Threading Paper: Intro to Pamphlet Stitch, Online Class with Chang Yuchen

Join artist and instructor Chang Yuchen in a two-day workshop dedicated to the pamphlet stitch bookbinding method.

This class will take place across two sessions:

Tuesday, December 15, 10am-12pm EDT

Thursday, December 17, 10am-12pm EDT

This workshop will cover 3-hole pamphlet, 5 hole pamphlet, as well as several advanced variations. Participants will explore both the structural and aesthetic possibilities of pamphlet stitch, and gradually be guided towards creative and playful improvisations. Examples of artists’ books using related techniques will be shown to demonstrate the versatile usage of pamphlets — customized for specific projects, and integrated with specific concepts.

Students should have the following materials:

project 1:

– 20 sheets of text weight paper, 8.5 x 11 in (letter size)

– 2 sheets of cover weight paper, 8.5 x 11 in (letter size)

– 1 sheet of cover weight paper, 5.5 x 12 in

project 2:

– 1 sheet of cover weight paper, 17 x 5.5 inch, short grain (the grain direction is parallel to the short side of the paper)

– 15 sheets of text weight paper, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, short grain (the grain direction is parallel to the short side of the paper)

and tools:

– bone folder, or a butter knife

– exacto knife, or snap-off blade knife

– cutting mat

– pencil

– ruler

– awl, or a pushpin

– thread

– needle

– 2 binder clips

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, Assembly Room and among others.

All images provided courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.