Useful Decor: Stab Binding, an Online Workshop with Chang Yuchen

Learn from artist and instructor Chang Yuchen how to create many different types of stab-binding book structures.

This class will take place across two sessions:

Monday, October 26, 2-4pm EDT

Monday, November 2, 2-4pm EDT

This two-day course will start with 4-hole stab-binding, proceed to nobel stab-binding and end with tortoiseshell stab-binding. In this binding style, stitchings simultaneously serve the utility of fastening pages and the beauty of geometry patterns. Examples of artists’ books using related techniques will be shown to demonstrate further possibilities.

Students should have the following materials:

– 30 sheets textblock paper, preferably the same size (can be copy paper)

– 8 sheets cover paper, the same size as textblock paper

– A bone folder (or a butter knife)

– A knife

– Cutting mat

– A pencil

– A ruler

– An awl (or a pushpin)

– A hammer (or a rock)

– 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 has been 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.