Sew It Up! Coptic Stitch Binding Workshop

We • Do Weekend Design Opportunity 2015

Date_ 23 May 2015 (Saturday)
Time_ 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Venue_ Room V315, 3/F, The Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon
Workshop_ Sew It Up: Coptic Stitch Binding Workshop
Tutor_ Chan Hei Shing
Student_ S3-S5 or Grades 9-11 students. Max 30 students per workshop
Medium of Instruction_ Cantonese supplemented by English

Coptic Binding is a very old-styled book-binding method, originally the process was used by early Christians in Egypt (the Copts) some 2000 years ago and hence its name. A Coptic stitch style binding is one that does not use any glues and where the signature stitching are generally exposed or left completely open thus allowing flexibility without sacrificing strength. Coptic stitched books generally allow the book to be opened up flat without weakening the spine or signatures. The signature designs are normally left exposed on a chain stitch binding, many book binders decide to inject their own personal flare into the spine designs which can result in some very attractive looking books.

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[Photos taken by Tiffany Lau, PolyU Design]

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Hei Shing
chanheishing@gmail.com

書就是… A Book is…


一片紙不但表現時間,也表現空間。而一片片的紙張組合起來的書就是一個高深的容器,盛滿文字,既能從中不斷汲取智慧,又能裝入無限的智慧。

A piece of paper reflects not only time but also space. Books are formed by binding papers together to become containers of words that serve as a reservoir as well as a spring of wisdom.

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