Bookbinding Workshop: Coptic Binding FULL

Saturday Aug. 25, 2012 All Day

Full Cost: $60 ($30 deposit due when registering)

Date and Time: Saturday, August 25th, 12 noon – 5 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Carpenter

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, like bone folders, awls, needles, and thread. This knowledge will allow you to create more books after you leave the class. You will leave with a 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 fill out the registration form below to reserve your place. If you have any questions please 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, unique cover material

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

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