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Po Box 193216
San Francisco, CA
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A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. 

Bookish Events

Information about bookish events happening in the Bay Area and beyond. If you would like to add events to this calendar, please use the contact page and include the event title, date, time, cost and location. 

Sep
1
to Dec 30

ASHEVILLE BOOK WORKS: Fall Workshops

ashevillebookworks.com
info@ashevillebookworks.com for questions and other information.
Or by phone: 828-255-8444  
   

Asheville BookWorks, located in West Asheville, NC,  offers a regular selection of classes in artist books, printmaking, bindings and letterpress printing. 

LITHOGRAPHY ON THE ETCHING PRESS
September 8 - 10, 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $390 (price includes a $56 materials fee)
Instructor: Perry Obee

This 3-day introductory workshop will introduce you to the chemical processes of traditional lithography with the ease of printing on an etching press. Printing on the etching press provides a familiar setting for those experienced with monotype, woodcut, or etching to begin working with lithographic techniques. Working with aluminum plates, participants will learn how to process the plate with the same basic techniques used for traditional stone lithography and will leave with the foundation to pursue more advanced lithographic methods. Participants will have the option to add additional plates for multi-color prints and will have the option to produce a small edition of prints in this workshop. All materials are non-toxic except the low-toxic odorless mineral spirits used for clean up. All levels are welcome.

QUARTER LEATHER CASE BINDING WITH RAISED BANDS
September 16 - 17, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $234 (price includes a $10 materials fee)
Instructor: Jon Buller

Leather case bindings can be elegant. They are an economical alternative to traditional laced-on bindings and, if properly executed, can be nearly indistinguishable from the more time-consuming method. They are indispensable in edition binding. The case technique provides an opportunity to build a stronger hinge, historically the weak point in binding technique.
Students will bring a sewn text block (see below), trim as necessary, round and back, line up the text block; pare leather for the cases and construct the cases with the raised bands and head caps; case in the text blocks. Decorating the spines will be discussed.

Figures of Power, connecting with the creative unconscious
 September 22, 2017
(runs six consecutive weeks on Friday mornings)
10am - 12:30pm  

Cost: $250
Instructor:
Gwen Diehn and Mary Lounsbury
For artist and non-artist alike, opening awareness to creative imaginal dialogue is nourishing, potentially infusing our lives with a sense of connection and unfolding meaning. Artists will find that this practice enriches their body of work, deepening the relationship with an ever-present source of personally meaningful content.
Over the course of 6 weeks the group will work with a variety of materials and forms, with the option to develop two or three works in greater depth.Classes will be held at various outside locations in the Asheville area and at BookWorks studio. Each session will open with a gathering circle and close with a grounding ritual. For the first session, we will gather at Gwen’s house in east Asheville and proceed as a group to a nearby trail at Warren Wilson College. Beginning in conversation with the landscape and the unknown, we will create primitive* forms out of found materials. A process of meditative awareness and imaginal dialogue will lead into creative exercises and art-making, with time for sharing and discussion. Locations for subsequent meetings will be given at the initial meeting.

LETTERPRESS MIXED LEVELS
SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $250 (price includes a $25 materials fee)
Instructor: Laurie Corral

Learn to print Letterpress! BookWorks has a considerable collection of lead and wood type to choose from.  Especially good as an Introduction to Letterpress and if you have some experience but haven’t been on the press for a while, this class will review the basics of Letterpress printing. For students wishing to gain more experience, this class will address students at their own level. Beginners will learn the basics of hand-setting type for a greeting card or short poem. Advanced students will plan and print more complex projects such as a small chapbook , broadside or poster. Advanced projects might include multiple color registration or simple image making on the letterpress. Instructor will demonstrate two image making techniques, the Sandragraph and pressure printing.

