Summer Intensive - Bookbinding and Boxmaking, July 18 to 21, with Anne Covell

 bookartsla summer intensive

Our summer intensive is a unique opportunity to develop new binding skills or refine technique through a series of bindings including the single and multi-needle Coptic, drumleaf, and flat-back traditional case. The four-day workshop will also cover boxmaking through the construction of a drop-spine box, also known as a clamshell. Students who enroll in all 4 classes will receive a discount (the fee is $500 for the full complement of workshops, the cost would be $620 if you took each one separately). Intensive students also receive a discount on the supplies fees.

bookartsla coptic binding


The series starts off with Two Coptic Structures on Thursday, July 18. The Coptic binding is a method of multi-section sewing dating to the 2nd Century that was developed by early Christians in Egypt known as the Copts. They were traditionally sewn into papyrus cartonnages that were board stiff and covered in leather and decorated with elaborate Coptic endbands. In this workshop we will create two modern adaptations, a hardcover multi-needle Coptic binding sewn through bookcloth covered boards with decorative inset windows, as well as a single needle softcover variation sewn through a handmade paper case. Both structures are highly customizable and function well as blank journals and sketchbooks.

bookartsla drumleaf binding

Friday, July 19, we will cover the Drum Leaf Binding. This is an ideal structure for featuring photographs, prints, or drawings that span the spread of a book. In this binding, individual folios are folded, stacked, and glued at the spine and fore-edge. There is no sewing to interrupt the images. The spine remains flexible, allowing open pages to lay flat. This is an excellent workshop to refine your binding techniques; both a Japanese paper spine and a hard cover will be completed.

book artsla summer intensive flat back binding

On Saturday, July 20 we will tackle the traditional Flat Back Case Binding. This is a traditional style of binding most commonly referred to as a hard back book. Building on sewing and binding structures from previous sessions, students will revisit the fundamentals of textblock preparation and sewing, basic endband decoration, case construction, and casing in. Design options in case binding styles, featuring a half and quarter cover will also be discussed.

We end the intensive with the perfect finishing touch. A drop spine box; an ideal place to store your new books or a collection of photos, postcards, letters.

bookartsla drop spine clamshell box

Discussion during the intensive will center on materials and best practices in a bindery setting, and students can expect to leave this course with a greater understanding of skills and mechanics required to create handbound books and boxes from scratch.

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