Coptic-style book binding is one of the oldest methods of book binding. It was used in Egypt as early as the 2nd century by early Christians, who were known as Copts. Today the Coptic method is often used by artists to create one-of-a-kind handmade books which can be used as sketchbooks, journals, or for any other book art. Coptic style books are noted for being able to lay open completely flat without risking damaging the spine.
In Introduction to Coptic-Style Book Binding, a 5 session evening course offered by The Smithsonian Associates, students are taught hands-on how to make Coptic-bound books.The great thing about this method of book binding is that it can be easily replicated at home. No adhesive is used; pages are stitched together and the spine is left exposed, giving the book a simple and elegant look. Students are given the opportunity to explore various binding materials, such as hand-made papers and creative cover choices.
Instructor Katie Wagner is a book artist and conservator who also works for Smithsonian Libraries.
Register for Introduction to Coptic-Style Book Binding
Wed., Feb. 16-March 16, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.