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Thanks to We Are One Japan and Café Frosch, Bound in Japan had an excellent workshop yesterday. We had participants from Japan, Germany, Holland, and Hong Kong who are currently living in Kyoto and Kobe.

It has been fascinating to observe each workshop and the way each person approaches his or her book. The Kyoto workshop may have been the first workshop where everyone adopted paper cutting as her main pictorial expression. Even so, the results were all different and clearly reflected each person’s individuality.

In the beginning it never occurred to me that I was teaching people how to make art. I simply thought that I was introducing people to a new form of art — book art. However, most of the participants are not artists and do not regularly engage in the act of creating. I find myself often talking about the process of art making.

Participants are sometimes frustrated that the reality of their handiwork does not match the image in their minds. I frequently find myself emphasizing that although the workshop is a one-day affair, art usually is not. And that change and evolution is part of what happens as you continue to work on your idea.

So I encourage them to view the workshop as a learning experience and use their newly gained skills to create even better and more satisfying books in the future. I am confident that there are some budding book artists leaving my workshops.

We Are One JapanCafé Frosch の協力をいただき、昨日バウンド・イン・ジャパンのワークショップを京都で開催しました。参加者は日本、ドイツ、オランダ、香港出身で今京都と神戸に住んでいます。