Bookbinding is one of the most versatile skills a maker can add to their tool belt. From sketchbooks and diaries to one-of-a-kind gifts and heirloom keepsakes – the possibilities are endless once you know how to Coptic stitch. Designed for beginners who can’t find a needle in a haystack, and those with a little more experience, alike! This class is for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of handmade books, traditional stitching techniques, and the potential of paper! Participants are encouraged to bring along their stashes of sustainable scraps to utilize in the project (ends of old notebooks, saved bits of wrapping paper, string, collage materials, old magazines, stickers, fabric offcuts, used envelopes, old stamps, greeting cards, etc.) If you have been waiting for the perfect moment to reuse all your precious pieces of “zero-waste craftables” – wait no longer, the time has arrived!
About the Artist: Grace Windey is an internationally exhibited, autobiographical artist + maker from Greenville, South Carolina. She has an MA in Jewellery and Metals from the Royal College of Art in London, UK and a BFA in Sculpture from Winthrop University. In her practice as a maker, Grace seeks sustainability through the revitalizing and repurposing of precious scraps, the offcuts of her artistic endeavours, and sentimental trinkets saved over the years.
Requirements: Participants should be 16+ and this workshop is suitable for beginners or those with experience. All materials will be provided, but you may bring along any materials you might like to include to personalize your book. (Note: the project can be made more challenging for those with prior knowledge if necessary).
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