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Japanese Bookbinding: From Tradition to Designing Your Own

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June 3, 2024
June 4, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Online Available Only

Workshop Overview

We will begin this two-day workshop by learning to make the traditional four-hole bookbinding (known as yotsume-toji) and its three variations which are also found in classic Japanese bookbinding. On the second day, inspired by sketches of the natural environment and examples from contemporary bookbinders, participants will design and sew their own unique bindings. Participants will leave with a handsome library of five bookbinding models and the skills to design and bind many more side-sewn books of their own.

About the Instructor(s)

Yuka Petz is an artist, craftsperson, and designer. Her practice is centered around paper, language and text, and encompasses printmaking, drawing, and book arts. Her work has been exhibited around the world and her artist’s books are in numerous special collections. She hosts the Artist’s Books Unshelved video series and teaches book arts workshops around the country

Materials List: Students Bring


Pencil & eraser

Two different color pens (example: black and red)



Right triangle

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

Sumi Sketch pad, 9x12" (2 pads per student)

Cover Papers (2 sheets per student)

Linen Bookbinding Thread




Binding needles

Binder clips


Scrap paper

Foam insulation board for protecting work surface and awls (1 sheet per whole class

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