996. Returns each summer to teach and lecture.
    •    Moved to the Lake District in 2001. Teaches at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, at Burton Manor, and at home.
    •    Ten prizes in DB Bookbinding Competition 2001-7, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in 2007.
    •    Licentiate of DB in 2003, Fellow in 2008.
    •    Vice Chairman of Society of Bookbinders, co-founder of SoB Seminar and DB/SoB workshop series.
    •    Demonstrated at SoB conferences in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Gives workshops across the UK for SoB.
    •    Presenter of Seventy Years in Bookbinding: a Portrait of Bernard Middleton, (2008).
    •    Has published articles Gold Leaf (Hand Bookbinders of California); Ampersand (Pacific Center for the Book Arts); Biblio magazine; Illustrator magazine; Bookbinder (SoB) and The New Bookbinder (DB).
    •    Accredited lecturer with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).
    •    Bindings in collections in the USA and UK, including the British Library and the Rylands Library in Manchester.
    •    "I enjoy all aspects of bookbinding, from restoration to teaching and Design Binding. Restoration is hugely challenging, and is surgical in its approach. Teaching is about giving back, but it also keeps the craft alive. If you have a passion, you must pass it on. Design Binding is the way we get to be artists, but is also the most mentally taxing. I have created forty or so Design Bindings since 2001, and now make about eight a year."

Michael Burke's Biography
Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. Michael lives in the Lake District, England, where he teaches bookbinding as well at events across the UK. He is a past chair of the North West and North Wales region of SoB. He has taught for diverse book arts groups in the USA, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City. In recent years he has taught at the Paper and Book Intensive, travelled to São Paulo to teach for the Brazilian group ABER, and in 2011 presented Byzantine binding at the Seminar of the Guild of Bookworkers. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings. He has recently been awarded his Masters degree in the History of the Book at the University of London.


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