Instructors

Instructors

  • Rhiannon Alpers

    Rhiannon Alpers, has an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UCSB. She has taught college courses at Academy of Art University, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Columbia College Chicago, Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught workshops Contemporary Jewish Musuem, Kala Printmaking Institute, Filoli Gardens Estate, Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Paper Source stores in Chicago and San Francisco, and at her own studio in the Mission District. She is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. For more information visit rhiannonalpers.com

  • Michael Burke

    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 is currently studying for a Masters degree in the History of the Book at the University of London.

  • Rocket Caleshu

    Rocket Caleshu (Brown University, AB Africana Studies) is a letterpress printer and textile artist. He has studied letterpress printing at Penland School of Craft. In the words of one student, "what Rocket Caleshu lacks in paperwork (er, MFA) he makes up for with natural skill as a master of the fine art of printing."

  • Courtney Cerruti

    Educated in California and France, Courtney now designs and teaches various art workshops around the Bay Area. Working in many mediums, but primarily paper, Courtney creates whimsical and magical objects, always with an eye to the narrative aspects of each unique piece. You can see Courtney's work on her website.

  • Macy Chadwick

    Macy Chadwick, MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has taught at the Academy of Art University, Colorado College, Oregon College of Art and Craft, the New York Center for Book Arts, and in her own studio. She worked as studio assistant to Julie Chen at Flying Fish Press in Berkeley for three years. Publishing as In Cahoots Press, Macy produces limited edition books & prints, and explores mixed media sculptures involving text. Her artist's books have been displayed nationally and are in collections in the U.S. and abroad. You can see Macy's work on her website.

  • Will Cloughley

    Will Cloughley is a San Francisco based fine artist, philosophical essayist, poet and lightshow producer, whose work encompasses drawing, mixed media, animation,photography and versions of the graphic novel. For the past several years Cloughley has concentrated exclusively on fine art works on paper and the hand-crafted artist's book, bringing to maturity his visual language and vision in a tactile medium. A sketchbook journal is always by his side or with him in his backpack; he can often be spotted writing and drawing in the black books at his favorite San Francisco coffee houses, or out at solitary industrial landscapes being reclaimed by nature.

  • Sas Colby

    Sas Colby has more than 30 years experience as a mixed-media artist and teacher. Her survey exhibition, Twenty Years of Book Thinking, traveled to three universities in 1995. Sas and her work are featured in the November/December 2004 issue of Somerset Studio magazine, in an article entitled Juxtaposed Objects Reverberate. You can see Sas' work on her web site.

  • Juliayn Coleman

    Juliayn Coleman has been a professional bookbinder since her graduation from the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 2003. Her private practice encompasses all levels of book repair and conservation, custom portfolio and enclosure making, teaching, and being a good ambassador for the craft of bookbinding in general. Some of her creative and professional projects can be seen at  www.bookislandbindery.com.

  • Judy Detrick

    Judy Detrick taught calligraphy and graphic design at College of the Redwoods on the Mendocino coast for more than 30 years, and developed the Graphic Arts Certificate Program there. Active in the Bay Area calligraphy community, she teaches regularly at several Bay Area venues and throughout Northern California. She served as editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy 2007–2010. Her work is well represented  in the Harrison Calligraphy Collection in Special Collections at the San Francisco Public Library.

  • Lara Durback

    Lara Durback writes and prints. She is the Book Art studio manager at Mills College, and is a contributing editor to www.deepoakland.org.

  • Adam Ewing

    Adam Hickman Ewing has been working in the field of professional graphic design and letterpress printing since 2001. He served as a graphic designer, printer and art director at Yee-Haw Industrial Letterpress and Design Company in Knoxville, Tennessee before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011. Work can be seen here: http://www.elderpine.com.

  • Mark Faigenbaum

    Mark Faigenbaum has degrees in Graphic Design and Psychology. He has been making fine art for the last 15 years. He does printmaking, assemblage and collage, and works with an emphasis on using vintage paper, books, and magazines. He has shown nationally and internationally and was twice artist in residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He completed a residency at Recology, more fondly known as the San Francisco City Dump, and his experience there made it clear to him that reuse of materials is not only inspiring it's essential.

  • Jaye Lee Fishel

    Jaye Fishel has been involved at SFCB since 2006. Jaye holds a Master of Library & Information Science degree as well as a Bachelor’s degree in English and Art History. With this kind of training, one can imagine that Jaye loves handmade books and is indeed a maker of books and printed matter. She’s studied book related crafts at Penland School of Crafts and at the American Academy of Bookbinding, and worked as a letterpress printer at Dutch Door Press. Jaye is especially interested in the book as a democratic medium for artistic expression. She even has a book tattoo. http://jayefishel-letterpress.tumblr.com/

  • Paula Gloistein

    Paula Gloistein has an MA in Humanities from Dominican College which really has very little to do with her work as a photographer, designer, and letterpress printer. After more than ten years in the wedding biz, she recently opened a small shop, big day design lounge, that showcases handmade wedding accessories, custom invitations, and workshops for crafty couples.