INTRO TO POLYMER PHOTOGRAVURE
September 29 - October 1, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $330 (price includes a $60 materials fee)
Instructor: Clay Harmon

This class is an introduction to the polymer photogravure process, the modern successor to the difficult Talbot-Klic copperplate process that was in common use in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We will use a modern polymer-coated plate to create an intaglio-etched surface that will be inked with an oily printer’s ink and then wiped, leaving ink in the varying depths of the recesses of the plate which will then produce the photographic gradation of tones that makes the photogravure one of the most beautiful and permanent of the continuous tone photographic printing processes.
 The beauty of the polymer method is that the etching of the plate is done with tap water instead of the more chemically dangerous mordant used in the traditional copperplate photogravure process. The use of a digitally printed positive on clear film also allows the student to concentrate more on the technique of inking and wiping plates rather than spending time making a perfect positive in the darkroom. With a two day workshop, we will have enough time for each student to make at least four plates and several prints from each plate.

CUSTOM HOLIDAY GIFT BOXES
October 14, 2017
Saturday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $130 (price includes a $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Jon Buller

The class will create small gift boxes as containers for small items such as jewelry, little books or other miniature presents. The boxes themselves may be gifts. Construction for 3” – 6” rectangular and round shapes will be taught though sizes and shapes can be modified. A variety of materials can be used to cover the boxes making this is a great project for your decorative papers and bookcloth.

COPTIC AND DECORATIVE LONGSTITCH
October 21-22, 2017  
Saturday & Sunday, 9 – 5 pm  
Cost: $300(price includes a $35 materials fee)  

Instructor: Hollis Fouts
Learn essential stitching patterns and skills in this multi structure class. We’ll make 2 books, including a 2 color Coptic and decorative Long Stitch on leather, as well as 2 samplers – an ornamental border stitch from the Coptic period which may be used for headbands and, if there is time we will introduce the Caterpillar stitch. Something for everyone as you expand your stitch and structure library.

MAKING YOUR OWN BOOKCLOTH
OCTOBER 26, 2017
Wednesday evening, 6 - 8:30pm  
Cost: $68 (price includes a $20 materials fee) 

Instructor: Sara Brooks
Learn how to create your own book cloth using two different methods of application. Students bring their own fabrics and learn how to make book cloth and which methods work best for various types of fabrics. Bring new fabrics or repurpose from linen napkins, old t-shirts, tablecloths, pajamas, bed sheets for a unique look. (Pair this class with the Daily Planner on November 14 to use your book cloth on a handbound planner for 2018!)

NATURAL DYE AND BOOKMAKING
October 28 - 29, 2017  
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm  
Cost: $239 (price includes a $15 materials fee)  
Instructor: Delaney Smith

This courses focuses on two simple processes: natural dye on paper and simple book making techniques. We will achieve a range of color on cotton paper, using every day dye sources like avocado, onion skins, hibiscus, and rosemary. The pages will then be gathered and transformed into books using pamphlet and stab binding. These handmade books can be starting points for drawing or creative writing, but can also stand on their own as a work of art.

FARTHER ON DOWN THE ROAD
We are continually adding classes. Please check our website regularly for additions.

November 11-12 Pocket Link + Pochoir Binding - instructor: Karen Hardy
November 14 - Handbound 2018 Daily Planner - instructor: Sara Brooks
December 9 - Collapseable Cradle and Slipcase - instructor: Karen Hardy
December 10 - Blizzard Books and Boxes - instructor: Karen Hardy

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Eragny Press Exhibition
Sep
25
to Nov 25

Eragny Press Exhibition

SFPL Main Library, Skylight Gallery 6F

100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102
(415) 557-4400

The Book Arts and Special Collections at SFPL presents this exhibition which celebrates San Francisco printer Robert Grabhorn’s love of books and his skill as a collector. SFPL acquired his collection fifty-two years ago.

Grabhorn’s large personal library of books is related to the history of printing and the development of the book. It includes thirty of the thirty-two Eragny Press books which were printed by Lucien and Esther Pissarro. The San Francisco Public Library proudly presents a selection of these exceptional books in this exhibit.

