Japanese Bookbinding | Newberry

Japanese Bookbinding

Saturday, June 22, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 22 – July 27

10 am – 1 pm

Led by Barbara Korbel
This class is full and registration is closed.

Explore the craft of Japanese bookbinding. Radically different in methodology and materials from their European counterparts, traditional Japanese bindings focus almost exclusively on paper, thread, and paste to create a variety of structures. This class will introduce those materials and techniques. Participants will view two films documenting the production of washi, inks, and brushes, and will make four different bindings sampling the history of the craft.

Barbara Korbel is Collections and Exhibitions Conservator at the Newberry and she holds an M.A. in art from Northern Illinois University. She has taught workshops in bookbinding at the Penland School of Craft, Hollander’s School of Book and Paper Arts, University of Iowa, and the Paper & Book Intensive.

Materials List:
Participants will be required to purchase some tools and supplies, most of which will be needed for the first class session.The items marked with an * will be discussed at the first class meeting.The materials are available at Blick’s Art Supply, PaperSource, or Utrecht’s Art Supply (in store or online).

bone folder
ruler (in 1/16” increments)
pencil & eraser
X-Acto or OLFA knife
notebook for taking notes
*Awl or clay “needle tool”
45º triangle
Small jar with lid for paste
Water jar
*Glue brush
One table of Sumi Paper 12 1/8” x 18 ½ (https://www.dickblick.com/products/yasutomo-japanese-sketch-paper-pads/)

Ikegami, Kojiro. Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman. Weatherhill, 1986. ISBN: 9780834801967

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $210 (includes a $10 materials fee)