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)