 

 

 

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Art of the Book 2018 Exhibition Call for Entry
Oct
1
to May 1

Art of the Book 2018 Exhibition Call for Entry

Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of members’ work, opening in British Columbia in fall 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

The Call for Entry is now available in PDF in both English and French

We hope you will consider entering your work in this exhibition. Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in October 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at aob2018@cbbag.ca looks forward to your questions or comments,
Jose Villa-Arce, Art of the Book 2018 Organizing Committee Chair

For questions or more information visit https://www.cbbag.ca/exhibitions

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Anton Roman: San Francisco's Pioneering Bookseller and Publisher
Oct
30
to Jan 17

Anton Roman: San Francisco's Pioneering Bookseller and Publisher

The Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant), San Francisco, CA 94108

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

The inaugural Kenneth Karmiole endowed lecture on the History of the Book Trade in California and the West 

John Crichton, proprietor of the Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco and twice past President of the Book Club of California, will speak on Anton Roman.

An encore of this program will take place at the Huntington Library in Pasadena on January 17, 2018.

This event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
Please go to www.bccbooks.org/programs/ to make a reservation for the San Francisco talk. There you will find an upcoming link to reserve for the encore presentation at the Huntington in January.

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Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventurers Charted the West
Nov
27
5:00 PM17:00

Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventurers Charted the West

An illustrated talk by Robert Kittle, journalist and historian.

The Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6.00 PM

Based on a newly published book of the same title, the presentation will explore the lives of three pioneering friars, Pedro Font, Francisco Garces, and Juan Crespi, who accompanied Junipero Serra to California in the last half of the eighteenth century. Drawing on the long-forgotten journals, extensive trail observations, and correspondence of the three padres, as well as the author’s own exhaustive field research, the presentation will provide fresh insights into the rigors of daily life on the frontiers of New Spain. These three Franciscans were the chaplains and official diarists of Spain’s pathfinding expeditions on the West Coast of North America. In the tumult of the Spanish crown’s colonization, Font, Garces, and Crespi endured terrifying storms at sea, blood-soaked Indian attacks, starvation, scurvy, and lonely isolation as they carved trails through uncharted lands. Together, they explored a swath of the continent that was larger and more important than that explored by Lewis and Clark a generation later. But their exploits have been overlooked, because Americans are eager to learn their English past but largely ignore their Spanish past.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please check bccbooks.org/programs/ for a link to RSVP.

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The Beauty and Threat of an Evolving Reading Brain
Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

The Beauty and Threat of an Evolving Reading Brain

The Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6 PM

Dr. Maryanne Wolf will present an overview of the reading brain and why its plasticity makes it exquisitely adaptable to cultural change, yet also threatened by some of the characteristics of digital mediums. She will explore the positive and negative impacts of our digital culture and why the strengths of the present expert reading brain, particularly deep reading, must be understood to be preserved.

The director of Tufts University’s Center for Reading and Language Research, Dr. Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts, where she conducts research on the reading brain, dyslexia, and global literacy. She is currently a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please check bccbooks.org/programs/ for a link to RSVP.

 

 

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Typewriter Jam (B.Y.O.T.)
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Typewriter Jam (B.Y.O.T.)

 

Date :: October 20, 2017

Time :: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 | 415-565-0545

Tickets :: Admission is Free! Register at sfcb.org/TypewriterJam2017 

Calling all typewriter fans! Grab your typewriter or borrow on from a friend and bring it to the first ever Typewriter Jam at San Francisco Center for the Book. This isn't a presentation; it's just a casual evening of typewriter appreciation, typewriting fun, and making new friends.

Typewriter Jam activities include:

  • Typewriter Times Races (with prizes!)
  • Typing Letters, Postcards & Notecards
  • "History of the Typewriter" information
  • Typewriter display
  • Books about typewriters
  • Postcard, Paper & Envelope Swap
  • Light refreshments
  • Pre-printed labels will be provied; choose one to let people know if your typewriter is available to "Type On Me" or for "Show & Tell Only".

