Visiting Instructors

Design Binding Intensive with Dominic Riley :: Mondays through Fridays, July 13 through August 7, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

In this comprehensive, four-week master class, students will get to experience all the steps involved in making a fine designed binding with one of SFCB’s most experienced teachers, Dominic Riley.

The Ideal Sketchbook with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2020 :: 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.

Presentation Album with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 25 & 26, 2020 :: 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.

Library Style Binding with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Learn how to restore your dictionaries, encyclopedias and cook books with this extremely robust binding. A perfect class for bookbinders of all levels.

Nag Hammadi Codex with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Step back in time and enjoy making your own model of the earliest known codex binding, famous for containing the controversial Gnostic Gospels.

Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities with Shawn Sheehy :: Friday-Sunday, August 14-16, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. Imagine binding drawer-like boxes into a sort of book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes will be something mechanical made from paper. In this workshop you will learn to build just such a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities.

St. Cuthbert's Gospel of St. John :: The Oldest European Binding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, August 17-21, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

St. Cuthbert’s Gospel is a small binding, very beautiful and exquisitely made, and is of tremendous importance to bookbinders not only as an example of early English binding, with its intriguing construction, but also for its decoration, which draws on both Islamic, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon influences.

Shadow & Light :: The LED Pop-Up Artists' Book with Susan Lowdermilk :: Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2020 :: 9:30am-3pm

In this workshop, students will learn basic pop-up techniques and simple electronic circuitry and combine them into an accordion book illuminated with LED lights that are specifically designed for paper arts!

Daredevil Devices :: Revolving Text & Image with Jessica Spring :: Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

With the aid of circular and angle quads, tools from art supply and hardware stores, and daredevil furniture (laser-cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves, and angles) we’ll explore two engaging historic structures that amuse and inform.


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.

Susan Lowdermilk

Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker. She creates hand bound artist’s books involving movable parts, pop-ups. She works in traditional print processes and uses digital media where necessary. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Additionally she teaches workshops in artist’s books, paper engineering and printmaking. She has had a thirty-year career creating artist’s books. Her work has been collected by over 60 public institutions worldwide and is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley Is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He has his bindery in England, 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.

He has taught masterclasses in the USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, at the Centro del Bel Libro in Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Canada.

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.

Jessica Spring

Jessica Spring began her interest in typesetting and printing as a phototypesetter in the 1980s. Her introduction to letterpress printing paralleled the birth of desktop publishing: an exciting time to explore graphic arts. She has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera where typography plays a central role—is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary since they began in 2008. Their award-winning book, Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color is available from Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches letterpress printing and book arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.