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

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Single-section binding

The single-section book is the most fundamental of book structures, and an introduction to many of the processes of bookbinding.

There are many creative 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, and two triple-twist variations…one looped, and one running stitch. Afterward, you will be able to scale up in many different ways on your own — size, complexity, inventiveness of materials selection and finishing techniques. 

Beginners welcome

Cost: $120 (non-members), $95 (OHCA members)
Plus materials fee: $15 to be paid to instructor day of class


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.




March 15
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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OHCA Staff
(415) 388-4331