Bookbinding – Coptic & Japanese Binding

coptic2022 dates:
Please contact us to request this class.

10.30am – 5.30pm
Suitable for adults.
Class size 8 max.

In this beginner’s class led by artist Alex Czinczel, you will learn two decorative ways of sewing a book, Coptic and Japanese.

Coptic binding is an ancient technique originating in Egypt; the sewing on the spine of the book is exposed and the book lies completely flat when opened, unlike conventional case­bound books, making it a good choice of binding for sketchbooks.

The Japanese technique is useful for binding single sheets. The basic stitch is very simple but there are variations that are slightly more complex and look very decorative. We will use decorative patterned paper to make covers and you can experiment with different colour threads.Japanese-binding2-crop

All materials are included but you can bring your own decorative papers or single sheets that need binding if you have some. You will go home with at least two beautiful finished books.

Your tutor

Alexandra Czinczel is a London ­based artist who makes books and animations. Her books are entirely handmade and include screen printing, rubber stamp, letterpress and inkjet printing as well as pop­up books. Her books are held in the collections of University College London, University of the West of England and Winchester School of Art. She currently teaches pop­up books and bookbinding at Central St. Martins and Morley College in London and was awarded an MA Fine Art (Printmaking) at Camberwell College after studying BA Graphic Design at Central St. Martins.


Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking if we can fill your place, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.