About the Course
On this ten week course you will design your own Coptic-bound journal using woodblocks as book covers.
For the first five weeks Japanese woodcut tutor Carol Wilhide Justin will teach you how to design, cut and print Japanese woodcuts using watercolour pigments and rice paste: a method first popularised during the Japanese Edo period. These prints will form illustrations for each of the sections of your journal.
Then for the remaining five weeks Bookbinding tutor Alex Czinczel will show you how to turn your actual woodblocks into book covers and make up to eight sections for your journal sewing them in the traditional way to form a unique book.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Understand the key concepts behind Japanese Woodcut
Work from drawings to design woodcut and make colour separations, learn how to handle cutting tools with confidence
Learn how to make delicate nuanced prints using watercolour, nori and hand pressure
Stretch, trim and fold prints ready for bookbinding
Learn how to cut and trim book paper accurately to make 'signatures'
Handle drill to make holes in woodcut for covers
Sew 'signatures' to woodcut book covers
Develop skills, personal visual language and critical decision making
Engage in group crits, demonstrations around technique, artists' work and other students' work
Be able to follow instructions, ask for clarification if necessary and develop autonomy in your making.
Class format and activities
The course is divided into two sections: for the first 4/5 weeks you will be making Japanese Woodcut prints for your coptic book. You will be cutting 4
woodblocks to enable you to print a 4 colour separation print that can be varied for each of your six 'signatures'.
For the second half of the course you will be preparing your 'signatures' using your Japanese Woodcut prints and blank paper, drilling holes in your
woodcuts to form covers for your book and sewing them all together.
Time permitting we will also be making a slipcover for your coptic book.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
You do not need previous bookbinding experience. This class is great for anyone looking to explore their ideas through the medium of artists' books.
What you need to know before you enrol
Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and wherever necessary subsequently. Please ensure that you will be able to attend all
the classes as it may be difficult to catch up particularly as the woodcuts themselves will be used for covers, all the prints will have to have been finished.
What you will need for your class
Most materials will be available for the class. It is a good idea to bring your own pencil, eraser and a notebook for taking notes.
For the class it would be great if you can come with some SIMPLE graphic ideas that you might like to work up into woodcut, eg patterns and shapes.
What you can do next
You might like to continue in this class in Term 3, VBB020C or join any of our other Bookbinding, Printmaking class or Japanese Woodcut classes. Please talk to your tutors about possible progression routes and other courses you could take.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.