Books Are Rugs, Pages Make Pile

Digitally drawn square image of open books and close ups of their spines.
Chang Yuchen – Books are Rugs, Pages Make Pile
Chang Yuchen speaking into a microphone at a public event.
Chang Yuchen portrait

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Wed, April 28 11:00am–1:00pm ET

Before books, there were long papers (scroll) and stacks of loose sheets (papyrus). It is believed that the earliest binding technique, coptic binding, was originated in Egypt in late antiquity era, and was informed by socks — the stitching on the spine of a coptic book, is done with the same “half-looping” technique that Egyptians knitted socks with. Practical wisdom travels among different crafts, so does feeling and sensitivity.

In this lecture, Yuchen will showcase artists’ books related to textile in their content, material and structure, as well as textile projects influenced by books.

Required Materials

About the Instructor

Chang Yuchen is an artist and educator based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner — writing as weaving, drawing as translation, clothing as portable theater, commerce as everyday revolution. Yuchen was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA, MAD Museum, Offshore, Bananafish Books and Textile Arts Center. She has shown her works/performed at UCCA Dune, Taikwun, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, and Assembly Room, among others.

All images provided courtesy of the instructor.

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