Paired Station Coptic Binding

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on April 16 and 23, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on April 9th, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual workshop is taught by CBA instructor Scott McCarney.

Paired-station coptic sewing dates from the 5th century CE and is perfect for binding single sheets, folios, and/or gathered sections in a single book structure. It is an exposed spine, unsupported sewing that is sturdy and allows the book to lie flat.

Students will be making two books: a single sheet sample with card pages and one of folded and gathered sections. Once these have been mastered, the techniques can be combined to make books of an infinite variety of sections and materials. No previous bookbinding experience required!

Fun Fact: There are countless variations on the paired-station coptic sewing technique, including Ethiopian Codices and Byzantine Bindings.

Required Materials:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Cutting Tool and ruler
  • Needle and thread

More detailed materials lists will be provided in the email sent upon registration.

About Scott McCarney

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural and site-specific installation. His bookworks can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others. His work is shown internationally (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia; Baku, Azerbaijan) as well as closer to home (Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY). His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artist’s books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America. He recently concluded 16 years of teaching in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

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