Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding

Saturday Apr. 9, 2016 noon-5pm

Deposit due at sign-up: $30.00
Full cost of workshop: $60.00

12 noon – 5 pm

In this introduction to bookmaking workshop you will learn how to make a hardcover coptic style binding. We will cover many basics of book binding, including, paper types, folding, paper grain, stitching, as well as important tools such as bone folders, awls, needles and thread. This knowledge will allow you to create more books after you leave the class. We will make covers using paper or cloth, bind a book, and you will leave with your very own finished coptic bound book.

The coptic book is a glueless binding that lies flat when open. This style of book makes for a great sketchbook, journal or artists’ book. This hands-on class will be supplemented with handouts and examples of artists’ books. These will allow us to discuss and explore the possibilities of each form, including content and structural elements.

No previous experience in bookbinding is needed and you do not have to come to class with a specific project in mind. The workshop runs from 12 noon until 5 pm. Space is limited, so reservations and a $30 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $30 to fulfill the full cost of the workshop will be due at the beginning. Please complete the registration form below to reserve your place. If you have any questions e-mail us at or call 920.794.6272.

Materials and tools will be provided: X-acto knife and blades, rulers, bone folders, thread, needles, paper, book binder’s awl, book board, PVA glue and unique cover material. You are welcome to bring your own tools as well.

Stephanie Carpenter makes unique and limited edition books that incorporate letterpress printing and sculptural elements. She graduated with a MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and is assistant director at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

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