  • Julia Goodman

    Julia Goodman earned her BA in International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies at Tufts University in 2001. She began making paper in her backyard in 2003 and completed her Master’s in Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts in May 2009. Since graduating she spent the summer in Inverness, California at the JB Blunk Residency and the fall in New York, completing a studio internship at Dieu Donne papermaking studio. In 2012, Julia looks forward to two artist residencies, one on a small farm near a lava flow in Hawaii and the other at “the dump,” through Recology San Francisco. Her work has exhibited widely throughout California, and in New York, Washington DC, and Gothenberg, Sweden. Currently, Julia is living and working in San Francisco.

  • Alan Hillesheim

    Alan Hillesheim has degrees in English Literature from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Thus, lost in the woods without a compass, he apprenticed at Jim Robertson's Yolla Bolly Press, over his head in the black art. There he happened upon a dysfunctional paper-folding-machine which resembled a Norwegian snow sled wrecked by six drunks. He fixed it. And then began a 23 year adventure both printing and fixing machines from the golden age of letterpress. In addition to running Digger Pine Press into the ground, he also builds wooden boats for oar and sail and, most recently, fanciful wooden toys for a four year old. He is still writing the novel he started 25 years ago, Different Eyes.

  • Jennie Hinchcliff

    Jennie Hinchcliff, BA fashion design Academy of Art, has transitioned into making artist's books using bits of fabric and scraps of ephemera. She publishes her limited editions under the Bubble and Squeek imprint.

  • Billy Hutchinson

    Billy creates his own line of stationery stemming from a passion for calligraphy--his penmanship has been featured in magazines, on wedding invitations, place cards, monograms and brand identities. At present, he’s working on a home-line for an exclusive luxury goods retailer in San Francisco.

  • Mary Laird

    Mary Risala Laird, MFA printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, has been doing letterpress books since 1969 as Quelquefois Press. She partnered in Perishable Press Limited editions from 1969-84. Ms. Laird has taught letterpress at San Francisco State University, Kala Institute in Berkeley, Naropa University, and at the San Francisco Center for the Book as well as workshops in Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Washington state. For fifteen years she worked with the entire 7th grade class as a guest artist, making handmade journals. Her focus in printing is poetry. She binds the editions she prints.  Her work is in many collections across the country, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Library of Congress, UW Madison, the British Library, Yale, University of Washington, and UC Santa Cruz. She has three grown children, lives in Berkeley with her husband John Malork, and is a member of the Sufi community. Currently she serves as a board member at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

  • Grendl Löfkvist

    Grendl Löfkvist is an instructor in the Graphic Communications Department at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches typography and letterpress printing. She is also a press operator at Inkworks Press in Berkeley, a collectively owned, politically progressive offset printing company that serves the peace and social justice communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interests include the study of printing as a subversive "Black Art," the role of women in printing, and the practice of Blackletter calligraphy. Grendl teaches courses in letterpress and linoleum block printing here at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

  • Leigh McLellan

    Leigh McLellan has been printing letterpress since 1974. Her work is widely exhibited and collected by many libraries and individuals. She has taught letterpress printing, bookbinding, decorated papers and typography at Mills College, CCAC and elsewhere. You can see some of Leigh's work on her website.

  • Rik Olson

    Rik Olson, a graduate of CCAC, learned wood-engraving from Barry Moser and John DePol, and is now an acknowledged master of the art. He has exhibited work widely in Europe and the U.S. For the past 20 years he has worked as a freelance illustrator.

  • Bettina Pauly

  • Lisa Rappoport

    Lisa Rappoport publishes poetry broadsides and artists' books under the imprint Littoral Press. Since 1998 she has produced a series of broadsides by the poets who teach at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers; she has also printed poetry broadsides for Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books, Lyric Poetry Review, and many others (last but not least, the Poets Pulling Prints series of the SFCB). Her poetry has appeared in Five Fingers Review, Literal Latte, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 1998 Icarus Poetry Competition and the recipient of a poetry residency at Centrum. Lisa has taught at the New College in San Francisco, at a middle school in Lafayette, and in her own studio. Her work has been displayed nationally and is in collections throughout the U.S.  You can visit her website at http://littoralpress.com

  • Taun Relihan

    Taun Cosentino Relihan is a conceptual artist and poet. She has a Masters Degree in Arts and Consciousness and a Doctorate in Integral Studies with a dissertation on Renewal by Vision. She has been interested in the Alchemical Opus for many years and is fascinated  the ideas of the Alchemists and ways in which they can inform our art and creative process. She is especially interested in what the Alchemists called "Our Looking" which is a way of perceiving the word to enhance transformation.

