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Bookbinding – Coptic & Japanese binding


Duration: 1 day

Price: £70

Run by: Xtina Lamb
at Medway Fine Printmakers

INTRA, 337 - 341 High Street
Rochester
Medway
Kent
ME1 1DA

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About the Course

In this beginner’s class, you will learn two decorative ways of sewing a book, Coptic and Japanese.

Coptic binding is an ancient technique originating in Egypt; the sewing on the spine of the book is exposed and the book lies completely flat when opened, unlike conventional case­bound books, making it a good choice of binding for sketchbooks.

The Japanese technique is useful for binding single sheets. The basic stitch is very simple but there are variations that are slightly more complex and look very decorative. We will use decorative patterned paper to make covers and you can experiment with different colour threads.

A lovely way to spend a creative day learning a new skill, or perhaps to celebrate a paper wedding anniversary.

This class is lead by Alexandra Czinczel, a London ­based artist who makes books and animations. Her books are entirely handmade and include screen printing, rubber stamp, letterpress and inkjet printing as well as pop­up books. Her books are held in the collections of University College London, University of the West of England and Winchester School of Art.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included but you can bring your own decorative papers or single sheets that need binding if you have some. You will go home with at least two beautiful finished books.

Free hot drinks are available through the day, and there are nice cafes close by for lunch.



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Course Start Dates

Sunday 28th April 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners

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