“The Art of the Book” Workshop
Presented by Corcoran College of Art + Design
With instructor Kristín Guðbrandsdóttir
The Japanese stab binding workshop will cover a four-hole stab binding with soft cover. Participants will learn how to align a book, create a template for punching holes, punch holes for sewing, and attach corner pieces and sew a book together. Samples of stab binding variations will be shown to participants as inspiration for further work. Participants may keep the book they make. Limited to 12 participants.
Japanese Stab Binding
Stab binding is a traditional binding style in parts of Asia. It is also known as Japanese stab binding, four hole binding or five hole binding. Four-hole binding originated in China and five-hole originated in Korea. The Japanese adapted both styles and they have co-existed there for centuries. The five-hole binding style was usually used for popular novels while the four-hole style was used for romance and humorous works. Today traditional binding in Japan is mainly used for guest registers, calligraphic albums, artist’s books and certain special-edition prints.
Stab binding is an exposed binding and can be achieved with a limited number of tools. It is ideal for binding single sheets of paper together and can accommodate any kind of paper. Because of its many variations Japanese stab binding is suitable for experienced and beginner bookbinders.
Kristín Guðbrandsdóttir is a book artist, teacher and a furniture maker from Iceland. She graduated from University of Iceland in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Education. After graduation she worked as an art teacher for four years before moving with her family to the USA in 2008. She now lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and is currently pursuing a MA in Art and the Book at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
Kristin's work is mostly three dimensional where she incorporates her skills as a craftsman with creative thought. She uses the camera as a tool for discoveries for her work. She believes the book is not solely an object where pages are turned but a medium for artistic expression, a sculptural object where experiences take place and perception is challenged. Lately Kristin's work has addressed feelings, memory and experience.
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