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Rhiannon Alpers

Rhiannon Alpers

Rhiannon Alpers

Rhiannon Alpers

Instructor: Rhiannon Alpers

June 1–3, 2018 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels / Basic bookbinding experience necessary

This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This three-day intensive course focusing on showcasing a visual collection of natural curiosities is truly one-of-a-kind. We will concentrate on small treasures as decoration in a two-piece set: a unique hardcover book with inset decorative panel and a matchbox drawer for it to live in. Using an assemblage of historic illustrations, found objects, and natural artifacts we will create a visual decoration on the book cover and the box top.

Students will build and cover a matchbox drawer structure to house their book with a compartment for found and collected pieces to accompany their book. The top of the matchbox has an inset panel for creative decoration or sculptural elements to be added. Created as a multiple signature hand-sewn hardcover this book structure allows for content to be added after the fact or collages in with mark making techniques and transfers. The sewing structure is a traditional link stitch and the hard cover has an inset panel for a decorative sculptural panel of curiosities to be added. During the class there will be a slideshow of contemporary work which can give students ideas and inspiration about how to take this book to the next level in their artist book practice.

Basic bookbinding experience is needed for this class; sewing of multiple signatures and gluing with a working knowledge of measuring and cutting. A basic bookbinding skill set will allow students to focus on the creative aspects of the binding and box making elements. Please inquire if you are unsure about your skill level for the course.


RHIANNON ALPERS, has an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UC Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies. She is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. She has taught academic courses at San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts (San Francisco) University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Dominican University (San Rafael), Academy of Art University, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Columbia College Chicago, and Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught workshops for Penland School of Crafts, Book Arts LA, San Diego Book Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Kala Printmaking Institute, Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, and at her own studio in the Mission District.

Previously Rhiannon worked as the Head of Studio Operations and was the Production Coordinator for the Imprint Publications for San Francisco Center for the Book. She was also the Studio Technician at Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper program before moving to San Francisco. She has apprenticed/interned at Turkey Press in Santa Barbara, Larksparrow Press in Evanston, and worked as a production bookbinder for the Paper Source Bindery in Chicago.

She has exhibited nationally, and her edition and one-of-a kind-artist books are produced under the Gazelle and Goat Press imprint. Gazelle and Goat is a letterpress and bookbinding studio located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

In 2015 she received the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts Jurors' Recognition of Merit for her edition, Remnants, which was exhibited at the CODEX International Book Fair and other galleries nationwide.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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