2 Day Paper Making & Bookbinding with Poppy Oldham

Over the course of two days (Sunday 4th & Sunday 11th), we invite you to join us to create your own paper, which will be bound together to create an art journal/book. The first session will be to create paper out of recycled pulp and the second to bring together using a binding technique called Japanese Stab Binding.

Spaces are limited due to social distancing so please book early to avoid disappointment. Participants will have their own socially distanced workstation. For our full visitor guidelines click here. If you have any further queries please email [email protected].

One of the many pleasures of making your own paper is the opportunity to incorporate found objects such as pressed flowers, strings, essential oils and text clippings to personalise and decorate your pages. Within the session will be practicing using an at home mold and deckles, along with recycled paper pulp.

The foundational Japanese version of Stab Binding is called Yotsume Toji, which roughly translates to “four holes”. This is the basic Chinese version, while the Korean standard has five holes, a favourable number in Korean Culture. All styles were practiced during the Edo period in Japan and the Qing Dynasty in China. Using an awl, needle and thread, we will be binding together our pages using a decorative stitch.

Both techniques are suitable for everyone, the craft of bookbinding requires a moderate level of dexterity in your hands because of the process of threading the pages together. To support those who need it, assistance from the teacher can be provided to aid with the strength required to use the bookbinding awl to pierce through numerous pages at one time.

Your tutor Poppy is an experienced educator who currently lives and works in North Yorkshire. She is a trained facilitator and not only teaches for the Adult Learning and Skills Service for NYCC but also enjoys sharing her multi-disciplinary practice across the region with local community groups, schools and

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