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The Roycroft Suede Binding

  • North Park Community Adult Center 2719 Howard Avenue San Diego, CA, 92104 United States (map)
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One-Day Workshop by Fran Kovac
Level: All

Member-Early Enrollment: $92
Member Fee: $115
Non-Member Fee: $190
Materials Fee: $17

Early Enrollment is closed.
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Friday, June 23, 2017
7:30 pm
Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla


This simple, but elegant, binding is one of the contributions to the American Arts and Craft Movement made by the Roycrofters, and you can learn to bind your own in this one day class. The simple suede cover, over a basic stitched textblock, is finished with printed or marbled endsheets on thin interior boards, while the yapped suede edges provide a graceful note to the book. We will create two complete bindings in class, and use the second one to explore decorative techniques consistent with the Arts and Crafts period. We will also examine original Roycroft examples of this structure, and explore the designs of the American Arts and Crafts movement. No bookbinding experience necessary.

Fran Kovac is a bookbinder in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio. She has led workshops at Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory in Cleveland since 2009. Fran has studied bookbinding with Pamela Spitzmueller, Hedi Kyle, Jim Croft, Julia Miller, Daniel Essig, and Shanna Leino, among many others. Working primarily in wood and metal, Fran often adapts historic binding structures to contemporary applications.