  • Dominic Riley

    Dominic Riley learned bookbinding at age 16 from Benedictine monks and at the London College of Printing. He spent the last 10 years in San Francisco teaching, lecturing and restoring rare books. He now has a bindery with Michael Burke in England's Lake District and serves as vice chairman of the Society of Bookbinders.

  • Andrew Rottner

    Andrew Rottner received a BFA from Wittenberg University in 2001 and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. He has studied and worked as a bookbinder and book artist in the Bay Area since 2004 and teaches at San Francisco Art Institute as well as SFCB. Andrew's books, paintings and drawings have been exhibited locally and internationally including at Photo L.A and the Codex Book Fair in Berkeley. Andrew's imprint, Super Classy Publishing, produces mass market and fine press books with Bay Area artists and printers. See some of their projects at www.superclassypublishing.com.

  • Judith Serebrin

    Judy Serebrin, MFA University of Utah, has been making illuminated journals, limited editions and unique books since 1989, and received PCBA's 1994 Steven Corey Award. Her work is in international public and private collections.

  • Marsha Shaw

    Marsha Shaw was born in Los Angeles, and currently lives in San Francisco California. She received a B.A. and M.A. in Studio Art from California State University Northridge and an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has lectured and taught courses in bookmaking and printmaking at California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Richmond Art Center, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and the Museum of Children Art.  She is currently the studio manager at Mission Grafica. 

  • Thea Sizemore

    Thea Sizemore has been a practicing artist for over 15 years focusing primarily on printmaking, bookarts, and illustration. As an east coast native, she has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the California College of the Arts (where she received a BFA in printmaking with emphasis on bookarts). Her personal work tends to revolve around mixed media hand-bound book forms. Thea is also the founder and printer of Kavamore Press, a custom letterpress and design studio in West Oakland. In addition to private clients, Thea works with various SF Bay Area artists to create ephemera for projects. Recent projects include a Futurefarmers book produced for the Guggenheim and a collaboration with artist Libby Black for the SFMOMA. To read more visit http://www.kavamorepress.com/.

  • Hannah Tashjian

    Hannah Tashjian is a graduate of the bookbinding program at Boston's North Bennet Street School. She is now a Library Conservator at UC Berkeley. For more information, visit www.hannahtashjian.com

  • Andie Thrams

    Andie Thrams is a California-based painter and book artist. Her lifelong devotion to creative work in wilderness locations, especially within the pages of her field journals, has evolved into the artist’s books and paintings now held in prominent private and public collections at Yale University and the University of Washington, among others. Her work is widely exhibited and has been honored by institutions including Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and Yosemite Renaissance. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California at Berkeley and teaches for San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Yosemite Association and others. She has been a fulltime working artist since high school, employed as botanical illustrator, graphic designer, cartographer, calligrapher, art educator and occasional publisher, as Larkspur Graphics. Since 2001 she has been creating two ongoing series of unique (one-of-a-kind) artist’s books, In Forests and Field Studies. These books, which record her experiences during treks on foot and by kayak into wild forests from California to Alaska, are a contemporary hybrid of the illuminated manuscript and the field journal. Andie Thrams botanical images have appeared on note cards and posters published by Larkspur Graphics since 1980. She has taught for Yosemite Association and the Oakland Museum, which recently exhibited her illuminated field journals and paintings. She was artist-in-residence in Glacier National Park in 2000, and will be in residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 2004.

  • James Tucker

    James Tucker received his BFA in printmaking in 2007 from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Over the years he has honed his letterpress, bindery, and woodcut skills at Hatch Show Print, Austin Press,Taurus Bookbindery, and Hello Lucky in San Francisco. He started his own press, The Aesthetic Union in 2013. Its specializes in small run job printing and innovative design production collaborations. James is a contributor to many online letterpress forums and blogs and is currently a member of the Colophon Club in Berkeley. His work has been exhibited, featured in Uppercase Magazine, The Bold Italic, Anthology, San Francisco Magazine, and many other industry blogs and publications. His fine art has been procured by private collectors in New York City; Miami; Hong Kong; San Francisco; Aspen, CO, Tampa; Nashville; Sarasota; Baltimore; Pont-Aven, France, and Asbury Park, NJ. To learn more visit, jamesltucker.com or theaestheticunion.com

  • Nina Zeininger

    Nina Eve has been obsessed with books since receiving Harold and the Purple Crayon as a child before she knew how to read. While receiving her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, she took as many book and printmaking classes as possible. She now spends her time working as the Project Coordinator and teaching at SFCB, making and selling her printed and bookish wares, and learning French. You can view her work on her website: ninaevezeininger.com, follow her activities on her blog: Things I Make and Find, and at her Etsy store, neon sprinkles studio.

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