WU Libraries Partner with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation on a Day of Bookmaking Workshops and Presentations

Press and Bind: Bookmaking Workshops
Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 10am–5pm

Washington University Libraries are excited to partner with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation on a day of bookbinding workshops and presentations. Inspired by the works on view in Living Proof: Drawing in 19th-Century Japan and Rough Cut: Independent Japanese Animation two workshops will explore traditional Japanese techniques and contemporary practices in bookmaking. Sessions will be led by artist Gina Alvarez, Executive Director of Living Arts Studio with VSA Missouri, and artist Eileen Wallace, Lecturer in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Georgia.

Although the workshops are now at capacity* the Presentation of Rare Books  by Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books at Washington University Libraries, at 1:00 pm is open to the public.

You can judge a book by its cover: a brief survey of materials / by Bernard Middleton; edited by David Pankow; bound by Silvia Nussio-Rennie.

The talk will focus on rare artist books and manuscripts that exemplify techniques used in the two workshops from the East Asian Library and Department of Special Collections. Visitors will be able to view and engage with selected works from Special Collections, including books by Karen Hanmer, William Everson, Buzz Spector, and items from the Triple Crown Collection, offering additional insight into bookmaking and binding processes. These artist and fine press books will be on display throughout the day.

Page from “The works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted,” Upper Mall, Hammersmith, Middlesex : Kelmscott Press, 1896.



In addition, the workshops will provide hands-on experience for participants to explore traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques and different concepts from the exhibitions including mark-making, paper folding, paper cutting, and binding.

*To be added to the waitlist, visit pulitzerarts.org/program/press-and-bind-bookmaking-workshops/


About the author

Reference and Outreach Supervisor in Special Collections.