The Stab-Stewn Book

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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 using their soft but strong long-fiber sheets of paper, and incorporating a folded leading foredge to each sheet, the opposite of the Western tradition. We will make two books in this workshop: the foundational Japanese 4-hole structure, called Yotsume Toji, and the Chinese 6-hole variation, called Kangxi, that features reinforced and more decorative corners. There are many more decorative sewing variations, but learning these first two will give you the confidence to continue exploring these patterns on your own.

On hand will be a number of these other finished variations, both traditional (Tortoise Shell Binding, Hemp Leaf Binding, Korean 5-hole Binding) and whimsical — with soft and hard covers. You will leave with your own illustrated step-by-step instructions so you can confidently maneuver your next version at home, including additional sewing patterns from which to choose.

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.