Au Papier Japonais
Francais August 16, 2018


Slot and Tab BookADD TO CART
Carolina Gomez
Thursday September 28, 2017

A book without glue, staples, tape or sewing? And that is, at the same time, as elegant as it is easy and straightforward to make! The Slot and Tab book looks like it has signatures, but doesn’t; it’s expandable and can be any number of pages.
       Essentially, it’s a way of slitting folded sheets and interlocking them together that can be made with basically a pair of scissors and Exacto knife, and works at almost any size. This style serves well as a journal or sketch book, since it will lie flat when open, and allows you to disassemble the pages completely so that you can re-order them or insert new pages in the future.

Techniques learned: The slot and tab binding method, basic paper folding techniques, slitting and inserting, how to mark, score, fold and cut.

French Link Artist’s PortfolioADD TO CART
Carolina Gomez
Saturday September 30, 2017

In this first time course, Carolina introduces you to the beauty of the French Link stitch used in making a multi-signature book combined with the origami pocket envelop.
       The sewing remains exposed adding a beautiful decorative element to the result, but can also be hidden inside a case binding for other projects. It adds strength, linking the signatures not only at the head and tail but also across the spine.
       Instead of the traditional multiple sheet signature made up of flat sheets, individual pages will be folded in such a way that allows them to be used as a portfolio to store documents, photos, notes, drawings, etc.

Techniques learned: Basic bookbinding techniques applied to sewn bindings. Measuring, cutting, folding. The origami pocket envelope. Procedure for piercing pages, and the French link method of sewing.

An Open Book: Bookbinding BasicsADD TO CART
Maaike Zuyderhoff
Thursday October 19, 2017

Opening a book reveals a mystery to many of us. How are all those pages bound together? It looks so complicated. And the bigger question is “Could I ever make one myself?” There’s no doubt the answer is yes, and the best way to start is with the single signature. It is the foundation of most books we read (there’s just more of them in a typical book), and that’s why it’s chosen for this introductory course.
       Under Maaike’s energetic and experienced direction, you will quickly discover how easy it is to make. You’ll learn about the basic structure of a book and the tools and the techniques used in bookbinding. You’ll then go on to apply the single signature to several projects such as a basic notebook, a special card, and a guest book, choosing from a variety of washi supplied for this purpose. Finally Maaike will show you how to bind several signatures together for future larger projects such as journals or hard covered books and further explore the many possibilities of the one signature construction.
       After this, next time you open a book, it will be an open book to you!

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to make the pamphlet stitch, the mysteries of “grain direction.”

National Treasure: The Japanese Accordion-fold Book, ADD TO CART
Sharon Iplunshu
Thursday November 16, 2017

The Japanese honour accomplishment and have created a special category to which someone may be named after a lifetime of distinguished achievement in a particular field. They are named a “National Treasure” Certain makers of washi have earned this recognition, and if there were a category for bookstyles, the Accordion-fold book would deserve this honour too.
       It lays flat when open, important for writing in it. It features double pages which eliminate show-through and can display what’s in it by simply pulling the covers apart and stretching it apart. This gives artists the possibility of making a continuous drawing crossing many pages but that can be seen all at the same time. Unlike every other book, if you use it to store things (photos, letters, notes, receipts or recipes), its covers remain parallel no matter how many things you stuff inside—and, as a bonus, it’s easy to make by anyone.

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to paste papers and bookboard.

Visible Means of Support: Japanese-style BookbindingADD TO CART
Cécile Côté
Saturday December 09, 2017

Although Japanese aesthetics tend to be modest, restrained, even humble, there’s one place at least where they show off! Rather than hiding the binding as in many book styles, the Japanese put it in the spotlight, leaving the sewn spine exposed, adding a conspicuous and elegant finishing touch.
       Besides its visible sewing, its doubled pages eliminate show-through, and remain flexible (you can roll it up and put it in your pocket!) and have made it a favourite of countless generations in Japan and of those who take our courses! You don’t need previous bookbinding experience thanks to both its straightforward construction and skill of Cécile’s knowledgeable and clear instruction. Easily made at home, it’s especially useful for notebooks, guest books, sketchbooks, or if you want to give a gift that will make you as popular as it is!

Techniques learned: Use of the special properties of Japanese papers, measuring, cutting, and folding of interior pages, the Japanese procedure for piercing the pages and sewing them together to form the distinctive, exposed-stitched spine

The Personal Notebook: Introduction to BookbindingADD TO CART
Sharon Iplunshu
Thursday January 18, 2018

Practice makes perfect, as you’ll see in this specially designed course for those just starting out in the rewarding practice of bookbinding, or those who wish to refresh their skills.
       Sharon will introduce you to the basic one signature, cord-bound book that’s easy to sew and can be customized in many different ways. Everyone will make the same book four times during the evening with different cover treatments each time, thus ensuring retention of the skills involved. Larger versions are perfect for sketchbooks, everyday notebooks, travel journals or gifts.

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to make the pamphlet stitch, how to determine “grain direction.”

Classic Coptic-style BookbindingADD TO CART
Maya Assouad
Saturday January 20, 2018

In some ways it’s like a fork, a wheel or a hammer: a perfect form for its purpose right from the beginning. Coptic-style bookbinding was a perfect form for the first books and remains so today.
       You see, books once had to compete with the dominant communications technology of the time—scrolls. To do this the ingenious method was invented of folding up a scroll into pages and binding them together, and it presented many advantages. This later evolved into bound books as we know them today. Maya revisits this early bookstyle, but substituting the beauty of Japanese paper for parchment. The pages are sewn together with cords, using a chain stitch which passes through the cover to create not only an elegant finished look, but as importantly, enables the book to lay flat when opened

Techniques learned: Basic bookbinding skills, measuring, cutting, assembling, tool use, and sewing principles and procedures.

Cover Story: The Multifaceted Long-Stitch BookADD TO CART
Maya Assoud
Saturday March 17, 2018

A celebrity with so many accomplishments, honours, distinctions and devoted fans, the Long-Stitch binding might deserve to be on the cover of Time as the Bookstyle of the Year!
       Among many reasons, not the least of which is its own cover. Unlike other books with a permanent cover, the Long-Stitch book is designed so that the cover slips over the first page of the book and so can come off easily, so you can change it, one time a decorated Chiyogami, another a textured Kinwashi, or again a colourful Kingin Red. Or, you can leave the cover off altogether and admire the exposed, hand-sewn binding.
Maya will introduce you to this European design that dates back to the 1800’s, teaching you several important bookbinding techniques in the process. It produces a particularly beautiful book that also (and importantly), lays flat. Perfect for journals, sketchpads, notebooks or for gifts

Techniques learned: Basic bookbinding skills, measuring, cutting, assembling, tool use, dividing off the spine, and sewing principles and procedures

Hard-bound: Western-style BookbindingADD TO CART
Maaike Zuyderhoff
Saturday April 21, 2018

This is the book that scared the wits out of us reading Stephen King or where we looked into the future with Ray Bradbury, or studied, law, biology or astronomy preparing for our futures at University. It’s the new hard-cover copy of the latest bestseller we want to read so much we can’t wait for the paperback: the traditional, cloth bound book with several “signatures” sewn into the spine. It is a book style that, though the most familiar of all, remains the standard in terms of usefulness, durability and popularity.
       Maiike has done some léger de main to make it possible to complete the book (normally a two day project) in just one by making some of the essential components beforehand, so that every student will leave with a completed project by the end of the day.

Techniques learned: Working with signatures, sewing, cutting, mounting paper onto cardboard, choosing adhesives, use of the square and other tools, calculating yield and basic bookbinding skills.