JADE BOOKBINDING STUDIO has created five workshops in Japanese Bookbinding. During the series of workshops, students will be introduced to three classic styles of Japanese Bookbinding, one box making and one workshop in KARIBARI making (please see workshop E). Traditional Japanese tools, papers, fabrics, and construction techniques will be used, allowing students to gain as much knowledge as possible, in this most exquisite form of regional bookbinding.
The various workshops are open to anyone, no prior knowledge of bookbinding is necessary .  Japanese Bookbinding is a perfect introduction to the craft of bookbinding, whilst providing a refreshing alternative for the more advanced student of bookbinding.
The workshop fees include all materials, tuition (in English and Japanese), use of hand tools, and when necessary, use of workshop equipment.

A. 袋綴 FUKURO TOJI  [Four Hole Binding ]
  つばくろ  TUBAKURO [ Wraparound Case ]

The FUKURO TOJI is considered by many as the classic form of Japanese Bookbinding. Students will be able to make two variations, one being the basic four hole binding, the other concentrating on a more decorative sewing pattern.
The TSUBAKURO is the ideal protective case for the FUKURO TOJO books, though simple in form, the Tsubakuro has many other applications

Materials : covering paper / corner pieces / text block papers / silk binding thread /paper thread / title strip / Japanese paper lining cloth / flat tape

B. 箱秩 HAKO CHITSU  [ Box Case ]

This is a two days workshop. This style of box provides ideal storage for various sizes, shapes of books and papers. The basic construction is a wraparound enclosure with a 4 sided box and it contains a lift out tray.

Materials : boards / covering cloth / lining papers / clasps / fastening cloth / flat tapes / supporting hinge paper / title strip

C. 結び綴 MUSUBI TOJI  - Limp Cover-
The MUSUBI TOJI is one of the true forms of Japanese Book, with construction details differing from Korean or Chinese influenced Bookbinding methods. The MUSUBI TOJI is unique, in that the same binding method can be used for both "limp" and "hard" bindings. Participants will be making the three types of “limp” variations , using traditional materials and binding methods. 

Materials : covering paper / corner pieces / text block papers / silk binding thread / flat tapes /paper thread / title strip

D. 糊入れ画帖 NORI-IRE GAJO [Album]
    伸びる画帖  NOBIRU GAJO  [Double Leaved Album ]

There are innumerable variations on the accordion or concertina style of book form.
This workshop concentrates on two styles of the book form that are not commonly taught in Europe. Each is separate but both are based on folded paper.
The Nori-ire-gajo is constructed from single folios whilst the Nobiru gajo uses double folds of paper. Though looking deceptively simple, the devil is in the detail. 
During the workshop the student will be able to learn two ways of traditional cushioned boards, folding and construction.

Materials : board / covering paper / board  paper / text block / cushion materials 

E. 裏打 URAUCHI  [ Lamination techniques ]
    仮張 KARIBARI  [ Drying Board ]

In many cases, the cloth and paper used in Japanese bookbinding and box making are usually backed with tissue paper. This lamination technique is called URAUCHI and uses a specialist drying board called the KARIBARI . The KARIBARI is very versatile and can be used for various projects found in western bookbinding techniques. Students will able to make a KARIBARI and will be able to practice variations of URAUCHI.

Materials : cloth / paper/ Japanese tissue paper/ wooden frame / Japanese plain paper /varnish


Workshop A. Fukuro toji & Tsubakuro        £  85-00
Workshop C. Musubi toji                            £  85-00
Workshop D. Nori-ire Gajo & Nobiru Gajo           £  85-00
Workshop E. Urauchi & Karibari                             £ 100-00

Workshop B. Hako Chitsu                                       £ 170-00

Fee includes all materials, use of Japanese hand tools and studio equipment.
(Pattern and coloure of materials may not be exactly same as the photographs)
If students have specific projects a separate fee may be negotiated.