Build your own Photo Album with book artist Rhiannon Alpers

Thursdays 7-9pm, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20
$200 + $25 materials fee

This 4 class hands on workshop is a chance for photographers to take the traditional hand bound photo album into the twenty first century.


Price: $225.00 Sold Out


The album combines custom cut colored plexiglass, digital media and the coptic stitch to give a complementary and striking modern feel. The covers are colored transparent ¼” plexiglass, which allow for a striking image on the first page to be visible from the cover but protected from damage. Options for the binding coptic styles will be discussed briefly before sewing, to teach students the rich history of coptic-bound books. Samples will also be available to show the variations possible with this book style.




Topics and hands-on techniques covered over the multi week course will be: the process of selecting and curating the narrative of the album, technical help if needed for printing your images through their digital department, preparing images for placement (sealants and archival placement methods), creating custom binding, hand sewing techniques and variations, and the vocabulary, tools and techniques for building albums on your own.





Tools and Materials provided by instructor:

Bone folder
X-acto or other replaceable blade knife
Plexiglas covers (1 pair for each student) 8×10”
Waxed linen thread of 10-15 colors
Folio paper for text block cut to size-(6 folios per student)
BFK in three color options
Dremel (for drilling holes in plexiglass)
Archival photo mounting materials


Maximum class size is 10.

Instructor Bio:

Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. She 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 has taught workshops and college courses at San Francisco Center for the Book, Sonoma Community Center, MarinMOCA, Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Kala Printmaking Institute, Academy of Art University, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, Filoli Gardens Estate, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Feather River Art Camp, Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy.

 Rhiannon Alpers website Here.

For questions or to register, call: 415-388-3569.