More Bookmaking at Woolf Works!

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Due to popular demand, please join me at Woolf Works, Singapore’s only co-working space for women*, for another series of three bookbinding workshops.

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$20.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

All proceeds from this series will be donated to AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC), Singapore’s only specialized service for women who face sexual assault.

Saturday, September 24, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Coptic Stitched Book!
The Coptic stitch technique is a historic binding using decorative papers and exposed sewing at the spine, and originated in Egypt in the 2nd Century C.E.

Saturday, October 15, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Single Signature Hardcover Book!
The simplest method of binding a single signature codex, or a book bound on one edge, is with a pamphlet stitch. In this class, you will make a hardcover case using book cloth and decorative endpapers.

Saturday, November 12, 2pm – 5pm
Five Fast Bookbinding Techniques!
In this fun and relaxed workshop, participants will become pros at five simple techniques, including glued and sewn books, single sheet and ‘signature’ books, and even an accordion. This is a perfect for class for zine-makers, scrapbookers, and poetry chapbook-makers.

* Workshops are open to all genders, not just women! All workshops to be held at Woolf Works, 19 Carpenter Street, #05-01.

More Bookbinding at Naiise!

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This September, please join me at Naiise, my favorite destination for carefully chosen, well-designed, quality goods across a variety of price points, for another bookbinding workshop.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$40.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

Saturday, September 3, 2pm – 5pm
Five Fast Bookbinding Techniques
In this fun and relaxed workshop, participants will become pros at five simple techniques. This is a perfect for class for the beginner!

Bookbinding at Naiise!

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This August, please join me at Naiise, my favorite destination for carefully chosen, well-designed, quality goods across a variety of price points, for two very special bookbinding workshops.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$40.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

Saturday, August 13, 2pm – 5pm
Bookbinding for Teachers
In this workshop, create classroom-tested book structures that are quick, simple and mess-free. This workshop is designed for Primary School teachers, with methods, techniques, and ideas that may be modified to accommodate other age groups.

Saturday, August 27, 2pm – 5pm
Five Fast Bookbinding Techniques
In this fun and relaxed workshop, participants will become pros at five simple techniques.

Bynd Artisan

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In November, I swung by Bynd Artisan, a retail shop and atelier, way out in Boon Lay. On Saturday, I visited Bynd Artisan’s second atelier in swanky Holland Village.

Winnie Chan, the business’ third generation owner, created Bynd Artisan and launched with a luxury line of stationery. Bynd Artisan ready-to-write collection, a “lifestyle” brand, includes leather-bound journals and leather-crafted office and desk accessories (binders, tablet cases, luggage tags, business card sleeves, etc.).

On display (and for sale) in Holland V. were items from Bynd Artisan‘s newest collaborations—with fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam and calligrapher Joanne Sim.

The Ong Shunmugam x Bynd Artisan capsule collection—nine clutches in two different styles—was just gorgeous! The leather-lined accessories are made with exquisite fabrics are from Shunmugam’s personal collection from Japan, South Korea, India, China, Cambodia, and Indonesia. The clutches cost SG$680 each—which, OMG!—but are so worth gawking at.

Much more affordable was stationery from The Letter J Supply x Bynd Artisan collection. The Letter J Supply‘s founder, Lim, founded her company in January 2014. A designer by trade, she studied calligraphy in New York City. Most recently, she established a full-time studio on Somerset Road.

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At Singapore Tyler Print Institute

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A few weeks go, I taught a “Part 2” of a two-week etching and book arts workshop at Singapore Tyler Print Institute, one of my favorite arts spaces in Singapore. The Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) was established in 2002 under the guidance of the influential American master printer, Kenneth E. Tyler. STPI collaborates with outstanding emerging and recognized artists from around the world to push the technical and aesthetic frontiers of printmaking and paper making.

In Part 1, Senior Printer and Senior Education Officer Tamae Iwasaki introduced students to the fundamentals of etching, a method of making prints from a metal plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised by acid. In Part 2, I guided participants in the production of one-of-a-kind art object, a collaboration between all—the print artist, the book artist (me)—that resulted in a book that exactly represented the content within.

It was a rather experimental collaboration, but I think it was quite a success; the final products were just gorgeous. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again soon!

More Bookmaking at Woolf Works!

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Due to popular demand, please join me at Woolf Works, Singapore’s only co-working space for women*, for another series of four bookbinding workshops.

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants, so register now! All workshops are SG$20.00 per person, which includes a set of professional-quality tools and materials.

All proceeds from this series will be donated to AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC), Singapore’s only specialized service for women who face sexual assault.

Saturday, February 20, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Tacket-Bound Book!
Binding with tackets is one of the oldest and simplest ways to construct a book. In this workshop, make a tacket-bound book, an exposed binding that dates from the 2nd Century. SOLD OUT!

Saturday, March 19, 2pm – 5pm
Make Miniature Books!
A true miniature is less than three inches tall, and miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges for the bookbinder. In this workshop, make two miniature books: an accordion book in a wrapper with a tongue-and-slot enclosure and a sewn book with a ribbon-mounted casing.
 SOLD OUT!

Saturday, April 16, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Travel Journal!
Make a versatile book that goes wherever you go! In this workshop, construct a classic hardcover travel journal with a pen loop, a gusset pocket for memorabilia, and an elastic closure.
 SOLD OUT!

Saturday, May 21, 2pm – 5pm
Make a Drum Leaf-Bound Book!
Looking for an ideal structure a sketchbook? In this workshop, make a sewn board binding, made famous by Gray Frost, which lays flat when open and is durable for journaling and sketching.
 SOLD OUT!

* Workshops are open to all genders, not just women! All workshops to be held at Woolf Works, 176 Joo Chiat Rd, #02-01.