Visiting Instructors

Animated Pop-Ups with Shawn Sheehy :: Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Combine pop-up and movable book structures to bring dimension and animation to your books. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the fundamentals of paper engineering and learn about the tools and materials of the craft.

Fire-Proof Leather Box with Dominic Riley :: Fridays, July 26, August 16 & 23, 2019 ::  9:30am-5:30pm

A legendary structure, the fire-proof box is the ultimate in Victorian bookbinding craftsmanship. This box structure is strong, functional and elegant. A rare treat, this box is not often made except for special books.

Presentation Album with John DeMerritt :: Saturday, July 27, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm 

A great class for beginners, this album can also be made on the kitchen table with a few tools. This is a great book structure for artists and photographers who want to display their work in a beautiful, hand-made book.

Pastepapers Old & New with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Explore the joys of making your own historical decorated papers, then experiment with contemporary designs and inventive techniques.

Restoration of Leather Bindings with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This intensive class is for those with some leather experience who would like to learn the fundamentals of this area of book restoration. Whether it’s an eighteenth century calfskin binding, or a massive Victorian Family Bible, this class will teach you how to restore them beautifully.

Paper Repair Intensive with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Paper repair is an essential skill of the book restorer, as many bindings have text pages or plates in need of treatment. In this workshop, Michael will demonstrate effective techniques for treating damaged pages, focusing on cleaning, flattening, restoring loss and mending tears.

The Classic Leather Binding with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Experience the pleasure of working with beautiful calfskin and learn the fundamentals of decorative blind tooled covers. This intensive master class will introduce students to this classic (and luxurious) English leather binding, which was a popular style throughout the seventeenth century, and is very useful for creating handsome ‘period’ bindings. This is the handsomest of bindings and a great addition to your historical collection.

Ethiopian Codex & Traveling Case with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The traditional method of binding books in Ethiopia survived relatively unchanged for over a thousand years. Learn this binding style and leave with a versatile book that lies flat when opened.

Islamic Box Binding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, August 12-16, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This workshop will introduce students to an intriguing historical structure referred to as the Box Binding. This early bookbinding structure, flourished from the 8th-12th centuries throughout the Islamic world.

The Ideal Sketchbook with Dominic Riley :: Sunday, August 18, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm 

The Ideal Sketchbook is modeled on the those used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered the Lake District to draw and write. Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, it was the 'daybook' of choice for all the great Romantic poets and artists.

Movable Book Repair with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Thursday, August 19-22, 2019 :: 6:30-9:30pm

This class will introduce a range of techniques that can be used in repairing the many kinds of moveable books, including books with slots and tabs, pivots and joints, carousel books and more.

Paper Lining Techniques with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, August 19-23, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This class will introduce you to the many techniques that were traditionally used to line materials for bookbinding.

Embroidery on Leather with Erin Fletcher :: Tuesday-Friday, September 3-6, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather, ways to transfer a design, and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of adding texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature blank book.

Introduction to Traditional French Pochoir with Kitty Maryatt :: Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Inspired by Sonia Delaunay’s magnificent imagery in La Prose du Transsibérien, you will learn stencil techniques à la française using aluminum plates, French pochoir brushes, and gouache.

Finishing :: Titling by Hand with Samuel Feinstein :: Monday-Friday, November 11-15, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this weeklong workshop, students will learn the most important aspect of finishing in bookbinding: titling books by hand.

About the Instructors

Michael Burke

Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has taught and lectured at Society of Bookbinders conferences and seminars, and at Guild of Bookworkers meetings in the USA, as well as teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book and across the USA. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.

Samuel Feinstein

Samuel Feinstein trained formally at the North Bennet Street School program under Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley.  Since graduating in 2012 he has been in private practice specializing in fine bindings, luxury clamshell boxes, new bindings in period style, and gold finishing for other binders.  His work can be seen on his website:

Erin Fletcher

In 2012, Erin opened Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, shortly after graduating from the full-time Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. Erin teaches workshops for adults at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for kids in the Middle School Book Arts Program. She also teaches workshops across the country.  

Her interest in bookbinding began during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where this initial exposure created a desire to culture a deeper understanding of the craft. Erin’s design binding work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Her work is among both private and institutional collections.

Kitty Maryatt

Kitty Maryatt is Director Emerita of the Scripps College Press in Claremont, CA. She taught letterpress printing for thirty years; students made an editioned book every semester. Since her retirement in 2016, she has been working full-time on re-creating La Prose du Transsibérien in an edition of 150 copies, plus 30 hors commerce. She studied pochoir with Atelier Coloris in Ploubazlenac, France.

Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley Is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He spends part of the year teaching in San Francisco and across the USA. His work is mostly restoration and Design Binding, for which he has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition. He was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition. Dominic is President of the Society of Bookbinders.

Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy's trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.