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PREMIERE Traditional Japanese Covermaking: Burnishing, Embossing, & Hangami Papermaking

  • Covell Studio 8680 Washington Avenue La Mesa, CA, 91942 United States (map)

featuring Artist of the Year, Anne Covell

Member-Early Enrollment: $448
Member Fee: $560
Non-Member Fee: $635
Materials Fee: $35

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The Japanese stab binding has been used for centuries as a simple and elegant structure for bookmaking, but little is known today about how the covers for these familiar bindings were made. Through exploration, we will try to learn the secrets behind these unique covers.

In this workshop, students will explore processes of papermaking, cover decoration, and binding to create historic stab bindings in Japan. Beginning from raw and recycled fibers, we will learn the fundamentals of traditional Nagashizuki papermaking as well as Hangami (historic recycled) papermaking to create soft and supple papers for cover making. We’ll work with historically significant dyes such as indigo, persimmon, and clove to brush and dip dye our handmade papers. Once dry, we will use the papers we have made to create unique, laminated covers for use in our bindings. We will explore traditional methods of cover decoration including burnishing, embossing, and comb brush patterning. In addition to a set of completed stab bindings, students can expect to create a collection of sample cover papers that they can take home for further exploration. No prior experience required.

Anne Covell, a book artist and papermaker, received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study-abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She resides in San Diego, California where she is building a Japanese papermaking studio and investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques. 

Earlier Event: January 22
Historic Binding Sampler II
Later Event: March 24
Full Tilt Bookbinding