Behind the Scenes at the DAM

dDIY #11: Make a Stab-Bound Book

As part of every Untitled program, the DAM invites a local creative to come to the museum to find inspiration for a new work. The artists then share their new creations during Untitled in a series called MakeARTtalk. During Untitled #55 (Bound) local, multidisciplinary artist Alicia Bailey found what speaks to her. Drawing from Sutra Box with Covers in the Asian art collection, Alicia made Every Step a Lotus.

While it takes visual cues from Sutra Box with CoversEvery Step a Lotus is a different type of container and holds a different message than its counterpart. Taking into account the theme for Untitled #55 (Bound), Alicia bound a box-like book that incorporates historic facts and observations about the tradition of foot binding in China, both in terms of form and in terms of content. Just as, according to tradition, the ideal bound foot (called a “Golden Lotus”) is one-third the normal length, the size of Alicia’s book is one-third that of the Sutra Box. And the pages of her book include step-by-step instructions for foot-binding, photographic images, x-rays of bound feet, and some example images of the exquisite and elegant shoes that were made for bound feet. As a master book artist, we asked Alicia to share some instructions for an easy bookbinding 101 project.

For dDIY #11 your mission is to create a stab-bound book. Click here for instructions. 

Rose Eason is the coordinator of adult and college programs in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Rose has been at the DAM since 2012 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Mud Woman Rolls On.