WashU at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

On December 9th, Washington University Libraries partnered with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a collaborative event inspired by the current exhibits Living Proof: Drawing in 19th-Century Japan and Rough Cut: Independent Japanese Animation. Members of the community participated in workshops on Japanese techniques and contemporary book binding, including the Noble, Tortoise Hair, and Hemp Leaf stitches. Materials from the Art & Architecture Library, East Asian Library, and Rare Book Collections allowed for visitors to interact with library collections relating to Japanese art and bindings, as well as contemporary artists books bound in unique ways. Original woodblock sketches from the Triple Crown and Eric Gill Collections showed the Western side of sketches, in contrast to the Japanese tradition of woodblock sketches seen throughout Living Proof.

Enjoy photos below from the event!
(All photos courtesy of Michael Thomas)

Visitors view books.

Viewing the display.

A miniature book.

Exploring bindings.

Dos-a-dos binding.

360 degree binding.

Books on display.

Curator of Modern Literature Joel Minor.

Visitors have a hands-on experience.











Curator of Rare Books Cassie Brand shows a frame-as-page binding.

Cassie Brand explains how woodcuts were made.

A workshop attendee gets a close-up look at “Well at World’s End”.








Ken Botnick, Director of the Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book, taught the afternoon workshop with colleague Michael Powell (not pictured).

Ken Botnick demonstrates cutting the pages.

An attendee sews a binding.

Attendees of the workshop and instructor Ken Botnick.


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