Workshops

Workshops

San Francisco Center for the Book offers more than 300 workshops each year in three broad categories: Printing, Binding, and Related Arts. Registration begins as soon as each trimester's workshops are announced, and continues throughout the trimester. You are encouraged to register early, as class size is limited and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register online, though you are welcome to register in person or by phone at 415-565-0545. Please note that we cannot reserve your place in a workshop without having received full payment. If the workshop is already full, you will be placed on a wait list and notified if space becomes available. Please visit our Registrations Policies page for complete information.

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Scroll through the complete workshop listing below. Click on a heading to sort the list by workshop type, instructor, date, etc. You can also view workshop categories via the menu bar – select All Workshops and a sub-menu will come up with a choice of printing, binding and arts workshops.
 

Workshops: All

Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 9:30 PM
Billy Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

Wait-list
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 9:30 PM
Mark Faigenbaum

In this class, we’ll explore ways to bring a third dimension into our collage work.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, July 27, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, July 27, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn basic operation of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine at SFCB. We will stamp brass type & ornaments on leather, board, and paper.

Closed
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Get medieval! Learn the history and fundamentals of Gothic Textura in this introductory calligraphy workshop.

Wait-list
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Develop your letterpress design skills and aesthetic while increasing your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine your registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, setting gauge pins, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Take a glued-back paper-covered book and transform it into something more durable and beautiful.

Wait-list
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 2, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Bring digital back into analog in this final Core Certificate Program course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make the plates print fantastic. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Binding, Printing, ArtsOpen Print Studio
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 3, 2015, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, August 3, 2015, 10:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Evening Open Print Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Are you longing to take your bookbinding to the next level? Take this one day, beginner’s level class on the exquisite longstitch! Not only will you learn the ins and outs of this traditional German, non-adhesive, stitch pattern binding, but you’ll also learn to laminate decorative papers to create sturdy and malleable book covers.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Explore the unique capabilities and three-dimensional movement of the flag book—a structure composed of crisscrossing “flags” or small pages attached to an accordion-folded spine.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 4:00 PM
Judy Detrick

Create embossed (or debossed) designs on book weight paper without the need for heavy equipment.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: Monday, August 10, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:30 PM
Billy Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

Wait-list
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

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
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 14, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

Make a limited-edition chapbook in just one day. Master printer Mary Risala Laird will teach this beginning-level letterpress workshop that has been a staple of the SFCB curriculum for fifteen years.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

The caterpillar stitch is a unique and organic binding that has a hundreds of variations and applications, which bring attention to the materials and add context to a binding.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Learn the techniques involved in making beautiful inked, graphite, and gilt edges in this workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:00 PM
Jillian Bruschera

Turn paper trash into paper treasure in this 3-hour introductory hand papermaking workshop. Learn how to make pulp out of recyclables and practice basic papermaking techniques including: simple western-style sheet-pulling, inclusions, and laminations.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 17, 2015, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Learn how to turn simple blocks of wood, photocopies and beeswax into personal works of art.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Fold a small little pop-up theatre, decorate it with your own drawing, use an x-acto knife for cutting, and a glue-stick to glue it together – voila!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lars Kim

Learn the fundamentals of digital design for letterpress! Students will learn key skills for software applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. We will explore best practices for handling photographic and vector images as well as setting digital type for photopolymer plate production.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 21, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Friday, August 21, 2015, 4:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

Make a variation on the pamphlet book structure that has interesting flaps, envelopes and hidden openings and fill it with prints of natural elements.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 21, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, August 21, 2015, 9:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Discover how to dampen paper, use bearers, and finesse rubber- and oil-based inks on Cylinder and Jobbing Platen Presses for better ink coverage and control.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

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
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn to print on a press small enough to fit into almost any studio! This workshop is ideal for beginners, especially those interested in printing cards and invitations.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 22, 2015, 1:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

Although this Chinese structure looks like a book, inside are very distinctive small connected structures that fold flat but can open up like boxes.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

In this one-day workshop learn to construct a protective box with a lift-off top for collections of prints or books.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 28, 2015, 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.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

What is a “Flim Flam book”? Imagine the surprise element of a Jacob’s Ladder structure combined with the possibilities of a flip book and you’ll have an idea of what kind of flim flam we’ll be creating!

