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SFCB | A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms online workshop

Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms online workshop

  • Instructor: Shawn Sheehy
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: January 22nd, 2021 5:00 PM
  • Workshop End: January 24th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Sessions: 3
This is a three-session online workshop, all times Pacific:
Friday, January 22, 5-7pm
Saturday, January 23, 1-4pm
Sunday, January 24, 1-4pm

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building A SATISFACTION of eight movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities.

All you need is a simple set of hand tools, a short stack of materials, and an interest in engaging with technical paper mechanics. And to dial up the satisfaction quotient, you’ll bind your collection into a tidy sample book. This class will be technical, and very, very… satisfying. All levels are encouraged.

Materials to Bring:


  • x-acto knife with extra blades
  • bone folder
  • awl
  • microspatula
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • cutting mat
  • pencil
  • pre-workshop access to printer and copy paper
  • japanese screw punch (optional)



Workshop Fee: $250

Date & Time: 3 sessions :: Friday-Sunday :: January 22-24, 2021 :: See description above for class times

Location: Online via Zoom

Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class.


About the Instructor | Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.