Coptic Bookbinding Workshop - Apr 30 2016


Coptic Bookbinding Workshop - Apr 30 2016


One-day workshop with Kristin Walker
Saturday, April 30, 2016
10 am - 4 pm
$90 plus $35 materials fee
(WhitPrint members: $81 plus $35 materials)

Due to the costs of materials and tools, registration for this workshop will close on Tuesday, April 26 at midnight.

About the Workshop

Coptic Bookbinding is a bookbinding style employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, that dates back from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century AD. Coptic binding is characterized by one or more sections, or signatures, attached to each other with a chain stitch linking across the spine, which creates a hardcover, spineless book, that will lay completely flat when opened.  The combination of artistic and decorative possibilities, and utility, inherent to this binding makes it a very popular choice for artist books, journals, sketchbooks, and more!

In this workshop we will spend the day creating a Coptic bound journal or sketchbook, and will cover a broad range of skills used in bookbinding, including: paper selection and handling, paper grain, signature building, sewing stations, hardcover construction, and Coptic-style sewing techniques. All tools and essential materials will be provided.  Please allow an additional $5-$15 to cover the purchase of decorative paper(s) of your choice for your covers.  Students will be able to take home their tool kit at the end of the workshop.

About the Instructor

Kristin Walker is a local artist and entrepreneur with a deep love of paper, printmaking, and book arts.  Kristin sewed her first Coptic book at the age of seven while taking a workshop with accomplished book artist, Lisa Heller, at her Jackson Hole, Wyoming shop & studio, Fiber & Pulp.  Kristin’s mother encouraged her deep love of, and natural inclination towards paper arts throughout her childhood.  She went on to earn a BFA degree in Multimedia Design & Photography, with emphasis in graphic design & printmaking, from the University of Oregon, in June 2007.

In November 2007, Kristin founded a local letterpress printing and graphic design studio in Eugene called Twin Ravens Press.  When she’s not teaching paper arts or doing commercial or artistic work for Twin Ravens Press, Kristin also enjoys teaching and participating in various forms of social partner dancing (including blues, jazz, lindy hop, and tango), eating spicy food, and cuddling cats.

Reserve Your Spot by April 26

Register and pay in full to reserve your spot in the workshop. To cancel an enrollment, please email You'll receive a 50% refund if your cancellation request is received by April 27.

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