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Program name: Coptic Binding
Program category: History
Visual Arts- Crafts
Visual Arts- Other
Program length: 3 hrs
Audience level: Adult
Audience size: 20 max, 10-15 ideal
Program description: Learn how to bind books in the oldest style known to date- Coptic Binding! Coptic books are sewn in a style that leave the sewing exposed, making them not only beautiful to look at, but also enabling them to lay completely flat for superior functionality. This ancient form of bookbinding, which originated in Northeast Africa, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. Prerequisite: Previous bookbinding experience. The class is taught in steps, with the teacher displaying and explaining the step for the class and answering questions, and then breaking out into 'Do-It-Yourself (DIY)' times when the attendees perform the step on their own. During the DIY times, the teacher takes questions and helps anyone who needs individual help. Handouts explaining each step (with diagrams) are included for the attendees to reference throughout the program and take home. This program is taught by a professional book artist versed in both traditional and modern styles of bookbinding and book preservation. Students also benefit from the opportunity to work with traditional, handmade papers from Asia- in modern and traditional colors and patterns.
Space/special requirements: Closed room for the program with tables and chairs for students and one for the teacher (standing/bar height if possible) at the front of the room. Required to have had a previous bookbinding class at the library, and ideally attendees who hand bound a book before. Otherwise, this program can still be offered but it would have to be a very long weekend program, at least 5 hours in length.
Travel restrictions: See 'additional information about fees'
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Workshop costs are calculated based on the binding materials needed, (leather, paper, etc.), equipment and tool upkeep, workshop handouts, reasonable travel time, and an hourly rate for teaching the workshop, among other variables. Some workshops require more expensive materials, such as leather, artist papers, or specialized tools, which dictates varying price points for similar length workshops. This workshop requires extensive handouts to explain the binding style, as well as specialized tools and materials (special papers). Locations within a 15 mile radius of Amityville, NY, have travel time included in the workshop price. Distances greater than 15 miles will have a dollar added per each additional mile, roundtrip. For example, if a location is 20 miles from Amityville, there will be an additional $10 travel fee added to the workshop total for the extra 5 miles to and from the location.
Other notes: This workshop could also work for teens and young adults 16+, or be broken into two workshops to include more steps for the attendees to learn bookbinding skills.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Long Island
Program last updated: 07/11/2017
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: Arielle Hessler
Phone: 6312910912
Mailing address:
Amityville, NY 11701
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Stony Brook University Libraries Preservation Department, Presentation sponsored by LILRC Preservation Committee
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 07/23/2018


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