Saturday, April 10, 2010
Katherine McCanless Ruffin
Book Arts Lab, 4th Floor Clapp Library
Coptic binding, developed in Egypt in the 4th century CE, is one of the oldest codex structures, and is sewn with a linking stitch that creates an elegant exposed sewing along the spine. The flexibility of the structure allows the book to open flat at each page, making it an excellent choice for journals and sketchbooks. Workshop participants learn how to prepare cover boards, fold signatures, punch sewing stations, and sew. Papers from decorated papers or hand papermaking workshops can be incorporated into this workshop.
Katherine McCanless Ruffin is the Book Arts Program Director at Wellesley College. Katherine holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Fine Arts in the Book Arts from the University of Alabama, where she studied the history and arts of the book, including the disciplines of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and hand papermaking.