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The Buttonhole Book

  • North Bay Letterpress Arts 925-D Gravenstein Hwy South Sebastopol, CA 95472 (map)

with Derek Bacchus

Beginners welcome.

Learn the buttonhole-stitch book — with its clever exposed cut-out window on the spine — to make an artist journal for your writings and your sketches, or as a wonderful blank gift book for family or friends. We will begin with some bookbinding basics to familiarize yourself, and for your future independent work: tools, text and cover papers, paper grain, folding, deckled edges, needles, and threads. You will end up with your own journal, and an illustrated set of step-by-step instructions, so you can scale up in many different ways — size, number of signatures, and inventiveness of materials selection and finishing techniques.

Workshop fee: $100; Materials fee: $15
Wine included.

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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 Publisher and Chief Product Officer 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 Contemporary Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.

Earlier Event: March 16
Letterpress Fundamentals
Later Event: March 24
Mandala Monoprinting