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Beginning Bookbinding: Sewing the Coptic Book w/ DEREK BACCHUS

June 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This class enrollment is closed! The Coptic book is a beautiful exposed-spine structure that has ancient historic beginnings. It is a non-adhesive book that features a chain-linked stitch, hard covers that allow it to open 360º like a carousel, lays flat when opened, and uses only paper, a single needle, thread and boards. This is the first book (codex) structure invented after the use of papyrus scrolls in Mediterranean antiquity. Created by the early Christians in Egypt during the 2nd Century CE, the Copts advanced bookmaking with the use of wooden covers and, progressively, papyrus, parchment, and paper as the writing surface. We will also use wooden covers, but they will have been custom-designed and laser-cut in a modern woodshop exclusively for this class (the envy of ancient scribes!). Come and enjoy this unique workshop!

Beginners expected!


$45, $36 OHCA members. Materials fee $10




Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Chief Product Officer and Publisher at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont-Aven School of Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.

Members, please enter coupon code MEMBER upon checkout to receive your membership discount.

Beginners welcome.


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June 12, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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