Coptic Bookbinding Class

Learn Coptic bookbinding at this hands-on workshop in Sydney


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (5)

4 hours Class size 1 to 8     label $150

Looking for unique Sydney activities? Learn the art of bookbinding with Isabelle McGowan and create a beautiful Coptic binding.

During this class, we'll focus on the Coptic stitch, sewing a pleated style pattern along the spine.

This ancient binding evolved around the fourth century and is one of the earliest forms of sewing pages together.

Over five hours, you'll learn to sew two Coptic books. One on decorated covered boards and one with beautiful wooden boards specially made for this workshop.


Knowledge required
No experience necessary, but the workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected.
 
What you'll get
  • All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery, along with self-serve tea, coffee and biscuits.
  • Toasted sandwiches can be pre-ordered for lunch.
What to bring
Pack your own lunch if you prefer, though there are cafes nearby and a food truck at the venue.
 

Isabelle McGowan adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.

See additional precautions taken   

Covid Update for 18th August 2021 -
The Bindery is registered as a Covid Safe Business through nsw.gov.au. Currently we are only running classes online.
Location

Owl and Lion Bindery - 75 Mary Street, St Peters NSW

Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

Florence-trained Bookbinder now based in Sydney with over 10 years teaching experience

5.0 (5)

Make Books!

Isabelle McGowan is a Florence-trained Bookbinder working through her Bindery, the Owl & Lion.

She specialises in Historical Repair and Restoration of Books, Fine Bindings and Traditional Gold Finishing.

Isabelle completed her Fine Arts Degree (Drawing and Painting, Printmaking) at the Edinburgh College of Art, in Scotland. She went on to train as a Bookbinder in Florence, Italy.

The original Owl and Lion Bindery was situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland.

In late 2017, Isabelle and the Owl and Lion Bindery relocated to Sydney, Australia.
Visit the Owl and Lion Bindery - we are a vibrant bindery based in the heart of Sydney.
We run the largest programme of bookbinding classes in Australia. If you want to learn to make books that folds, flaps and flips, or traditional books from scratch, we are the place to be!

This year we have programmed a series of exciting online workshops, with all things relating to the craft of bookbinding. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your bookbinding journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is now based in Sydney, Australia.
WE ARE LOCATED AT:
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

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