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The Stab-Sewn Book

The Stab-Stewn Book
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with Derek Bacchus
Cost: $100
Materials Fee: $20 — please bring to class!

The Stab-Sewn book is a structure developed by the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cultures during the 14th–17th centuries CE, using their soft but strong long-fiber sheets of paper, and incorporating a folded leading foredge to each sheet. In the morning we will review handmade books that illustrate the differences in these three traditions, and then make demo versions in four of these styles to learn and practice their sewing patterns.

In the afternoon we will follow by making two books — the Japanese 4-hole structure (Yotsume Toji), and the Chinese 6-hole structure (Kangxi) — with a higher level of materials (handmade lokta papers for the covers, mulberry kozo for the text paper) and additional techniques for an inner binding (nakatoji) and finished corners (kadogire). You will leave with your own illustrated step-by-step instructions so you can confidently maneuver your next version at home.

Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Publisher and Chief Product Officer at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.

Earlier Event: December 7
Holiday Greeting Cards
Later Event: December 15
Wood Engraving