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San Francisco, CA

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. 

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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

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
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.

Earlier Event: September 1
Later Event: September 25
Eragny Press Exhibition