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Watoji: Bookmaking and Beyond

Workshop: Watoji: Bookmaking and Beyond -
Making Japanese stab binding books and creating Artists’ books

Instructor: Ayako Abe-Miller, Sculptor & Japanese Sumi Ink Painter

Date and Time: August 25, 2019 from 1-4pm

Workshop Fee: $65

Location: The Gallery at Flat Rock

A Watoji book is a classic style of Japanese book that is bound with thread. Since the late 1100’s, Japanese have used Watoji style book as diaries, albums, sketch books, notebooks, textbooks, account books, textile catalogs, and tantra (religious scriptures) to name a few. In the first half of this Workshop, students will learn and create a number of classic Watoji style bound books. In the second half of the workshop, we will create Artists’ Books incorporating Watoji style bindings and more.

This workshop will be limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Tools that Students should bring:

• Scissors
• Glue (Elmer’s glue, PVA glue, or something similar)
• Xacto knife (or Box cutter)
• Ruler
• Bone folder (or something to help fold and crease paper like a butter knife)
• Pens & Pencils
• Your creative spirit!

About Ayako Abe-Miller

Ayako Abe-Miller is a sculptor and Japanese Sumi (ink) Painter. She earned her Associate of Arts degree in English Literature from Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in sculpture from Converse College in South Carolina, and her Master of Fine Art with concentration in sculpture at Clemson University. Her Japanese calligraphy has been published in scholarly journals in Japan and her sculptures, installations, and live performances have been accepted, exhibited and performed in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.

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