Why (Not) Paper Books? – Bookbinding Workshop: Saddle Stitch with Thread

deTour 2021


S414, 4/F, Block A, PMQ (4 Dec)
S512, 5/F, Block A, PMQ (5 Dec)
4 Dec - 1500-1600, 1700-1800 (Registration deadline: 3 Dec 2359)
5 Dec - 1530-1630, 1700-1800 (Registration deadline: 4 Dec 2359)
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We live in a world that is losing “touch”, a world of diminishing physical contact. In such a time, how do we judge the value and usefulness of material objects? Even books are undergoing an existential crisis: can we read only via digital devices? Can paper books really be replaced by e-books? What’s the value of paper books?

To answer these questions, this workshop takes us on a detour into history to understand how books are made. Basic book-making knowledge will be shared, including the characteristics of paper and different binding methods, tools and materials. Participants will have the opportunity to try bookbinding techniques, such as “saddle stitch with thread”. The course is designed for those who are interested in bookbinding handicraft and independent publishing.

mmmmor studio

Wai Lun HSU and Lai Ping SO work extensively as a collective on artistic projects and co-founded mmmmor studio. Both graduated in HKBU Academy of Visual Arts, Hsu later received his Master Degree in Artistic Research at Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK), The Netherlands; and So received her Master Degree in Gutenberg Intermedia from the Hochschule Mainz, Germany.


The artist duo draws inspiration from their own observations on historical and social events; for some years now, they have also been paying a great deal of attention on exploring the use of books and printed matters as forms of artistic approach.


They published artist books and zines, including “dok dat dap dap” (2021), “The Rise of Modern China” (2018) and “Bookbinding Mini Lexicon”(2018). Since 2013, they have been collaborating with book publishers, educational institutes, individual artists and cultural organisations.