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Single-Section Bookbinding: a Ten-Book Suite Introduction w/ DEREK BACCHUS

July 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The single-section book is the most fundamental of book structures, and an introduction to many of the processes of bookbinding: folding, scoring, cutting, deckling, sewing.

This workshop shows you many ways to make these simple books a personal expression of your artistic or literary desires.
We will make ten(!) books beginning with 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-hole variations, followed by the multi-hole teardrop stitch, the string-of-pearls stitch, the bow-tie stitch, and two triple-twist variations…one looped, and the other a running stitch. Afterward at home you will be able to custom create in different ways for yourself or for your loved ones with your inventiveness of materials and finishing techniques. Sample variations will be shared, including the use of end-sheets, accordion-folds, cover pockets, and the making of the dos-a-dos structure.

Beginners welcome; six maximum

Cost: $135 (non-members), $110 (OHCA members)
Plus materials fee: $15 to be paid to instructor day of class

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Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Chief Product Officer and Publisher at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont-Aven School of Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.




July 10, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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(415) 388-4331