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:30 PM
Adam Ewing

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, August 28, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Friday, August 28, 2015, 4:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

We’ll make our own portfolio and then fill it with about 21 cards that we create with different techniques and processes.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 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
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:30 PM
Annemarie Munn

After taking Polymer Core 1, learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 5:30 PM
Elizabeth Boyne

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, we begin at the beginning. This, the first of our Core Bookbinding series, introduces students to the craft with the Coptic stitch, one of the earliest structures in binding.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, September 5, 2015, 1:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

Learn to make a multitude of innovative book structures from the point of view of teaching them to young people.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

In this course participants learn the accordion fold, and use postcards and /or photographs to make a 3 dimensional tunnel book.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 5:00 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Learn two methods for making book cloth. Open up the range of possibilities for the look and feel of book, box, and portfolio covers with your own fabric.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 2:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 5:00 PM
Jillian Bruschera

Turn paper trash into paper treasure in this 3-hour introductory hand papermaking workshop. Learn how to make pulp out of recyclables and practice basic papermaking techniques including: simple western-style sheet-pulling, inclusions, and laminations.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 9:30 PM
Annemarie Munn

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 9:30 PM
Billy Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Get a brief history of Surrealism and discuss the principles and techniques of the Surrealist methods as a "way of working." Learn how that can be applied to our own art projects and create a collage in the surrealist style.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

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: 1
Start: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Collecting the objects found around us and in nature is something that is engrained in many of our art practices. This class will allow students to utilize these objects in building their own cabinet of curiosities as an artist book.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 4:00 PM
Judy Detrick

In this two day workshop, you will learn the basic letterforms, and the rhythm and spacing that give Italic its distinctive appearance. Acquire the skills to work with a broad-edged pen to provide a firm foundation for learning almost any calligraphic hand. No prior calligraphy experience needed.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 5:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Margaret Morgan

Move away from traditional forms of calligraphy towards an alphabet of your own


Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 5:30 PM
Elizabeth Boyne

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
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. Print your own cards!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 1:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

Make 4 different flexagon structures with hidden pages!

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

This introduction to the advanced track in leatherwork for bookbinding helps students cross the frontier of those remote and mysterious tools and techniques commonly used in leather bookbinding today.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

If you're looking to make your own small journal or sketchbook that opens flat, this is the workshop for you.Using the traditional French linkstitch sewing, students will create two journals with covers and exposed spines.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, September 21, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

Make a limited-edition chapbook in just one day. Master printer Mary Risala Laird will teach this beginning-level letterpress workshop that has been a staple of the SFCB curriculum for fifteen years.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, September 21, 2015, 9:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Learn image transfer techniques for paper arts, collage, fiber arts, and more. Students will receive instruction in the best methods for combining, transferring, and layering found and created imagery and text in their work.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

Learn to prepare color photographs for print using polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

The Non Adhesive Accordion is a structure which offers limitless possibilities. Whether creating a single artists’ book or building an edition to sell, this method of book construction is versatile and adaptable to a wide range of book arts projects.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 9:30 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Dip your toes into the Middle Ages with this beginning class that features the beautiful Uncial script. Whether you have terrible handwriting or are a seasoned calligrapher, this script is easily learned, versatile, and attractive. Get Medieval!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Learn basic operation of the Kwikprint hot foil stamping machine at SFCB. We will stamp brass type & ornaments on leather, board, and paper.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

