Japanese Book-making & Box-making.

20th – 24th August, 2018
Tutor: Lucy May Schofield
Course Fee: £360

Last few places available

We are delighted to welcome back Lucy May Schofield to our visiting tutor line-up for 2018. We've been trying to pin her down since she was last here in 2016, when she taught book and box making and Mokahanga printmaking in just 1 week! The feedback was that it would be great to get her back to spend a whole week on each subject. Even though it has taken two years to deliver, we are thrilled to be offering back to back weeks with Lucy May. Enjoy!

This week-long workshop is an opportunity to learn both Japanese book binding and Japanese box making. Over the course of the week you will learn the skills to make a selection of 6 different binding styles orToji:(Four hole - Chinese, Five hole - Korean, Noble, Tortoise Shell, Hemp Leaf and Accordion) housed within a  Hako Chitsu, a stunning fold-down Box complete with bone clasps.


Inspired by traditional Japanese printed papers, you will spend a day experimenting with making your own hand-dyed Orizome papersa technique of folding mulberry paper to create a resist before dip-dyeing the samples in an array of inks. It is hoped that some of these papers will go on to form the covers of your bindings throughout the week, alongside some authentic Chiyogami and Mulberry washi papers. Using a selection of fabrics, you will learn the unique skills to line silks and other cloths to create your very own durable book-cloth to be used for creating your bespoke box to house the 6 books.

This exclusive course will give you the opportunity to create a selection of the strongest, most elegant and practical bindings for artists’ working with the book form as well as a beautiful way to present and protect them in a stunning box, providing the techniques to continue making beautiful books and boxes well in the future.


All courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. All materials and equipment are supplied, with a simple lunch provided daily. It is important to wear old clothes as art is a messy business. Outdoor, waterproof clothing is essential is you are signing up for an outdoor-based course. Be prepared and dress for the Highland weather, expect sun and rain, four seasons have been experienced in one day!