Susan King, Women and cars, 2011; photo: courtesy the artist

Studio Workshop

Various Small Books: Reading + Making Artists’ Books

Part of SFMOMA 101

A book is just a book, until it isn’t. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the book as a vehicle for artistic expression through reading, viewing, and making artists’ books. Participants will develop conceptual ideas that can be realized through a series of classic and innovative book structures, using basic bookmaking techniques such as cutting, folding, gluing, and binding.

Along with gaining deeper insight into the medium through hands-on projects, participants will also join in interactive lectures and have the special opportunity to study and handle works from the SFMOMA Library’s special collection of artists’ books.

No bookmaking experience necessary.


Kathleen Walkup is a writer, curator and professor of book art, and director of the book art program at Mills College, where she teaches typography and letterpress printing, artists’ bookmaking, and book history. She has also taught at Stanford University, Camberwell College of Arts in London, City College of San Francisco, and University of Georgia’s campus in Cortona, Italy. Her essay The Book is a Public Place appears in the anthology Threads (2016). She curated Hand, Voice & Vision: Books from Women’s Studio Workshop (Grolier Club, New York, 2010, plus eight other locations), and was a 2015 Stephen Botein Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society.

Barbara Rominski, current director of archives with the San Francisco Opera, was the head of the SFMOMA Library and Archives 2003–2016. As such, it was her responsibility and great pleasure to build the library’s artists’ book collection, support Bay Area book artists and publishers through the comprehensive collecting of their work, and share the collection through interactive lectures with artists, historians, and students from across the Bay Area.