I gave a star tunnel book demonstration at Word Festival in Vancouver.
I presented a bookmaking workshop at Word Vancouver between 3-4pm at the table of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.
Participants decorated their book using the logo of the festival. The book that says “Family Fun” really sums up the experience at this wonderfully literary festival.
If you missed the workshop, check out my tutorial.
I had a table at the Vancouver Comics Arts Festival (VanCAF) at the Roundhouse this week-end (May 23-24) to promote Old Pond Comics.
It was my first time at VanCAF as a vendor. It’s a curated show (meaning they carefully review each submissions and decide who gets to go in) so I was super happy to be accepted as a fellow cartoonist.
Many people recognized the word “Haiku” from something they’ve learned in school, years ago and stopped by to chat and buy some haiku-comics.
A few people recognized my comic strips from the monthly publication The Bulletin: a journal of Japanese Canadian Community, history + culture
Thanks to everybody who stopped by the table! I hope you will try to write haiku.
Suminagashi (“ink floating” or “flowing ink paper”) is the earliest form of Japanese marbling that originated over a 1,000 years ago. Today I attended the 3-hour suminagashi workshop offered by Candace Thayer-Coe in partnership with CBBAG Lower mainland.
The tools are pretty simple. You need a suminagashi marbling kit, rice paper, brushes, big shallow water containers, a piece of plywood.
The technique is pretty simple. Holding two brushes filled with two different colours, you dip the tip of the brush on the water surface, one hand after the other. The ink creates a circle that floats on water. And you keep alternating hands, in a continuous motion. It’s very meditative.
One you’ve done enough circles and the surface is filled with ink, you can either place a piece of paper right away to lift the design.
Or you could chose to modify the design by:
- blowing gently on it
- using a fan
- or using a piece of your hair to drag the ink.
The hair technique quickly became our favorite methods and was well worth the ‘hair sacrifice’ and the pain from pulling one’s hair.
What surprised us the most was how quickly the design would change. We were creating circles until we were satisfied with the design.
But by the time you came back from getting a sheet of rice paper, the design was completely different. The circles had expanded to create marbling shapes.
The transformation was part of the process. We just had to accept it.
The teacher gave us a frame so we could display our artwork.
It was a fun afternoon. Considering a marbling kit cost less than $20, I would probably do some again.
Here are more photos from the class:
Would you like to learn how to make an accordion book with a cover like this? Then, just follow this simple tutorial. It only takes 15 minutes to make one!
- Cardstock (for the cover): 9cm X 17cm
- Construction paper (for the pages): 9X12 in
- Ribbon: 1/8mm works well.
- Glue stick
Let’s get started.
1. Position your construction paper like this. Measure and draw a line at 3 inches mark.
2. Fold the page to the 3 inches mark. You made a first crease.
3. Fold the page to the 3 inch crease. Your paper now has 2 creases.
4. Fold the paper in half like this. This is the result.
5. Fold the bottom to the middle crease. This is the result.
6. Fold the top to the middle crease. This is the result.
6. Position your paper like this. Fold the two sides to the middle.
7. This is the result. Squeeze the paper so the middle crease does a mountain fold. The result should be a “W”.
8. Here’s another view of the accordion fold you should have now.
9. Position your paper like this. Draw a thin line (illustrated here by a strip of paper) over three or the four squares in opposite direction. Here, on the first row, we are cutting square 2-4 ; on the second row, we are cutting 1-3.
10. Cut each line (do not cut the last square!!!). This is the result.
11. Start folding the book. If you folded correctly. The book should fold itself. (Now can you see why they call this a maze book?)
12. You’ll end up with a square of paper. Hold the middle of the package. If you end up with a “bird” with two flaps like this, you folded correctly. The flaps will be the end paper of your book.
13. Take your cover (9X17cm). Measure a ribbon 3 times the lenght of the book (3X17cm).
14. Apply a line of glue in the centr eof the book, lenghtwise. Go to the very edge. Position your book. Glue the top page (this will be your end paper).
15. Now glue the other flap. Your book is finished!
16. Tie the ribbon. You are now ready to decorate your book with collage or rubber stamps. For example on how to decorate your book see this blog post:
Sakura Days Japan Fair Bookmaking workshop.
On April 11 and April 12, 2015, between 2-3pm, I gave a bookmaking workshop at Sakura Days Japan Fair, as part of the activities in the Leith Wheeler Haiku House. The event took place in the glasshouse of the Van Dusen Garden.
I showed about 30 people each day how to make a maze book with a cover tied by a ribbon. Then, participants decorated their book with collage using Japanese paper and rubber stamps. It was so much fun!
Missed the class? Here’s a tutorial.
Amy Poehler’s memoir is described as “A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haiku from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers (…)” (jacket)
Haiku? Yes, haiku!
The media made a big deal out of the Plastic Surgery Haiku that appear in the book. Although they occupy only two pages out of 329 pages memoir, the haiku written in 5-7-5 syllables were mentioned in pretty much all the book reviews:
Requires a good amount
Of lying to friends
— Amy Poehler
I have to admit the haiku do stand out, with their red text over black pages.
The book is printed in full colors, which is really rare in the publishing industry because of the high cost of color printing, but color was necessary as the book includes not only photos but also many memorabilia (such as those you would usually find in a scrapbook) which are spread throughout the book: handwritten notes from high school notebooks, school report card, lists, tips, poems, e-mails, and photos from her career at improv, SNL, and Parks and Recreation and, of course, two pages of haiku!
Hey, shooting poison
In your face does not keep you
From turning fifty
— Amy Poehler
I have to say I was more intrigued by the memorabilia – lists, e-mails, and the haiku – than the storytelling chapters themselves. This book seems to cater to the multitasking, easily distracted mind of the 21st century reader who likes to skim more than they like to read.
I especially enjoyed the big, bold, colourful quotes that preceded each chapter. Spread over two pages, these quotes resembled internet meme:
Short people do not like to be picked up.
I wonder if that’s what the book of the future would look like: a gathering of memorabilia, quotes, haiku, and lists that would catch your attention, like any shiny thing on the internet, and four-page chapters that nobody would read because the haiku were the best part anyway AND the only thing people will remember and quote from your book.