East Asian Binding Sampler

EAST ASIAN BINDING SAMPLER

 

 

 

Instructor: Steph Rue
Skill Level: intermediate, advanced
Materials Fee: $30.00
Length of workshop: 3 day

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 26, 27 and 28, 2019

 

 

Workshop description:

In this 3-day workshop, students will create a set of five binding models using various methods of East Asian side stitch binding. We will begin the class by binding folded sheets together with paper cords to create an inner binding. We will then prepare the covers by applying various East Asian surface decoration techniques including waxing and burnishing onto carved woodblocks. Students will then create binding models using different traditional sewing methods. Students will make sewing templates with the different sewing methods to use for future books. The binding models will be housed in a wraparound case, which students will also construct in the workshop. Students will learn about the tools and materials required for traditional East Asian binding and will leave with five completed book models in a wraparound case, sewing templates and punching jigs, as well as several handouts to reference for future work.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
hammer
cutting mat
X-acto knife
straight edge
bone folder  
awl
scissors
divider
weight – paper covered brick

Materials/ Equipment to be provided by instructor:
paper
book cloth
bone clasps
paste
brushes
pre-cut box pieces
thread
wax
needles
chisels
burnishing stones
carved woodblocks
wax paper
waste paper
press boards
class models
binder clips
glue stick
PVA
razor blades

Prerequisite experience/skills needed for this class:
How to thread a needle and wax the thread
How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures
How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board

Has made, independent of a class:
Simple sewn text block for codex book
Box making experience is preferred but not necessary