Japanese Paper Dyeing, Bookbinding & Box-making

Over 5 amazing days with internationally renowned artist Lucy May Schofield this workshop offers the unique experience of combining Japanese paper dyeing, bookbinding and box-making. Learning the techniques to dye papers using suminagashi (Japanese marbling) and Orizome (resist dyeing) to include them as the covers for 5 different Toji binding styles, (four hole, five hole, noble, tortoise shell and hemp leaf) housed within a Hako Chitsu (wrap around box).

price £440 / £420*
date 27 Jun, 2024 - 01 Jul, 2024
times 10.30am-4.30pm
duration 5 days

Using authentic Japanese papers, (washi), and authentic vintage fabrics sourced from Japan, this course provides the opportunity to create a selection of the strongest, most elegant and practical bindings for printmakers and artists’ working with the book form and the skills to construct boxes in the future. 

Course tutor

Lucy May Schofield

"Lucy is visual artist working in collaboration with expansive landscapes and dark skies. She charts the seasonal shifts through performative interplays and expanded print. These take place during the yearly solstices and equinoxes. Her residencies in remote places have offered opportunities to observe the ways in which time behaves. Reflecting on our place in the cosmos and the phases of the moon have inspired a dialogue with the temporal and transient nature of our impermanence. A graduate of London College of Printing she was awarded a one-year residency with Visual Arts in Rural Communities in rural Northumberland, where she is still currently based. She has attended many residencies in Japan, Italy, Iceland and the US. Lucy was elected as an Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Her work has been presented at The Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, 3331 Arts Chiyoda Tokyo and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London. Her work is held in public and private collections including Tate Britain, The Ashmolean Museum and Yale Centre for British Art. In 2021 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust grant to develop her practice and was the winner of the Flourish Award for excellence in printmaking in 2020. She is a member of the Mokuhanga Sisters collective, an international collaborative group formed of nine artists across four continents, exploring contemporary mokuhanga techniques and exhibiting together globally. " LMS website

how to join

In order to book please enquire about availablility for the desired course. Please send an email or give a ring stating the required course and date.

0161 743 3111

Enquire about a course

We are happy to answer any questions on the phone but here are some commonly asked questions and answers below.

Do I need to be experienced to come on a course?

No experience necessary! Some courses are specifically designed for beginners; such as Introduction to Screenprint, Print or Letterpress, Painterly Screen-printing or The Art of Etching. Other courses such as Mokuhanga, Screen-printing with Natural Dyes or Photopolymer Printing are more tailored to those with some previous experience. However, if in doubt phone us to discuss.

How do I book a place on a course?

The best way to book a place is to phone us on 0161 743 3111. Our courses book up so quickly that we can be answering the phone all day whilst e-mails may take more time to get through every enquiry and still need us to phone or e-mail you back. We are a friendly bunch and can answer any of your questions when you ring to book.

Do you take a deposit to reserve a place?

No sorry, we are a small team and don't have capacity to have multiple systems in place. We only confirm bookings on full receipt of payment

What materials do I need to bring?

Nothing! We provide all materials for courses. All we need you to bring is some inspiration and clothes you don't mind getting ink on. (In Winter it is best to dress up warm too.) You will receive an introduction letter letting you know what to prepare, such as drawings, photos, photocopies, collected images, and what size you can expect to work to.

Is food provided?

If you are on a day or weekend course please bring your own food. In our small kitchen we have tea, coffee, milk, and sugar and an urn as well as a microwave. The Co-op and Sainsburys are both nearby and we have the luxury of a couple of cafes nearby now with fancy coffee.

Do you have disabled access?

We are limited in our access, with the workshop situated on the first floor and no lifts. We purchased the building in 2017 with the aim to expand and create a fully accessible facility. Unfortunately our ambitions have been set back by covid and other challenges. We are still trying to get full funding to develop the building further and be fully accessible.

Do you have any teacher training courses?

We have Wednesday evening specific CPD teacher training sessions situated under short courses or please email our education officer on education@hotbedpress.org for the details of our latest courses or to discuss bespoke courses.

Come And Join Us

We welcome new members all year round. Anyone can join. You need a little bit of experience; but that can be from doing one of our weekend or evening courses, after which you can carry on and practice what you've learnt on the course. We've got a few types of membership to suit your purse or your time. Just g to our Membership section for more details.