Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding

$ 200.00

September 15th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Monica Holtsclaw
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: September 15th, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 15th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Bookbinding Core Certificate Program

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking.  It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery. Click here to learn more about the Bookbinding Core Certificate Program and find out how you may receive a discount on classes.


Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, we begin at the beginning. This, the first of our Core Bookbinding series, introduces students to the craft with the Coptic stitch, one of the earliest structures in binding. In addition to coming away with a finished book made by hand, students will also be introduced to the tools and terms of bookbinding. Basic practices and equipment will be discussed as students familiarize themselves with both skills and safety measures needed for working in a bindery.

Competencies Gained:

  • Knowledge:

    • Basic vocabulary of bookbinding tools and equipment

    • Basic bindery practices and procedures

    • Understanding paper grain

  • Skills

    • Folding, pressing, piercing, sewing, cutting and gluing

  • Equipment:

    • Board shear, nipping press, hand tools

All paper for SFCB's Core Certificate Program projects has been generously provided by Mohawk.


Materials to Bring: None

Prerequisite: None; optional: Introduction to Bookbinding

Workshop + Materials Fee: $200.00*

*Early Bird Special: Students who sign up for the full workshop series (September-December, 2019) by August 31, 2019 will received a reduced rate of $795.

*Students who sign up for the full workshop series (September-December, 2019) after August 31, 2019 will receive a $100 discount.

Date & Time: Sunday, September 15, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: This workshop will take place at 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.


About the Instructor | Monica Holtsclaw

Monica Holtsclaw holds a Diploma in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a BFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has worked as a bookbinder in private practice and in conservation labs. Her artist books have been featured in Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibitions and can also be found in university collections across the country. She specializes in bookbinding and box making and loves sharing what she has learned with others. Examples of her work can be found at monicaholtsclaw.com).


Past Student Reviews

“Although I have done coptic many times, I learned new ways to improve my books and my teaching. She is a great role model as an instructor.”

“Excellent!!!”

“Class was well paced. Good supplies, tools, and equipment. I liked that time allowed for making multiple colored sheets (for cover). Teacher made time for individual instruction when needed. She gave us many excellent tips on methods, posture when performing certain tasks, tool usage, and sewing.”

“I will recommend this class to friends (and make they get Monica Holtsclaw).”

“Wonderful workshop, well structured. Monica is a great teacher, patient, gave everybody in class attention, answered all questions. Repeated steps when requested.”

“Loved the class!”

“Monica is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and encouraging.”


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375 RHODE ISLAND ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States