book making

Japanese Book Binding Workshop

By Julie Hale on March 12, 2019

Come view amazing bindings from the University Libraries’ rare book collections that highlight historic Japanese binding structures. Attendees will learn three traditional Japanese stab-binding sewing patterns (four-eye, tortoiseshell and hemp leaf). They will then be able to choose their f...

Crafting Tunnel Books

By Rose Miyatsu on December 12, 2018

This past Saturday, a small group of book enthusiasts gathered at the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections in Olin Library to learn how to craft tunnel books as part of a series of book making workshops generously funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. We began the afternoon b...

First Bookmaking Workshop Was A Hit!

By Rose Miyatsu on December 6, 2018

The Community Learns New Bookmaking Skills This past Saturday, eighteen enthusiastic participants from Washington University and the surrounding community gathered in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections to try their hand at some basic bookmaking. The workshop was part of a new ser...

Cobden-Sanderson and the Doves Press

By Rose Miyatsu on July 23, 2018

In the early 1880s, Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson left a career in law to become a bookbinder. Cobden-Sanderson was a friend of William Morris, a prominent member of the British Arts and Crafts movement, and subscribed to his ideology about the importance of traditional craftsmanship. They believ...

Inspired by Special Collections: Ken Botnick’s Diderot Project

By Rose Miyatsu on November 16, 2017

In a previous blog post, we highlighted the famous Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers, also known as Diderot’s Encyclopedia, which helped to spread and popularize the Enlightenment reasoning that would eventually lead to the French Revolution. The m...

Press and Bind: Bookmaking Workshops to be Held December 9

By Julie Hale on November 10, 2017

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...