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Paper, Needle, and Thread: An Introduction to Bookbinding w/ DEREK BACCHUS

September 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

For all those who wish to learn about bookbinding, this all-day workshop is a soft introduction to the many styles and forms of making books through a show-and-tell of already made books. See what they look like; feel their differences. We will then explore the many different tools, bookbinding devices, and basic techniques involving paper, binder’s board, brushes, glue and gluing, folding, tearing and deckling, needles, sewing, knots, and pressing.

After a lunch break, we will make two simple books: an accordion-fold book with hard covers, and a sewn-book of a single set of folded pages with a soft cover. You will take home these plus an extensive written review of all that we’ve covered in the morning session for your future reference.

Come and experience the magic of making books with the simplest of means but the most beautiful of materials — and the knowledge of how to make more!


Price: $50.00


$50, $40 OHCA members. Materials fee $10

Members, please enter coupon code MEMBER upon checkout to receive your membership discount.

Beginners welcome.


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.



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September 16, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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(415) 388-4331