Japan: Book Shaping and Visual Ideas
Daniel Heyman (Faculty, RISD Printmaking)
Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima
3 weeks: June 5-26, 2017
3 studio Credits, RISD Printmaking
The course will introduce Japanese book arts and paper mounting techniques, and students will realize numerous books and paperworks that will then hold their visual ideas created while exploring contemporary Japanese culture through visits to historically sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima. The course begins with a 4-day workshop in Tokyo run by Japanese book and paper craft artists at Ml-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory). Students will be making several variations on Japanese stab bindings and scroll mountings. The class will then move to Kyoto, where students will be in residence at Kyoto-Seika University, and the group will have access to Seika's resources and the extraordinary accumulation of important cultural sites, art and craft museums, markets in Kyoto region. The trip to Kansai region will be the backdrop for contemplating how a modern society integrates ancient traditions and past history. Research will take the form of drawing from observation as well as collection of digital images and gathering of local materials from which a new series of books will be created. Students will be expected to experiment with book forms and materials creating new objects, whether books or simply related to books that express the observations gathered in the field. Ideas of sequencing, size, repetition, texture, image and the use of materials will be introduced and discussed.
Cost: $5,600 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, localtransportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).