Press and Bind: Bookmaking Workshops to be Held December 9

  • December 9, 2017 • 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Inspired by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s exhibit Living Proof: Drawing in 19th-Century Japan, two workshops will explore traditional Japanese techniques and contemporary practices in bookmaking. Sessions will be led by artist Gina Alvarez, executive director of the Living Arts Studio with VSA Missouri, and artist Eileen Wallace, lecturer in printmaking and book arts at the University of Georgia. The workshops are being sponsored by the Washington University Libraries and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Admission is free, but space is limited. Registration is encouraged and available at

Morning Workshop with Gina Alvarez: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
In this experimental workshop, participants will transform single sheets of paper into one-of-a-kind books that are both collaborative and individual in their expression. Each participant will create two books that explore different concepts from the exhibitions, such as preparatory drawings, mark-making, paper folding, paper cutting, and binding.

Presentation of Rare Books: 1 p.m.
Staff from the Washington University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections will give a presentation on rare books and manuscripts that exemplify the techniques used in the two workshops.

Afternoon Workshop with Eileen Wallace: 2–5 p.m.
This workshop will explore traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques using the Noble, Tortoise Hair, and Hemp Leaf stitches. Participants will leave with a set of three books.