10 am – 1 pm
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.
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).
ruler (in 1/16” increments)
pencil & eraser
X-Acto or OLFA knife
notebook for taking notes
*Awl or clay “needle tool”
Small jar with lid for paste
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.
Six sessions, $210 (includes a $10 materials fee)