Playing with the UoWH at the Eagle Rock Music Festival – October 2011 (photo credit: John Adolph)

I fell in love with Artist Books when I started working for the Getty Research Library after college. In 1993, I took my first bookbinding class with Carolee Campbell (Ninja Press) at Otis School of the Arts. Since then I’ve taken classes at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina and the Paper and Book Intensive. Book binding introduced me to letterpress printing and, during a brief stint in San Francisco in the 90s, I took letterpress classes at the then newly opened San Francisco Center for the Book with Mary Laird. As soon as I had the space I bought the Chandler & Price pilot press and Showcard Signcard proof press that I still use today.

From 2009-2014, I taught bookbinding classes in Los Angeles at Jenny Ryan’s wonderful space Home Ec. in Silver Lake (sadly, now closed); Alphabet City in Auckland, New Zealand (also now closed); ReForm School in Los Angeles (Billie & Tootie are still open!), and my home studio in Koreatown.

At the end of 2014, I moved north to the Bay Area and a new job as Head of Preservation at Stanford University Libraries. I’ve set up a new little studio in Oakland where I plan to continue my own binding and printing projects and share them here.



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Richenda,

    my name is Benjamin Bruns and I’m the co-founder of we ♥ letterpress – a place for all letterpress printers and lovers. The idea of this website is to show letterpress studios and their work from all-over the world and recommend letterpress events, books, projects, etc. Therefore, we are always looking for great letterpress printers and studios.

    We recently saw some of your work in “Reinventing Letterpress” by Charlotte Rivers and would love to show your work on we ♥ letterpress! Therefore, we would like to invite you to create an interview on our website. In case you are interested in introducing yourself and Clementine Press there, here is the link to our interview: http://weloveletterpress.com/interview

    Additionally, we are organizing an international letterpress exhibition and are looking for studios who want to show their work. Interested? Reserve your spot here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weloveletterpress/we-letterpress-your-exhibition

    We would be more than proud to include you in our world-wide letterpress studio directory and YOUR Exhibition! Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Take care,

  2. Hi Richenda – I believe we are in the same neighborhood and I’d be interested in learning more about book arts. I work a lot on a 1926 typewriter and would love to learn more about presses, book binding and book arts/paper arts, specifically pop up and 3D techniques. Look forward to connecting. – Jana

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