In this 3-day workshop, you can learn how to make beautiful handmade paper from pulp using recycled papers, and use this paper to bind your own Japanese yamato-toji books, journals, and albums!
Tuition: $230 + $55 Supply Fee
11/18, 1-5 pm, 11/19, 9-4 pm, 11/20, 9-4 pm
Friday - Sunday
Room: 405 Porteous Building (522 Congress St)
Faculty:Evelyn Wong (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of history, trauma, culture, race, and gender through the lens of personal narratives as well as their Asian American heritage. Materials, text, Western and Chinese imagery and symbolism are ways that Wong discusses the experience of existing between cultures. Her explorations using artist’s books as a conceptual device reference Chinese and Asian American topics, including histories and personal narratives, legends and mythology, as well as culture and traditions.
Wong teaches book arts workshops around Maine and has recently exhibited work at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, the Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, Arizona, Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Residencies include Hewnoaks Artist Colony, The Studios at MASS MoCA and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Artist’s Residency Program. Wong received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and MFA from Maine College of Art. In 2019, she was awarded the Professional Development and Creative Entrepreneurship Grant at Maine College of Art to launch Fireball Bookbindery, where they currently craft hand-bound journals and notebooks inspired by Asian traditions in materials, designs, and book-bindings.
1-4 dry quarts of white and off-white paper scraps (no ink please!), cut, torn, or shredded into 1⁄2”
up to 1” or smaller pieces (can be shredded), soaked in clean water
Apron, bib, or overalls (preferably waterproof)
Waterproof gloves (rubber, latex, nitrile, vinyl, etc.)
Non-hinged mould & deckle between 5” x 7” up to 9” x 12” (a few, limited sizes are available for
2 Large towels (can be old bath towels, must be clean)
11” x 14” up to 16” x 20” sheet of scrap plexiglass, plastic cutting board, or other non-porous
3” or larger Hake brush (preferred) or flat nylon brush
Small container with lid (up to 1 pint volume)
Awl - medium to large
Handheld hole punch - single hole punch, Japanese drill punch, Crop-a-dile hole punch, etc.
Spray mist bottle
Various papers for interior book pages
Dried and pressed flowers, dried seeds
All students + faculty are required to:
We recommend home COVID testing before coming to class.