Coptic Bookbinding with Carole King
17th March 2019
Coptic bound books are constructed with decorative chain stitching across the spine which open flat when laid on a table. A little looser than a casebound book this allows for the addition of photographs or pictures to be added at a later date, without stressing the spine.
We will be making an A5 book (portrait orientation) containing around 160 writing or drawing surfaces of good quality cartridge, maybe adding some coloured or patterned sheets to create dividers and all contained within hard covers. The hardback covers are decorated from a choice of hand printed papers.
Bookbinder Carole King has been working using paint and printmaking with stitch, collage and combinations of techniques to convey her ideas. Using up trial prints and samples inspired some of her first books, quickly followed by prints especially designed to cover books and later ‘artists books’ constructed around a theme. From her rural stone barn studio she works through a wide variety of media including painting, printmaking and bookbinding. Her artists’ books include tunnel books, coptic bound and casebound hardbacks.