Samuel Feinstein

Samuel Feinstein began bookbinding after a traumatic brain injury left him unable to continue his academic pursuits.  He trained at the North Bennet Street School in the two-year full-time bookbinding program under Jeff Altepeter, full-time instructor, and Martha Kearsley, part-time instructor.  He strives to make his dedication and passion evident in his work.

Through his craft he has found a kind of peace, both in hand and in mind.  Working with his clients to create unique, memorable, and lasting objects is what gives his life meaning.  He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

 

 

Teaching Experience           

           

            2017, July. Titling by hand, North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA

            2017, July. 5-day introduction to gold and blind tooling on leather,North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA

            2017, July. 5-day introduction to tooling with leaf and foil. Wells Summer Institute in Aurora, NY

            2017, June. 2-day Introduction to blind and gold tooling on leather. Guild of Book Workers, Dallas TX

            2017, June. 2-day edge gilding workshop. Society of Gilders Conference in Dallas, TX

            2017, June. 2-day introduction to blind and gold tooling on leather. Society of Gilders Conference, Dallas, TX

            2017, April. 2-day introduction to blind and gold tooling on leather. Salt Lake City, UT

            2016 July. 5-day Intermediate Finishing Course focused on Tooled-Edge Onlays, North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA

            2016 July. 5-day Introduction to Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather, North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA

            2016 Feb. 5-day Introduction to Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather, North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA

            2015 2.5 day Introduction to Gold Tooling on Leather, University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

            2015 5-day Introduction to Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather, North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA

            2015 2-day Introduction to Gold Tooling on Leather, for the Society of Gilders in Chicago, IL

            2014  Two 13-student classes of Introduction to Gold Finishing with BS Glaire at Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) in Ox Bow, MI

            2013  2-day Edge-gilding for the Society of Gilders Conference in New Orleans

            2013  4-day Wellesley College Visiting Artist: Helping outfit the Book Arts Lab for finishing, demonstrating, and teaching gold tooling

            2013 1-day Introduction to gold tooling with egg glaire at the Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) in Buffalo, NY

            2013 1-day Edge-gilding at North Bennet Street School for second year bookbinding students in the full-time 2-year program

            2012 1-day Edge-gilding demonstration and gold tooling workshop as a part of a five-week Book Structures for Conservators class offered through Simmons College taught at the North Bennet Street School

 

Juried Exhibitions:

            2017 *Award for Tooling*  American Academy of Bookbinding "Open - Set" competition on my binding of "Inside the Book" by David Esslemont

            2015 *Award for Design*  DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Competition for American Bookbinding: Design for "The Restorations of Leather Bindings" by Bernard Middleton.  Sample binding submitted: "The Revelation of John the Divine"

            2012-2014 Guild of Bookworkers “Horizon” competition: “Dance of Death”, engravings by Hans Holbein

            2012 DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Competition for American Bookbinding: Design for “Four Books on the Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis.  Sample binding submitted: “The Arts and Crafts Movement” by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson

             2012 “Time Traveler’s Exhibit” at Asheville Bookworks in Greensboro, NC: 1718 period rebinding on “Burnet’s Examination”

             2012 Chicago’s “One Book Many Interpretations” bookbinding competition, “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller

 

Bookbinding Experience

Education:

     North Bennet Street School 2010-2012

            Full-Time instructor Jeff Altepeter

            Part-Time instructor Martha Kearlsey

 

     American Academy of Bookbinding Summer 2011

            Intermediate Fine Binding (2-week course) with Monique Lallier

 

     Workshops Taken

             2014 The Secret Ledger of Peppo Albizzi with Barbara Korbel

             2012 Library disaster workshop with Gregor Trinkus-Randall

             2012 Simplified Binding with Sonya Sheats

             2012 Historical marbling with Garret and Gretchen Dixon of the Marbler’s Apprentice

             2012 5th Century Coptic binding of a papyrus codex Leiden RMO MS Anastasy 9 with Julia Miller

             2012 Flag Book workshop with Karen Hanmer

             2011 & 2012 Paper marbling with acrylics with Dan and Regina St. John of Chena River Marblers

             2011 Conservation Documentation writing workshop with James Reid-Cunningham

             2011 Parchment over boards workshop with Peter Geraty

             2010 Hand Tooling workshop with Dominic Riley

             2010 & 2011 knife making and sharpening with Jeff Peachey

Professional Affiliations

             Guild of Book Workers 2011-Present

             Society of Gilders 2013 - Present

             Caxton Club 2013 - Present