Clever Coptic Bookbinding - Cairns

23mar10:00 am1:30 pmClever Coptic Bookbinding - CairnsArtist and Artsworkers Workshop


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 1:30 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


Cairns Court House Gallery

38 Abbott St

Event Details

10am – 1:30pm Saturday 23rd March

Join Cairns-based contemporary artist and arts educator Rose Rigley and learn the fundamentals of bookbinding. Participants (14yrs+) will be guided to create an A5 hand-made, open-bound book using the Coptic stitch binding method. Each participant will craft one unique book, learning how to create pages, make covers, layout signatures, and techniques for binding.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Use traditional binding equipment
  • Create sections and hand sew the book block using single-needle Coptic stitch
  • Create an open-bound hard cover book
  • Work with adhesives and decorative papers to create individual outcomes

This is a fast-paced workshop, with some pre-preparation provided. Rudimentary skills in measuring, cutting, and stitching are beneficial, but not essential.

What to bring

Flying Arts Alliance recommends having note taking materials on hand. Any specific paper, natural fabrics, ribbons, or recycled artwork to create a unique finished product is optional.


Cairns Court House Gallery 38 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870.

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Additional Information

Your facilitator:

Rose Rigley is part of artist collective Sixold Project. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows at a regional, national and international level. Her artist books have won both minor and major art awards. After studying bookbinding at the Centre of Book Arts, New York, and undertaking a mentorship with specialist book artist Adele Outteridge, Rose can now create a book structure in more than 40 different ways.