Private Bookmaking Workshop with Cristina Hajosy
Workshop Title: Japanese Puncture Artist’s Books
Date & Time: Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 10am to 4pm
Location: Canton, MA
Limited to 6 students
Includes all materials and lunch!
This all-day workshop will explore another beloved book structure, the Japanese Puncture binding. It’s also referred to as a “stab” binding, but I prefer the more formal and elegant title. This technique is especially useful because it joins individual sheets. The sheets can be edited and sequenced by the artist, then bound, resequenced and bound again, and again – verses filling a bound book. A little freedom can spark creativity. This is my favorite artist’s book for visual journals, print collections, photo albums, signature books, and upscale scrapbooking.
At its most basic, the Japanese Puncture binding is constructed by compiling a stack of papers and sewing through the stack.
It features an exposed side stitch which can be embellished with beads, buttons, and even botanicals or personal charms. We’ll cover the traditional Japanese 4-hole stitch pattern, as well as 6 decorative variations. Both soft and hardbound versions will be completed. Exciting book cloth, handmade marbled and paste papers, linen threads and ribbons, all you’ll need and more…
Throughout the day, we’ll construct several projects to practice techniques and to get familiar with the materials and stitch patterns.
The morning will begin with fresh brewed coffee and home-baked goodies starting at 9:45am, and we’ll break for a fresh, vegetarian lunch with homemade soup, salad and sandwiches.
We’ll create a unique, larger-scale artist’s book for the afternoon session.
Open to everyone ages 18 & up, all media and skill levels.
To see additional Japanese puncture bindings and other handmade books, check out my Etsy shop.