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

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 4:00 PM
Will Cloughley

This workshop is meant to launch you in a daily practice that can be one of the most important things you do to develop a richer inner life and a unique book of your journey, the Book of You.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, we begin at the beginning. This, the first of our Core Bookbinding series, introduces students to the craft with the Coptic stitch, one of the earliest structures in binding.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
Robin Weinert

Print a two color photographic image from polymer plates.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

The accordion book is one of the oldest book structures and remains much loved by book artists today for many reasons. In this workshop we'll explore several variations of the accordion structure while discussing how each variation displays content differently.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 3
Start: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 9:30 PM
Billy Hutchinson

Hand lettering for all, even those with the shakiest of handwriting! Ease into the art of calligraphy with this beginning class in penmanship, letter formation, layout techniques, and calligraphic processes and materials.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. Print your own cards!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 4:00 PM
Mark Wangberg

Explore a number of ways to use local dyes to print, stamp, stencil, paint and make marks on our papers and natural materials.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 11, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 11, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 11, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, October 11, 2015, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

What kind of book provides all the surprise of a pop-up, and the “wow!” factor of a tunnel book? Carousel books, that’s what! Also known as a “star” book, this structure provides endless opportunities for design and experimentation.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, October 12, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, October 12, 2015, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this one-day workshop, you will create your own personal syllabary or sign alphabet. In the process you will learn about lettering theory, calligraphic spacing, and the forces and tensions that make or break a page.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 AM
End: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 4:00 PM
Hobson, Charles and Sandra

This workshop offers a focus on objects that surround you to examine memories through techniques of indigenous wisdom and to preserve them through the medium of the artists’ book.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Open
Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 4:00 PM
Judy Detrick

Learn to gild on paper with genuine gold leaf using medieval materials and techniques.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

Make a limited-edition chapbook in just one day. Master printer Mary Risala Laird will teach this beginning-level letterpress workshop that has been a staple of the SFCB curriculum for fifteen years.

Open
BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

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.

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Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, October 19, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:00 PM
Jeff Hirst

Encaustic Collagraph is a printmaking class where the printing plate is made by painting encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) onto an acrylic panel.

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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

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!

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Develop your letterpress design skills and aesthetic while increasing your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine your registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, setting gauge pins, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 1:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

What a way to honor someone you love – tell her/his story! This book is meant for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) but could also be used for Halloween.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Bring digital back into analog in this final Core Certificate Program course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make the plates print fantastic. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: Monday, October 26, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards!

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Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mr. RIK OLSON

Learn to engrave a wood block in the classical style from the 1780’s.

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BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound for a specific collection or library. In this class students will bind a book using these bindings as a model but employing thick paper as the folded and laced wrapper.

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BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, November 2, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, November 6, 2015, 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.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 1:00 PM
End: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
Taun Relihan

This course will trace the history of Alchemy, discuss the goals and aspirations of the Alchemists, explore the mysterious and beautiful illustrations and diagrams they created and discuss the application of transformation as they envisioned it in their work.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

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BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

Protect prints and books in elegant clamshell presentation boxes. Day 1: Students will construct a full cloth clamshell box from a provided template. Day 2: Students will design and construct a custom clamshell to their own specifications and using their own materials if they choose.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1:00 PM
C.J. Grossman

Learn how to make a book structure invented by famous book artist Hedi Kyle

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BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 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.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: Monday, November 9, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport, Alan Hillesheim

The four class Jobbing Platen Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, November 9, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, November 9, 2015, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Print a variety of notebook covers on the Cylinder Press using type and collagraphs made from found items, and then bind notebooks as a class.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 4:30 PM
Paul Johnson

The folded screen had its origins in China but spread to other parts of Asia, notably Japan. Our small-scale screen – about nine inches tall - comprises six panels joined by paper piano hinges. This makes a lovely accordion structure – easy to store, flat, but beautiful to look at in its open three-dimensional form.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:30 PM
Paul Johnson

Make four different pop-up toy theaters! Have a day of fun and also solve your Christmas present challenge with these distinctive handmade gifts.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, November 13, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:00 PM
John DeMerritt

The drum leaf binding, developed by bookbinder and artist, Tim Ely, is an adhesive book structure made up of single folios attached back to back. Requiring minimal equipment and tools, it’s quickly made and can vary greatly in its function and appearance depending on paper, detailing, and covering material choices.

