John DeMerritt Bookbinding





My shop produces small editions of books, boxes and portfolios.  I work for a wide variety of clientele, focusing on projects for Artists, Galleries, Fine Art Publishers and Printers.  I also do a fair amount of work for Graphic Designers, Architects, Commercial Artists and  a couple of huge Silicon Valley Companies.  I have been binding professionally since 1986, beginning my career at the bindery of Klaus Roetzscher in San Francisco,  and several years later, moving on to Taurus Bookbindery in Berkeley.  A lot of research, workshops, conference attending and advice from colleagues has filled in some of the cracks of my vocational education. 



In 1995, I started my own bookbinding enterprise.  I operate out of a small workshop in Emeryville, California, across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. 

Generally, the editions I work on are small and on the custom end of the spectrum.  I don’t usually work on editions larger than 100.  A large part of the work I do is in very small numbers, between 5 and 20.  I also produce a number of custom one-off projects and have recently started fabricating objects that have nothing to do with books or boxes at all, except for the materials and techniques employed. My shop and studio process provides a flexibile approach to custom projects and  the ability to complete complex jobs efficiently.


Here’s a partial Client list


I have  two extremely competent assistants, Catherine Helfer and Andy Rottner, who help me with my endeavors.


When I’m not cranking out the product, I sometimes endeavor to produce my own projects.  I make books, architectural models and like to work with my wife, Nora, on books together. 

We are planning to start a small publishing concern sometime later in 2007, just to make things more complicated.


For the last 8 years, I have also taught bookmaking in the Photography Department of the San Francisco Art Institute.