 

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Before Desktop Publishing: The Democratization of Type in the Cold Type Era
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Before Desktop Publishing: The Democratization of Type in the Cold Type Era

Briar Levit Lecture at the Koret Auditorium SFPL, Main Library

100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102
(415) 557-4400

Co-presented by Type@Cooper West
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00pm–7:30pm

In the pre-digital days of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s, getting type set was quite the expense. You were paying for the skills of a typesetter, as well as the materials used to print out galleys, not to mention the overhead for running a type shop! What was a small business with regular advertising needs, and little budget to do? Or what about underground publications of social movements like The Black Panther newspaper, or the Whole Earth Catalog which were running on a shoestring? Before the so-called digital revolution of desktop publishing, a smaller, albeit important democratization of design production had already occurred with a selection of affordable, commercial quality in-house typesetting methods. This talk will explore a selection of cold typesetting methods that were used by small businesses and organizations to get their messages out, despite having little-to-no budget.

This event is part of the Letterform Archive Lecture series, co-presented by Type@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored by Adobe Typekit.

Briar Levit is an assistant professor of graphic design at Portland State University, and holds a master’s in communication design from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in the UK. She came up as a designer in San Francisco in the late 1990s, and missed the cold type era by just a few years.

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Los Angeles Printers Fair

Los Angeles Printers Fair  
The 9th Annual Los Angeles Printers Fair

October 14, 2017 10 am to 5 pm
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
Cost: $10

Billed as a Celebration of Letterpress, Book Arts & Paper, The Los Angeles Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA is by far the largest letterpress event in the west! With more than 80 vendors and nearly 1,500 in attendance, The Printers Fair brings together the creative worlds of letterpress printing, book arts, printmaking, and paper. The LA Printers Fair also includes a very large swap meet with hard-to-find Vandercooks, Windmill Presses, rare fonts of Wood Type, supplies, decorative papers, and so much more!

Special Exhibits this year includes a retrospective of Silkscreened Earl Newman, including many of his Monterey Jazz Festival Posters he has been making for 50 years! There will also be a special exhibit titled “PRINTING ON THE SILVER SCREEN” featuring presses from TV like John Boy’s printing press from “The Waltons” and “Twilight Zone’s: The Printer’s Devil” or westerns such as “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance” and “Have Gun Will Travel” along with newer productions like “Newsies”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Seven Pounds” and “Inception" among others...

For additional information contact  Sara Halpert  sara@printmuseum.org

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Opening Reception: Degrees of Innovation
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Degrees of Innovation

Exhibition :: Degrees of Innovation :: Alumni of the Mills College MFA Program in Book Art and Creative Writing

Opening Reception :: October 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Admission is free. Please RSVP at sfcb.org/degreesofinnovation

Exhibition Dates :: October 13, 2017 through January 14, 2017

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA

Admission is free.

The Mills College MFA Program in Book Art and Creative Writing was launched in 2006 and is the first program in the nation to combine these two disciplines into one degree. In hindsight, it seems only natural to combine the study of a field that focuses on a vital form of creative content-making with the study of a field that focuses on the history, design, and craft of objects that contain content. But the program at Mills is so much more than the combination of two interrelated disciplines: it offers an innovative interdisciplinary space for students to expand their approach and understanding of each field through the lens of the other, allowing them to experiment with creation of new visions of what a book can be when elevated to the plane of art.

 

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Pointed Pen Calligraphy for Beginners
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Pointed Pen Calligraphy for Beginners

Frank Grießhammer workshop at Letterform Archive

1001 Mariposa Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94107

Offered by Type@Cooper West
Saturday–Sunday, October 7–8, 2017
10:00am–5:00pm

This two-day workshop will introduce students to the basics of pointed-pen calligraphy. The goal of this workshop is not to make you a master calligrapher, but to teach basic principles of letterform construction, rhythm, and spacing.

We will start with the basic Roman lowercase, and (time permitting) will evolve through the uppercase to Italics. The pointed nib produces highly contrasted letters, found in so-called “Modern” typefaces like Didot and Bodoni.