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Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:30 PM
Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson’s favorite paper engineering technique. Make four different shops – florist, fashion, toys and confectionary. A very unusual and fascinating structure!

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 4:00 PM
Judy Detrick

Whether hand drawn or type set, initial capitals adorned with textures, patterns, and colors are certain to draw attention to any text.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this inroductory class, student will learn basic knowledge of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00 PM
Judy Detrick

Create embossed (or debossed) designs on book weight paper without the need for heavy equipment.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 16, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, November 16, 2015, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

In this one-day workshop, you will explore the symbols and signs of ancient and modern African scripts, to awaken fresh insight into form.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, November 16, 2015, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Useful for holding coupons, recipes, business cards and many other small treasures. This is a book structure created by Hedi Kyle, conservator and book arts instructor in Philadelphia.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

In this continuation of Jennie’s popular “Mail Art 101” class, students will be guided through the basics of creating faux postage (a.k.a “artistamps”) using a variety of different mixed media techniques.

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lars Kim

Learn the fundamentals of digital design for letterpress! Students will learn key skills for software applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. We will explore best practices for handling photographic and vector images as well as setting digital type for photopolymer plate production.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 5:30 PM
Nicholas Yeager

Sew a small text block on cords and lace onto wooden boards, cover spine in leather & decorate – all in 1 day!

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BindingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

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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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 23, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:30 PM
Annemarie Munn

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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!

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Binding
Sessions: 4
Start: Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:30 PM
Nicholas Yeager

The Girdle Book was a popular method for people to carry a favorite book with them as they traveled in Northern Europe from the 14th C. to mid 16th. Even though it was a popular binding, less than 30 exist today. In this class you will learn how to make a model of a medieval girdle book

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PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 10:00 PM
Leigh McLellan

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 9:30 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Friday, December 4, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Gift tags are a quick way to embellish the wrapping of a present or send a quick message to a recipient. Why not get fancy and make some letterpress gift tags for the upcoming season of gift giving?

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this inroductory class, student will learn basic knowledge of history, techniques, tools and styles of European marbling

Wait-list
Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, December 7, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, December 7, 2015, 5:30 PM
Ann Miller

Let your fingers loose and watch your wrists dance with these broad edge pen twists, rotations, slides and pivots. Poise at the top and skate down the page with new moves. Learning how to make these Bone Alphabet letters promotes rhythm and greater flexibility for invention of all kinds of forms that will enliven your drawing and bring freedom and expression to your writing.

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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, December 7, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, December 7, 2015, 9:30 PM
Lara Durback

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

Open
PrintingCore Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 9:30 PM
James Tucker

After taking Polymer Core 1, learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 6:00 PM
Katherine Dedlow

This class will teach you the fundamentals of woodblock carving and build upon previous design and printmaking skills. Ideal for students new to woodblock printmaking, and those who are already well versed in the medium.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 5:30 PM
Courtney Cerruti

Finally! An all day image transfer class! Learn the core methods for transferring images and text to all surfaces: paper, fabric, wood and metal, then spend the day playing and exploring the world of image transfers.

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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, December 14, 2015, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, December 14, 2015, 5:30 PM
Mary Laird

Make a limited-edition chapbook in just one day. Master printer Mary Risala Laird will teach this beginning-level letterpress workshop that has been a staple of the SFCB curriculum for fifteen years.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

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
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 9:30 PM
Annemarie Munn

Become acquainted with the world of letterpress by pulling prints off both a Cylinder press and a Tabletop Platen Press in this one night demo style workshop.

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