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【WORKSHOP】Japanese Bookbinding with Rebecca Chamlee


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Date: Saturday February 25th, 2023
Time: 1PM - 4PM
Location: Hiromi Paper, Inc. 
9469 Jefferson Blvd suite 117
Culver City, CA 90232

Max Class size: 12

Price: $120.00 per person

Refund Policy: No refunds on cancellations that occur within one week of workshop day.

All Materials Included!


In this 3-hour workshop, participants will go beyond the basic four-hole stab binding and learn several unique Japanese structures.

[Book 1] The Japanese stab binding has remained the most typical Japanese style book, a simple but strong structure that allows the binding of single sheets of paper. The Tortoise Shell variation is a decorative sewing that offers a variety of opportunities for creative design, including the use of different papers and colored threads.

[Book 2] The second structure is the Japanese retchōsō, a refined five-signature binding, sewn with multiple needles that was widely used for works of native literature, including narrative tales, Noh chants and poetry. Unlike most Japanese bindings, it opens perfectly flat. In fact, this binding is closer to the sewn bindings of the West than to other styles of Japanese books.

Basic book binding experience is helpful but not necessary!

About the Instructor:

Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press, and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie in the Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. As a self-taught naturalist and citizen scientist, Rebecca’s artist’s books examine the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing, and artist’s book classes. She also holds workshops at book arts centers throughout the country.