Coptic, February 7-8

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Saturday - Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM
February 7th - 8th
$100 + $30 materials fee

Coptic bindings date from as early as the 4th century and are the earliest known examples of books with folded pages. This binding style is perfect for sketchbooks, guest books and journals, as the book opens flat for easy writing. During this 2-day course, students will learn about proper binding techniques, wise tool choices, how to select appropriate materials and the history of this remarkable structure. All materials and tools will be provided. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary. Students will create 2 Coptic bindings. 8 spots available.

About the instructor: Margot Ecke is the owner of Smokey Road Press, a design, letterpress and bookbinding studio in Athens, Georgia. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Cornell University. She received a Professional Printing Certificate from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and completed her training by earning her Diploma in Bookbinding at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. Margot was the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York from 2004-2006, where she interned at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, the North Bennet Street School and the Ink Shop. She was an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of Georgia from 2006-2009. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

About the press: Smokey Road Press is located in the Leather’s Building, just two blocks from beautiful downtown Athens, Georgia. Housed in a former sheet metal fabrication warehouse that has been recently and lovingly renovated, the press offers a fully equipped bindery and letterpress shop. We hold classes in letterpress printing, bookbinding and calligraphy. We also have a retail shop, which sells printed cards, hand-bound books and artwork as well as materials and tools needed for working with paper. The press has 2 large Heidelberg Windmills, 5 Chandler and Price presses, a Charles Brand etching press, and 3 Vandercooks. Our bindery is equipped with a guillotine, a Kutrimmer board shear, a variety of book presses, a Rosback perforator and a large iron standing press.

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