This is an intensive two-day workshop learning the traditional Japanese art of scroll making. This structure is the oldest form of book in Japan, combining washi (mulberry paper), nori (rice paste) and cloth. Over the two days you will learn the techniques of backing cloth with paper to create book cloth using the urauchi method, alongside the skills to attach sections of paper or prints together to create invisible, seamless pages stretching for meters, bound with silk ribbon. The materials used for the scroll are all archival and sourced in Japan. The traditional processes taught on this workshop will allow you to use these skills in contemporary book arts projects. This workshop is being hosted exclusively for Centre for Fine Print Research.
You can expect to leave the workshop with a beautiful cloth bound scroll with lacquered wooden ends containing several meters of mulberry paper pages and the skills and confidence to make more scrolls in the future at home. This course is ideally suited to those with some book making experience, however all the basic methods of Japanese binding will be covered.
Day One: We will see examples of scrolls and discuss the process, beginning with learning the useful skill of preparing nori paste and honing the urauchi method of backing cloth with paper. We will saw the wooden dowels and prepare them for attaching lacquered ends, head and tail. We will create the bishi, the tail of Japanese paper that attaches the pages to the dowel.
Day Two: We will attach a decorative paper to the back of the silk (the endpaper), a thin bamboo rod and thread the silk ribbon through the cover. We will then learn the technique to attach each page to one another to form the body of the scroll and to the bishi. To complete the scroll, we will use nori paste to attach the cloth cover to the pages.
About: Lucy May Schofield
Lucy May Schofield studied Japanese printmaking and paper making techniques whilst living in Japan for 2 years. She regularly returns to exhibit and attend residencies, last year completing the upper advanced training programme at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory near Mt.Fuji. Lucy has taught book arts and printmaking nationally for over 12 years and regularly runs introductory workshops as well as masterclasses. She makes books and prints, exhibiting her work internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections from the Tate to Yale Centre for British Art. She was the 2020 recipient of the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking from WYPW. She is currently based in rural Northumberland.
The course price includes all materials and catering.
Courses will be held at UWE Bristol. The course is limited to a maximum of 6 participants, please sign up early to secure your place.