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Bookbinding with Rochelle Youk


The art of bookbinding is a rich and varied world of technique and artistry that can seem intimidating when first beginning. This class aims to remove the mystery from this centuries old craft tradition and make it accessible to the beginning binder. This hands on workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to create your own hand bound books. You will learn the hows and whys of basic bookbinding while creating your own samples to take home.

We will begin by orienting ourselves with a little background and book terminology as well as proper paper handling, and then learn a simple pamphlet stitch, useful for many different adaptations. Then we will spend the bulk of our time making a larger book using multiple signature sewing techniques. For this book, we will learn how to cover boards and apply them to our sewn block to create an elegant hardcover book with an exposed spine.

All materials will be provided. Although students are welcome to supplement with any personal materials (like decorative papers) or tools. Attendees will receive essential bookbinding tools to keep (including a bone folder), but it will be helpful to bring your own rulers, pencils, scissors, etc. 

There will be opportunity for sharing and connecting before and after the worskhop over small bites and drinks.


Rochelle Youk is a local visual artist who has had the pleasure of binding books for a living for the past 8 years. In 2012 she completed an apprenticeship at The Arion Press, a local fine edition, letterpress book publisher, where she has continued to work ever since. In addition to bookbinding, she also maintains a studio with the Dogpatch Collective, primarily painting and drawing. Both her studio practice and her work as a craftsperson rely on her belief that the act and processes of making are as important as the finished objects themselves. She was first introduced to the wonderful world of bookbinding and artist books at the San Francisco Art Institute where she earned an MFA in 2010. Her work has been shown at the Kearny Street Workshop, Root Division, and the Performance Art Institute, and can currently be seen at the Berkeley Art Center.

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Take advantage of the early bird rate until the end of January!