Here’s a look at my prep for a two-day workshop teaching the construction of the Chinese Thread Book.
The last time I taught this workshop, in the bindery at the Met, the participants brought in papers from their own collection (many of which they had decorated themselves) or used pieces from the bindery’s ample collection of decorative papers. This time around I am bringing papers to supplement what people might bring. What I’ve done is created designs for papers that fit the boxes that we’ll be making. What this means is the design on the papers will actually guide many of the folds.
I’m also printing the designs on to the paper in such a way that they can be cut out without doing any measuring.
There are too many variations of the Chinese Thread Book that can be readily consumed in two days of teaching, but I want to be able to offer more to the people who may want more. I know that there will be at least one person in the class who has already been folding this structure, so I want to be able to teach, as an extra, the flower top box to anyone who want to learn it.
This flower top box is extraordinarily lovely. I could write a whole post about it, but that would be silly because Cathryn Miller has already written the most wonderful post I can imagine about it. She provides links, her own set of hand drawn instructions, and lots of photos: Cathryn Millers post on Flower Top Box.
Since Cathryn wrote the post, what I can add to the conversation is the video:
Through a stroke of great luck, I had a having the perfect visitor this past weekend who was able to test drive this video tutorial for me.
For my own future reference, here’s the list that I sent for the participants:
My own list of what to bring:
PVA in squeeze bottles, double sided tape, papers, scissors, rotary trimmers, cutting mats, wax paper, weights, measurement paper for marking thirds, pencil, pamphlet making supplies, bone folder,velcro, utility knife, rulers, Ruth Smith’s books, and Zhen Xian Bao models.
That’s about it.
Many thanks to my helper this weekend: The marvelous Susan Joy Share!
The lovely flowers here came along with Ed Hutchins and Steve Warren, but the fellows left before we thought of taking a photo, so the flowers are their stand in.
Now, time to finish packing.