Explore one of the oldest bookbinding structures in this two day workshop. The book is an non-adhesive sewn structure traditionally using hard cover boards beginning a little before the 4th century in Egypt. Check out the discovery of this binding in 1945 “The Nag Hammadi Codices.”
Enjoy re-creating history and the delight of making by hand a book structure that is perfect for modern needs of journaling and sketching on the go!
All books need a home. In many cases our homes may not be enough protection sitting on that dusty bookshelf. Boxes are beautiful and a tasteful fit for our special collections.
In this course we will begin making a hinged case “Japanese Wraparound Case” which can hold one or more volumes of your favorite comics, a special edition of your favorite novel, or your child’s favorite book. Intermediate courses will incorporate the making of clamshell boxes and variations with more supported walls for the heavier book or atlas or other requirements to protect your book properly.
Originated in China, the Japanese four-hole binding and it’s variations have long been an influential part of the aesthetic culture using fine Japanese papers and fabrics. We will be incorporating all the traditional tools, materials and craft techniques used for hundreds of years to properly continue this fine craft in bookbinding.
Intermediate classes will learn paper and fabric backing along with the preparation of paste.