February 25th, 11-4 (Registration deadline: Feb 21) at Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
Coptic book binding was employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD. It creates a beautiful pattern running along the exposed spine of the book. Students will learn basics mechanics of a book, how to use binding tools and will leave with a their own coptic bound book (4 needle coptic structure with plexiglass cover). Basic materials and tools will be provided, but the student is encouraged to bring their own personalized or decorative paper. Handouts and various examples of book structures will be provided. A $30 materials fee (included in price) covers bone folder, awl, waxed linen thread, and binders needles, all of which students may keep after class , as well as paper, plexiglass and handouts for the book construction
Instructor: Desiree Hagen is a multidisciplined artist who has lived in Homer for the last nine years. In 2016, she was awarded a individual artists’ award from the Rasmuson foundation for a paper making and natural dyemaking project utilizing invasive and native alaskan plants. Her love of papermaking naturally lead to an exploration of bookbinding, printmaking and artists books which she has studied independently and at various craft schools across the country. She dreams of one day having a paper making and letterpress printing studio in Homer, both to practice her craft and bring her love of book arts to the community. In an increasing digital world, she believes in the power of the book and printed word to change the world. Viva la revolución!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for this class means that you have read and accept Homer Folk School's policies on refunds, media releases and liability waivers.