  • Required Materials
  • pointed nib, such as Speedball C6
  • nib holder
  • semi-transparent, smooth paper, such as Canson Marker, 70g
  • black gouache (can be shared among students)
  • pointed brush to fill the nib
  • simple containers or small dishes for water, mixing gouache, etc.

A workshop offered by Type@Cooper West, a collaboration between Letterform Archive and The Cooper Union Continuing Education Department, and held in the Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive.

 

Cost: $420.00 + $7.95 fee

For further details call the Letterform Archive at 415 802 7485 or e-mail them at info@letterformarchive.org.  You can sign up for the class at the website (letterformarchive.org). Look under "Events".

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Symposium: "Illuminations: Poets, Artists, and the Book"
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Symposium: "Illuminations: Poets, Artists, and the Book"

Legion of Honor, Gunn Theater

100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

The 2017 Reva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist's Book.

An explosion of collaborative works by major poets and artists in the early twentieth century gave birth to the artist’s book as a recognized genre in modern and contemporary art. To what extent does the spirit of collaboration survive? Join scholars, publishers, poets, and artists for an inspired discussion of how collaborative and cross-genre expression finds form and acquires an audience.

Poetic Connections In and Over Time
Mary Ann Caws (keynote)
Author, art historian
Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature,
City University of New York

On the Cusp of the Seeable and Sayable
Lisa Pearson
Publisher, Siglio Press
Catskill, New York

Artists’ Books and the Mimeo Revolution
Kyle Schlesinger
Publisher, Cuneiform Press
Austin, Texas

Painted Text
Ward Schumaker
Artist, illustrator
San Francisco

The Fabric of Collaboration
Richard Wagener
Wood engraver, publisher, Mixolydian Editions
Petaluma

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2017 Litquake Festival
Oct
6
to Oct 14

2017 Litquake Festival

Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, is now in its 18th year!

"Originally hatched over beers at the Edinburgh Castle pub in 1999, Litstock debuted as a free one-day reading series in a fog-bound Golden Gate Park. Local writers Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware realized quickly that booklovers craved something grander. Against the backdrop of a technology-crazed San Francisco, writers were still drawn to the city, and readers still appreciated the written word.

In 2002, the festival was rechristened Litquake, and began expanding its programming to include all elements of the Bay Area literary scene. Taking a cue from a USA Today report that San Franciscans spend twice the nation’s average on books and booze, in 2004, the festival inaugurated an immediately successful closing night Lit Crawl bacchanal throughout the city’s Mission District.

Popular demand drove Litquake to expand even further, adding more national and international authors, youth programs, classroom visits and book giveaways, monthly literary Epicenters, and special localized editions of the Lit Crawl now held each year in Austin, Seattle, New York City, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Portland, London, and Helsinki.

Whether it’s poets reciting in a cathedral, authors discussing science versus religion in a library, or novelists reading in a beekeeping supply store, the goal remains the same: whet a broad range of literary appetites, present the literary fare in a variety of traditional and unlikely venues, and make it vivid, real, and entertaining. Now grown to the largest independent literary festival on the West Coast, Litquake continues its mission as a nine-day literary spectacle for booklovers, complete with cutting-edge panel discussions, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings."

Litquakes's Mission Statement

Go to Litquake.org to download the extensive 2017 program as a PDF. The events are for all ages unless noted otherwise. Book sales are offered when and where appropriate. Events without ticket reservations are first-come first served. The festival will end with with the usual fabulous Litcrawl on Saturday 14 October, from 5-9 pm.

 

 

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Micro & Macro Typography: Tânia Raposo
Oct
5
to Nov 16

Micro & Macro Typography: Tânia Raposo

Tânia Raposo workshop at Letterform Archive

1001 Mariposa Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94107

Offered by Type@Cooper West
Thursday, 5 October– Thursday, 16 November, 2017
6:30pm–9:30pm

Typography is one of the keystones of graphic design, but mastering typographic skills can be a daunting task.

