Coptic Book Binding with Natalie Stopka at the Textile Arts Center | Sweet Paul Makerie

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Coptic Book Binding with Natalie Stopka at the Textile Arts Center | Sweet Paul Makerie

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SUNDAY, APRIL 9 : AFTERNOON

Developed in 4th century Egypt, Coptic books have beautiful linked stitches that stretch across the spine and open flat, perfect for a sketchbook or journal. In this class, students will learn the basics of coptic binding through creating a small book.


SKILL LEVEL

No experience necessary.


MATERIALS TO BRING

Students are invited to bring decorative papers they would like to use for their book's cover.


MATERIALS PROVIDED

basic book binding materials .
. scissors .

. decorative paper .
. embroidery floss .
. bone folders .

. book binding needles .


ABOUT NATALIE

I am a process-driven artist. Drawing on diverse textile and bookbinding techniques I create unique objects, utilitarian or purely artistic. In my exploration of historical fiber arts, I seek to refresh half-forgotten methods such as embroidery, fabric marbling, mordant patterning, and the fermentation of natural dyes. This approach brings a complex, ever-evolving vocabulary of texture and surface patterning to the work I create. My freelance studio is based in Manhattan, but I also spend time in upstate New York growing and foraging natural dyes. I teach workshops on a variety of textile and book techniques at the Textile Arts Center and other regional continuing education centers.


CONTACT

nataliestopka.com