Several weeks ago, I took a Japanese stab binding class with Eriko Hirashima of La Libreria (a workshop space which promotes artists’ books and the book arts in Singapore) at Grey Projects.
Grey Projects, located in Tiong Bahru, is the brainchild of artist Jason Wee. It is an arts space that includes two galleries, a library*, a working studio, and a live-in residence. Their programming focuses on residency and exchange, publication, and exhibition.
Eriko taught the four basic variations of the Japanese stab bind: Kikko Toji (Tortoise Shell Binding), Asa-No-Ha Toji (Hemp Leaf Binding), Koki Toji (Noble Binding) and Yotsume Toji (Four Eye Binding). She is a knowledgable and patient teacher and I enjoyed being her student for an afternoon.
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Eriko’s workshop was held in conjunction with Grey Projects’ next show, Print Lab, which opens tomorrow. The gallery space has been transformed into a giant newsstand and showcases self-published zines and books created by artists, designers, architects, and students.
The publications are created by individuals and collectives with a widely varying amount of experience in book making. The eclectic collection of zines and books, printed in small edition, are also all for sale. Go and be inspired!
* Grey Projects’ library is open to all; in fact, I wrote this post while working there this afternoon! (I also got a sneak peek of Print Lab.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a space.