Paired Station Coptic: Online Bookbinding Workshop with Scott McCarney

This workshop with Scott McCarney is an introduction to the oldest and most versatile technique for sewing a codex.

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

Monday, November 2, 11am-1pm EDT

Monday, November 9, 11am-1pm EDT

This two-session workshop is an introduction to the paired-station coptic sewing which is suitable for binding single sheets, folios and/or gathered sections in a single book structure. It is an exposed spine, unsupported sewing that is sturdy, looks cool and allows the book to lie flat.

We 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.

Students should have the following materials:

– 10 pieces of light cardboard (cereal boxes or post cards work well) cut to 3 inches square

– 2 pieces of heavy cardboard (book board or corrugated cardboard or equivalent) cut to 3 inches square for covers

– 8 sheets of text weight paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches (20 or 24 lb. copy paper or equivalent), each folded in half twice to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches

– (optional) 2 sheets of contrasting color text weight paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches (20 or 24 lb. copy paper or equivalent), each folded in half twice to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches for end sections

– 2 sheets of heavy cardboard (book board or corrugated cardboard or equivalent) measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches for covers

– bone folder

– awl

– pencil

– ruler

– needles

– thread (two colors of thread would be good but not a deal breaker)

About the Instructor:

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 artists 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 provided courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.