Japanese Bookbinding | Newberry

Japanese Bookbinding

Saturday, October 20, 2012
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, October 20 – December 1 (class will not meet November 24)

1 – 4 pm

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

The focus of traditional Japanese bookbinding is almost exclusively on paper, thread, and paste.  Radically different in methodology and materials from their European counterparts, Japanese bindings achieve a variety of structures. Participants will be introduced to these materials and techniques, will view films documenting the production of washi paper, inks, and brushes, and will make four different bindings spanning the history of the craft. Because projects build from one week to the next, consistent attendance is necessary.

Barbara Korbel is Collections Conservator at the Newberry Library. She began studying and creating historical bookbinding models ten years ago as a way of understanding the evolution and structure of the book. She adapts her discoveries to the making of design bindings which have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

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’

Ikegami, Kojiro. Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions from a Master Craftsman. Boston: Weatherhill, 1986. ISBN: 0834801965

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

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $210 (includes a $10 materials fee)
Online registration for this class is now closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.