Beginning Bookbinding: Single-Signature Sewing + Accordion-Fold Books

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Presented by O’Hanlon Center for the Arts at O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley CA

Apr 10 2018
Beginning Bookbinding: Single-Signature Sewing + Accordion-Fold Books

Learn single-signature and accordion-fold bookbinding

Bookbinding workshop with Derek Bacchus

The single-signature book (pamphlet) is the most basic of book forms, and an introduction to many of the processes of bookbinding. Combined with the accordion-fold book, there are many creative ways to make these simple books a personal expression of your artistic or literary desires.

We will begin with 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 small books, and instructions, so you can scale up in many different ways — size, complexity, inventiveness of materials selection and finishing techniques.

Beginners expected!


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.


$45, $36 OHCA members. Materials fee $8

Contact: 415-388-4331


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6:00 – 9:00 pm


O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941

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    • Wheelchair Access

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