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Bookbinding – Coptic & Japanese binding

Japanese binding

Duration: 1 day

Price: £70

Contact: Xtina Lamb at Medway Fine Printmakers CIC

INTRA, 337 - 341 High Street
Rochester, Medway

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Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

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.

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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 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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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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