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Korean Bookmaking Extended with Steph Rue

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What will you learn?

In this two-session workshop, students will learn about the history, techniques, tools, and materials of Korean bookbinding. In the first session, students will learn how to line hanji using wheat paste to make thick book cover paper. Students will have a week to work on lining their paper with more layers in preparation for the second session. During the second session, students will learn about finishing techniques like waxing and burnishing and have the option to treat their cover papers in preparation for bookbinding. Students will prepare textblocks by binding folded sheets together with paper cords to create an inner binding, and then finally sew the prepared covers to these text blocks to make a five-hole side-stitch book. 


This is a make-along workshop, though students are welcome to watch the demos and ask questions during the sessions and make their projects at a later time. Students will have access to the workshop recordings and can reach out to Steph for questions for 4 weeks after the workshop is over.


Students will receive a kit (US participants only) that includes materials needed to make one book. The kit fee includes materials (paper, board, wheat starch, fabric scraps, thread) plus shipping. No previous bookmaking experience required, though students will need workspace and access to stove/cooking tools and list of supplies below in order to complete the workshop project.

What is the duration of the class? 
This class is two 2 hour-long sessions

Session 1: April 22, 10am-12pm PDT (California) 

Session 2: April 29, 10am-12pm PDT (California)

Instructor: Steph Rue

Note: This class will be recorded and the recording will be available to participants for 4 weeks after the class.

After this, the recording will be made available for purchase via this website.


What is the fee and class size?

The fee for this workshop is $185 + $40 (materials kit - US ONLY). This kit will be shipped out to you before the workshop.

BIPOC Application Period: March 3–10 (winners notified Sat March 11). Fill out the Application Form.
General Registration Opens: Sunday March 12, 9am PDT. Registration closes March 31st.

Space is limited to 12 participants of which 4 spots are reserved for self-identified people of colour.

Please note that the materials kits are available to US-based participants only.

What materials do I need to participate?

After you register, you will receive a complete materials list (along with links) to gather what you need so that you may be
able to follow along in class. 
You have the option of purchasing a materials kit that will be mailed to you (see below).
The material kit is available to US-based participants only. If you choose not to purchase the kit, you will need to gather
these materials on your own in order to follow along in class.


What is in the $40 materials kit? (includes shipping) :

  • Textblock paper (hanji)

  • Colored hanji 

  • White hanji (to line the colored paper)

  • Pieces of board

  • Red thread

  • Fabric for corners

  • Wheat starch

  • Jigs


What do I need to provide on my own? :

For Session 1: 

  • Water bottle mister (something like this)

  • Wide water brush (something like this or this if you want to invest in a nice one; otherwise this or this would work)

  • Wide paste brush (something like this or this if you want to invest in a nice one; otherwise this or this would work)

  • Small paste brush, ~0.5" wide (something like this or one of these is great if you want to invest in a nice one,
    but you could also just use any small, clean brush you have at home)

  • 2 pieces of thin nonfusible interfacing (around 16x20”) (not required but nice to have)

  • Cooked paste (instructions will be sent with kit)

  • For making paste: Stovetop, small cookpot, spatula or wooden spoon/paddle,
    strainer (this is a really nice one but something like this is fine too), distilled water

  • Large tupperware container (for lining paste)

  • Small tupperware container (for thicker paste)

  • 3 large pieces of plexiglas (at least 18x24”) or 1 large plexiglas or smooth formica + large smooth tabletop surface
    that you can work directly on / can get wet / easily wiped down (for paper lining and drying)

  • A couple cloth towels or rags

  • 18" dowel or metal 18" ruler 

  • scrap paper

For Session 2:

  • Prepared cover paper from Session 1

  • Needle with large eye (like this)

  • cutting mat

  • pencil

  • x-acto knife + extra blades

  • 12” ruler

  • Square ruler (like this or this or this)

  • awl

  • bone/teflon folder

  • glue stick

  • scissors

  • mallet/hammer

  • scrap board (to protect table surface during hammering)

  • 2 small binder clips

  • Weight (could be a heavy book)

  • Press board (around 8x10” - or just a flat heavy book)

  • Scrap paper




Large smooth stone for burnishing (can find outside in nature…)

Pre-made wheat paste (just need a tiny amount)

Brush for wheat paste


Carved woodblocks, polymer plates, lino blocks, etc


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