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Jody Alexander Book Binding Wabi-Sabi Presentation

Jody Alexander Book Binding Wabi-Sabi Presentation – Free, Friday, Sept 15

Are you a Lover of wabi-sabi aesthetics and books? Then please attend the Jody Alexander Book Binding Wabi-Sabi Presentation at the Blue & White store on Friday, September 15th from 14:00.  At this Free presentation, you can learn about Jody’s  passion and beautiful work.  See how one can incorporate washi (Japanese paper) and fabrics into beautiful book binding.  The presentation will be in English with Japanese translation. Blue & White is located on the 2nd floor, 2-9-2 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

Jody Alexander Book Binding WabiSabi Presentation – Free, Friday, Jody Alexander Book Binding Wabi-Sabi PresentationSept 15

Jody is in town from California to speak at the new exhibit entitled Musubu: Book and Art: Tokyo: California: Urawa at the Urawa Art Museum, Urawa-ku, Saitama, Japan running from September 12th – 24th, 2017.  Details on this exhibit are below.

Jody AlexanderJody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian, and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles. She combines these books with found objects to create sculptural works. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. She also likes to rescue discarded books and give them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, and sculptural objects. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and has taught book arts at San Francisco Center for the Book, The Center for the Book in New York City and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists, 500 Handmade Books (Vol. I & II), and 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art.

Visit Wishi Washi Studio Blog for information on in-person and online workshops, exhibits, press, publications and to follow along with Jody’s teaching and exhibiting adventures.


Musubu: Book and Art: Tokyo: California: Urawa at the Urawa Art Museum, Urawa-ku, Saitama, Japan running from September 12th – 24th, 2017

When choosing the artists to represent the United States we looked for artists who were active members of the book arts community in the San Francisco Bay Area who created pieces that incorporate innovative book structures with strong content, possess solid craftsmanship, and a creative use of materials. Each artist also actively exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area, and many exhibit nationally and internationally. They are also professors and teachers of the book arts at local colleges, universities, and art centers. In a sense it is a “dream team!” If you are familiar with the book arts world you will see what I mean when you read this list of participating US artists:  Rhiannon Alpers, Elizabeth Boyne, Macy Chadwick, Lucy Childs, Marie Dern and Danielle Giudici Wallis, Casey Gardner, Alisa Golden, Jennie Hinchcliff, Charles Hobson, Lisa Kokin, Bryan Kring, Hedi Kyle, Howard Munson, Penny Nii, Felicia Rice, Judith Serebrin, Larry Van Velzer and Peggy Gotthold of Foolscap Press, Katherine Venturelli, Kenneth Wilkes, and co-curators Hisako Nakazawa and Jody Alexander.

Members of the Tokyo Bookbinding Club who are participating are: Yoko Bato, Keiko Fujii, Michiko Fujita, Sinki Fukuda, Mari Hatano, Fumiko Ichida, Masumi Inayama, Junko Inque, Hisako Kawashima, Rie Kondo, Yukari Kunii, Ikuko Nakajima, Hiroko Nakano, Amu Nakao, Eiko Nakao, Kunie Ogoshi, Maki Sato, Katsuyuko Sawada, Ariko Shibata, Keiko Suzuki, Yoko Taguchi, Hiroe Takahashi, Akiko Tsumura, Maya Yamashita.

Hisako Nakazawa, the brainchild of the exhibit, is one of the founding members of the Tokyo Bookbinding Club, and she currently lives in California. She was interested in having the book artists living in these different parts of the world, that also have very active book arts communities, share their work with one another. Keiko Fujii is a member of the Tokyo Bookbinding Club and is also a co-curator of the exhibit along with Akiko Takiguchi who is a curator at the Urawa Art Museum.


Jody Alexander Book Binding WabiSabi Presentation – Free, Friday, Sept 15


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One comment

  1. Fantastic Lauren !
    You researched it and present it so much more voluminously than I !
    Thank you !
    I met Jody by chance at the flea market in Tomioka Hachiman this morning and she is natural and intuitive and has instinctive good taste.
    I felt an instant bond.
    Thank you for spreading the good news about her presentation on the 15th.
    See you then..
    And I am getting hooked on Best Living Japan !
    Glad to be part of it.

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