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2019 Whidbey Island, Washington State: Binding Time


  • Pacific Northwest Art School 15 NW Birch Street Coupville, wa United States (map)

The diary must have always existed in a primitive form, but the first regularly kept diary of daily reflections dates back to the late Renaissance period, when the importance of individualism began to take hold. During this time, people began to keep commonplace books where assemblages of notes, ideas, inspirations, recipes, and quotes were recorded and kept. In this workshop, we will take inspiration from the historical form of personal record-keeping to create hand-bound books using paper, fabric, inks, natural watercolors, indigo, and hand-stitching. This workshop has been designed to allow participants to create individual pages using both paper and fabric, which we will dip into an indigo vat, draw on using inks and watercolors, and embroider upon using stitched marks invoked by our own breath and bodies. Finally, we will assemble all these elements and use a traditional Japanese stab-binding technique to create the finished book. As we are individuals, the size of each persons work will vary,  depending on what each person desires.