Workshop – Book Arts for Photographers: Coptic Stitching and Creative Structure

Date(s) - 10/08/2022 - 11/05/2022
Time(s) - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Use your photography to explore the structural side of books! Students in this four-week class will learn how to use bookbinding techniques to reveal photographic narratives. The class will begin with a Coptic binding demo on Day 1. Then students will be given room to explore their own bookmaking interests with the instructor’s guidance. A one-week break at the midpoint gives students ample time for experimentation and construction. By the fourth meeting, students will have created their own handmade books that expresses their personal photographic content. This is an intermediate level class, but a review of binding basics will be provided. An opportunity for a guided pre-class field trip to an artists’ book exhibition will also be scheduled.

Materials List


Tools you’ll need for this demo, and beyond:

  • bonefolder
  • pencil
  • white eraser
  • awl (optional)
  • craft knife (X-Acto, Olfa, etc.)
  • utility knife for cutting bookboard
  • metal ruler
  • self-healing cutting mat

Tools that will be available for you to use:

  • drill
  • drill bit (1/16” or 3/32”)
  • board to protect worksurface

After our first class, you will want:





Royalwood (for waxed thread):



Blick Art Materials: 878 Peachtree St NW (404) 347-9119
Sam Flax: 1495 Northside Drive NW (404) 352-7200
Binders: 3330 Piedmont Rd. NE #18 (404) 237-6331
Binders: Ponce City Market, 650 North Avenue NE (404) 682-6999



French Paper:
Dolphin Papers:
Hiromi Paper:



Kyle, H. (2018). The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. London, England, Laurence King Publishing. ISBN-13: 978178627293
Center for Book Arts.(2019). Bookforms: A Complete to Designing and Crafting Hand-bound Books. Beverly, MA, Rockport Publishers. ISBN-13: 9781631596056
Golden, Alisa. (2011). Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms. New York: Lark Crafts. ISBN-13: 978-1600595875
London Centre for Book Arts. (2017). Making Books: A Guide to Creating Handcrafted Books. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN-13: 9781616896317
Smith, Esther K. (2008). Magic Books & Paper Toys. New York: Potter Craft. ISBN-13: 978-0307407092
Smith, K. (1995). Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 1: Books without Paste or Glue. Rochester, NY: Keith Smith Books, 3rd Edition. ISBN-13: 9780963768209
Zeier, F. (1990). Books, Boxes & Portfolios: Binding, Construct, and Design, Step-by-Step. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN-13: 9780830634835


Cynthia Lollis is a professor of printmaking and book arts in Atlanta. Many of her artists’ books and prints are collaborations with German artist, Daniela Deeg, under the name ETC Press. Collectors of her books and prints are museums, national libraries, academic libraries, and private libraries in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Among other publications, Lollis and Deeg’s collaborative works have been published in the following books, Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists (Lark Books, 2011), Booknesses: Artists’ Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection (University of Johannesburg, 2017), Multiple – Vielseitig, (La Bibliothèque nationale du Luxembourg, 2020).

Web Site: Cynthia Lollis

Book Arts for Photographers:
Coptic Stitching and Creative Structure

Instructor’s Name –  Cynthia Lollis
Date(s) –  October 8, 15, 29, &  November 5, 2022
Time(s) – Saturdays, 11AM – 1PM
Workshop Fee – $175 Members/$225 Non-members

Optional exhibition field trip Saturday, October 1, 2022
Time – TBD

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