Fear no more, in this 5-week class you will learn about typography on both macro and micro level – such as making good type selections, pairing typefaces, solving intricate typographic hierarchies, fine tuning long passages of text, and building typographic grids. Through a series of lectures, assignments, discussions, and demonstrations, you will complete this class to be a more typographically savvy designer. You will learn how and when to properly use dashes, get acquainted with OpenType features and master the glyph palette. This is not a class for absolute beginners; rather, it is targeted towards designers and students who strive to improve their typography game.

We will be working in Adobe InDesign, so a recent version (CS4 or later) of the application is required.

  • Required Materials
  • Laptop with a version of InDesign CS4 or later
  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper

A workshop offered by Type@Cooper West, a collaboration between Letterform Archive and The Cooper Union Continuing Education Department, and held in the Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive.

Cost: $735.00 + $7.95 fee

For further details call the Letterform Archive at 415 802 7485 or e-mail them at info@letterformarchive.org.  You can sign up for the class at the website (letterformarchive.org). Look under "Events".

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The Proliferation of 19th (and 20th) Century Wood Type and its Impact on Typographic Norms
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

The Proliferation of 19th (and 20th) Century Wood Type and its Impact on Typographic Norms

David Shields Lecture at the Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Library

100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102
(415) 557-4400

“…running from one falling star to another…” (Kerouac, 1957)

Throughout the nineteenth (and early twentieth) century the proliferation of wood type played an integral role in the creation of American visual culture. With the introduction in 1827 of innovative production techniques, affording low cost and the proliferation of a wide range of styles and sizes, wood type gave tremendous impetus to job printing and mass advertising.

This event is part of the Letterform Archive Lecture series, co-presented byType@Cooper West and the San Francisco Public Library, and sponsored byAdobe Typekit.

David Shields is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

He is currently focusing his research on 19th century typographic form and visual culture arising from investigations of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type Collection. He keeps a slow blog of his research at Wood Type Research.
 

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Stanley Morison: His Studies of the Fell Types
Oct
2
5:00 PM17:00

Stanley Morison: His Studies of the Fell Types

The Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 5:30 PM

On October 12, 1967, Oxford published John Fell, The University Press and the ‘Fell’ Types; Morison had died the day before, having handled a copy of this masterpiece which had been in preparation for 40 years. John McBride, editor of Invisible City, will survey the volume, as well as offer a surprise concerning Morison’s book Typographic Design in Relation to Photographic Composition, published by the Book Club of California in 1959.

This is one of the Club's Evenings at the Library events,  which are open to members only.

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Sep
2
12:00 AM00:00

The BARN on Bainbridge Island in WA 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  

The BARN on Bainbridge Island in WA
8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  Phone: 206-842-4475

bainbridgebarn.org

We at the Book Arts/Letterpress studio at the BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), are excited to offer new workshops this September.  

We have four visiting artists coming, Shawn Sheehy doing popup books, Alicia Bailey making innovative paper books, and Carl Youngmann and Ellie Mathews from The North Press offering our Letterpress classes..  Make sure you sign up early for these classes, as spaces are going fast!

Bookmaking: Innovative Folded Forms I
with Alicia Bailey  
Sunday, September 10, 9:30 am 4:00 pm
Members $125   non-members   $150

In this workshop, students will be introduced to creative and innovative book structures using that most wondrous of humble materials, paper, and basic tools. Inspired by innovators in the book arts field such as Claire van Vliet and Hedi Kyle, the focus will be on form and structure rather than content. Each student will produce a collection of sample books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects.This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know Alicia Bailey.  Alicia is well known for her gallery "Abecedarian", where she features artists’ books exclusively.  Alicia is now traveling around the states with a trunk show full of her artists’ creative work.

Book Arts Boot Camp
Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17,   10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Members $117   non-members $140

In this introductory class, we will explore the essential materials and equipment that help you make books that are attractive and well crafted. Paper grain, glue choices, papers and boards, and equipment will be investigated, and various techniques, including scoring, folding, and cutting. Students will learn craftsmanship techniques, tricks and habits which will set them on the road to becoming skilled bookbinders. We’ll cover book binding terms and resources as well as book arts communities and events. You will walk away with a basic skills toolkit for successful book making, and the opportunity for FOB access.

