Japanese Stab-Bound Books

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 in Book Arts

As we near the end of my semester here in Florence, that means finishing time for projects. The most recent artwork I finished was a set of four Japanese stab-bound books for Printmaking & Book Arts. Each book displays a different traditional stab-binding technique.

The covers for the books are monotype prints I cut in half. Monotype is a unique type of printmaking for which ink is applied to a sheet of glass or plastic and then run through the press—and each print is unique, as you must “re-paint” the sheet for the next print. For the covers, I experimented with different methods of applying/removing the ink to create non-representative abstract designs which lend themselves well to book covers.

The books measure 21x15cm.