Visiting Instructors

Gold Tooling Intensive with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

A new offering from bookbinder extraordinaire, Dominic Riley, this class combines several tooling techniques into a five-day extravaganza of traditional and creative approaches.

Repairing Leather Bindings with Japanese Tissue Paper with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Discover the miraculous properties of Japanese paper as a material for repairing leather bindings.

Millimeter Binding Intensive with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Scandinavian Elegance! Discover the beauty of the Danish Millimeter Binding, and spend five days exploring this classic style and its variations. This class is highly recommended as an introduction to bookbinding with leather.

Decorating Book Edges with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Enhance the beauty of your hand bound books! This workshop introduces you to a host of attractive colored edges.

Byzantine Bookbinding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This binding originated in Constantinople and throughout history the binding endured. The essential elements of Byzantine bindings, such as a flexible spine, wooden boards and blind stamped leather are still very much in use today. In this workshop we will make a typical example of this fascinating structure.

The Deluxe Box with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Boxmaking and leatherwork combine in this superb luxury box! Whether it is used to house a fine binding, cherished ephemera or suites of prints, this is the ideal box for the job, and a very good class for those looking to work with leather and gold.

Roman Capitals with Oriol Miro i Genovart :: Saturday, August 25, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

ROMAN CAPITALS: Majestic, serene, balanced, harmonious, fabulous, strong and delicate, any adjective is short to describe Roman Majuscules’ beauty. In this course we will learn how they were written, through the experience firsthand of the flat brush calligraphy tricks and tips like pressure and rotation. We will get the skill to write those damned and delicate serifs like true roman scribes.

3-Part Bradel Binding with Erin Fletcher :: Friday-Monday, September 7-10, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The 3-Part Bradel binding offers a unique aesthetic over a traditional case binding. For this workshop, students will use leather to cover the spine and cloth or paper for the covers of their binding. Using a variety of bindery equipment, students will also create a simple decorative edge and stamp a custom label.

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.

Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher was introduced to the craft of bookbinding during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This initial exposure created a desire to culture a deeper understanding. In 2010, Erin moved to Boston to attend the full-time bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School. Since graduating, Erin has been teaching workshops for adults at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for kids in the Middle School Book Arts Program. In 2012, Erin opened Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, providing hand bookbinding, box-making and basic conservation for various clients and institutions.

Oriol Miro i Genovart

Hi, my name is Oriol Miró i Genovart (omg). I am a Barcelona-based calligrapher. I work in calligraphy since 1994. My work includes collaborations and commissions for advertising agencies, graphic designers, museums, television, networks and publishing companies. I also love private commissions, unique calligraphy pieces meant to decorate any interior design.

I have been teaching calligraphy since 1995. My approach to calligraphy is always structural and never decorative. The main interest to me is to understand lettershapes and its relation to each other, that is the spaces between. I teach in the main Barcelona design universities, including Escola Elisava since 1995 and Escola Idep since 2006. Since 2015 I am head coordinator and teacher in the Calligraphy Department at Escola Visions in Barcelona, offering three calligraphy levels: Beginner’s Course, General Course of Calligraphy and Advanced Course of Calligraphy.

Since 2008, and twice a year, I run my own intensive calligraphy courses in Girona.

As a graphic design student, one of our subjects was Calligraphy. I fell in love with it and decided to be a calligrapher for the rest of my life. My obsessions are letters, countershapes, papers, brushes and all kind of pens. Time flies away on a good day, these days when I can stay at the studio working for hours and hours. My passion is calligraphy, I cannot conceive a single day without writing letters.

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.