Late Coptic Structure
This semester I’m taking one elective course, a combined historic structures and fine binding class. Since historic structures are one of my favorite bindings to work on, I’m pretty excited to dive right in. We’ll be covering two models in the first half of the semester, a late coptic model and then a Byzantine model. Here are some in-process photos of my late coptic model.
I forgot to get pictures of the next few steps, but a linen spine lining came next. This was attached with pva/methyl mix and left to dry. After it was completely dry, it was time to sew the endbands. These endbands are much easier than they look….I think they look pretty fancy! They are essential just little loops. Like always, good and consistent tension is the key.
A big part of this structure is the cover design and embellishment. When I first heard that we were doing a late coptic model, I immediately wanted to do something inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. I first learned about this amazing architectural wonder in an Islamic Architectural History course during my undergrad at Florida State. At the time, I remember being awe-struck by the patterning and embellishment, and it’s stayed present in my subconscious just waiting to sneak out in a project.
The next step is to address the colored leather layer that will sit behind the cut out. The colored sketch above shows how the color design will be broken up. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of the piecing process. But basically, here’s the deal….I cut a piece of thin Japanese paper slightly larger than the area of the cutout and then placed this paper on top of my color coded template. Next, I selected three good sized pieces of colored leather and paired them on the Scharf-fix to an even thinness. Then, I cut and pieced them into shapes based on my color-coded template, pasted them out, and adhered them to the Japanese paper, butting the colors up to each other.
We’ll be covering this little guy next week and I can hardly wait to see it all come together!