Oct 4, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1095
Class Size: 8

During this week-long workshop students will develop a better understanding of each structure through hands-on demonstrations and ways to modify their models through exploration. 

Yotsume Toji or 4-hole binding is a common Japanese binding structure with a long history of use. Students will build their model in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment to develop a better understanding of the structure. Students will also explore ways to modify and change the sewing pattern. We will also build a traditional Japanese-style box covered in Japanese bookcloth and decorative paper. Finishing the box with the classic bone clasp closure. 

In the second half of the workshop, we will switch our focus to the Secret Belgian binding (also known as Criss Cross binding). This binding has a shorter history in the world of bookbinding and book arts, but continues to be used and explored by artists today. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. Students will construct 3 variations of this structure, including a style developed by Anne Goy which uses Tyvek as the binding agent.

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Instructor: Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher is a fine binder and book artist who graduated from the North Bennett Street School. She opened Herringbone Bindery in Boston in 2012 and offers a variety of hand bookbinding and box-making services to a range of clients and institutions. She teaches in the Continuing Education department at North Bennet and as a co-teacher for the Middle School Book Arts Program. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally, and is held in both private and institution collections.