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Coptic Binding and History

Weekend Studio Arts Workshop

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00EB
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$55 - Member
$65 - Non-Member
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By Katie Platte

NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, May 20, 2022.

The nearly 2,000-year-old art of Coptic stich binding is still used in contemporary book binding. Artists favor the technique, which results in an exposed spine and pages that lay flat when the books are open, allowing for easier drawing or writing.

Create a Coptic-bound journal and learn about Coptic language, literature, and book culture in the context of late ancient and early medieval Egypt (ca. 200 –1000 A.D.). Everyday materials are used for books with simple covers and a decorative chain-stitched spine. Decorative covers require pre-class preparation. Instructions are provided on a PDF.  

This class is perfect for beginners who are interested in art, history, and bookbinding.

This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.

Other Information

  • The instructors are Elizabeth Platte and Katie Platte.
  • One 3-hour session
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.

Patron Information

  • All Studio Arts classes require a ticket for each participant so that the instructor can provide individual attention to every student listed on the roster.
  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
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This online program is presented on Zoom.