Pop-up Primer
with Shawn Sheehy
Friday - Sunday, September 22-24, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Members $220   non-members $265

We have the great fortune to offer a workshop with Shawn Sheehy, an internationally known popup book artist.Nearly all pop-ups are built from just two simple, fundamental structures. Learning how and when to use those two structures—and to see the broad range of what they can do—can open the door to a lifetime of exploration. In this three-day workshop, you will explore the fundamentals of paper engineering, learn about the tools and materials of the craft, and finally execute a binding specially designed for pop-ups. Beginners are welcome; participants with previous experience in fiber arts and/or paper craft will have a leg-up.This is a rare and fabulous opportunity to learn paper engineering from a master. Shawn's teaching style accommodates beginners and advanced alike, and you will leave the class with a completed popup book and a good understanding of the basics of popup engineering.

Letterpress Boot Camp
with The North Press Session
Saturday, September 7, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
or
Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Members: $75   non-members $98

Learn the language, tools, and materials of letterpress. Learn the rhythm; learn the type. This is a method of printing that predates our grandparents’ time. The results can be stunning. The kiss of antique type onto fine paper makes a lasting impression. This class introduces you to the basics of letterpress printing, setting type and printing a monogrammed note card. The meditative process of constructing words out of pieces of lead is very satisfying, and the resulting product is beautiful.Carl Youngmann began setting type, letter by letter, in 1960; Ellie Mathews combines her experience as a designer with her willingness to explore the techniques of relief printing. Together, they will guide you through the basics and share with you their passion for the craft.This basic class is the first step in gaining fob access to the letterpress and type cases.  
If you are experienced in letterpress, you still should take this class to learn our equipment, type and studio.

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Sep
1
to Oct 29

Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence, Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, Washington - October 25-28, 2017

The Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding is the annual Guild of Book Workers conference. Held annually at a different location around the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event. A list of past presentations is available on the History of Standards page. Additionally, many Seminar presentations are videotaped and made available to members and for purchase

Presentations and Presenters
AIMEE LEE:  
Make and Use Hanji: Applications for Korean Paper [Friday Morning]
SUZANNE MOORE: Much Ado about Nothing: Concept, Design & Techniques in Editioning “Zero: Cypher of Infinity” [Friday Afternoon]
GABRIELLE FOX: Covered and Visible: Protected Multi-section Pamphlet Stitch Structure [Saturday Morning]
DON GLAISTER: Gold Tooling in the 21st Century [Saturday Afternoon]

For more information go to: https://guildofbookworkers.org/content/standards-excellence-seminar#schedule

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

How Gold Leaf is Made

How Gold Leaf is Made | An Illustrated Talk by John Hastings

TIME: 5-7:00 PM
DATE: March 14, 2016
LOCATION: The Book Club of California in San Francisco, 312 Sutter St, Suite 500, San Francisco

MORE INFO: http://www.bccbooks.org/programs/

In 1820, John Hastings’ great grandfather founded Hastings and Company, a gold leaf manufacturing company in Philadelphia. It went on to become the largest gold leaf manufacturing company in America, lasting nearly 150 years. In this illustrated talk, Hastings will describe the age-old craft and all the traditions, methods, and surprising facts surrounding it–for example, it takes one ounce of gold to make 175 square feet of gold leaf. Hastings will also discuss gold beating in Japan and Burma, various uses of gold leaf, and why the market for gold leaf collapsed, and he will show an 80-year-old film about gold beating.

John Hastings was the fourth generation to run his family’s business, Hastings & Co., which manufactured gold leaf in Philadelphia for 148 years. After the business closed in 1968, he spent twenty years at the archeological museum of the University of Pennsylvania, developing computer databases for archaeology, and also working on digs in France, India an Tunisia. He moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and lives in Orinda. In recent years he has written several books about gold leaf and his family’s genealogy.

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