Sumi-Ink art & calligraphy on your own making classic Zen-style book. And please bring back to your home with you ! (( Part1: Classic Book Making )) 1. Choose the book materials from Traditional book sets of our selection. <photo No.1> 2.Clip some blank Washi ( Japanese ) Papers in order as interior pages. <photo No.3> 3. Make a hole on interior pages with the wood block for stitching. <photo No.2> 4. Bind the interior pages with Koyori ( paper string ) <photo No.4> 5. Make the book corner using Origami technic with a piece of another washi paper. *photo <No.5> 6. shape the line for making the book-cover. <photo No.6> 7. Stitching interior pages & book cover together. <photo No.7> 8. Put the title paper on the book cover. <photo.8> (( Part2: Sumi Ink Art for Book-cover & Book title )) 1. Seeing sample, practice simple painting of bamboo leave shape ( or other pattern ) & calligraphy 旅日記 in Kanji, Japanese language , for example, with Sumi Ink. 2. Draw yours on book-cover of your own book. * Japanese style : For making books, materials are all Japanese paper. We use real hand-made paper made in Japan. The color, texture is really natural & interesting.
I'm Chikako. For 40 years, I've been an artist of varying traditional crafts and art forms. I've been lecturing at University of Arts in Kyoto for 3 years. In college, my speciality was plant dyeing & textile design. My work and concept is to be environmentally-friendly & respectful of traditional techniques. In this workshop, you can learn how to make classic Japanese books as they were made in the 12th Century. All papers for making books are natural, handmade and planet-friendly so they eventually return to the Earth. I'm really excited to introduce our historic culture here in Kyoto.
All materials & tools for making book
Small studio on the ground floor of the family house. Located in the Kitano Hakubaicho district, one of the 4 original geisha entertainment areas, in the shadow of the Golden temple. Pretty flowers welcome you into our antique bookbinding studio. Lots of letterpress, materials and tools of bookbinding including beautiful Japanese traditional papers are arranged in an interesting and joyful studio atmosphere for hands on workshop.