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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform
Class meets on Wednesdays from 1pm-3:30pm ET.

What happens when you combine historical, Coptic bindings with contemporary craft materials? You get these fun, little book objects! For the bookbinder who loves sculpture, this two part workshop uses Crayola Model Magic, a non-toxic, widely available, and lightweight modeling material, to create three dimensional book covers. Part one of the workshop will cover tips and tricks for working with the modeling material, as well as how to design your book object for success. In part two of the workshop we will learn the two-needle Coptic stitch binding, a traditional and wonderfully adaptable sewing stitch that can be used for many sculptural structures. Previous bookbinding experience is not necessary, but helpful. Students will leave the workshop with a finished three dimensional book object and the skills to make many more!

Supply List

  • Crayola Model Magic – 4 oz. package, any color. Available at Target, Amazon, or your local craft store
  • Card Stock or Cover Weight Paper, for book pages
  • Scrap Card Stock or Cover Weight Paper, for template
  • Linen Thread
  • Wax Paper
  • Optional supplies: acrylic paint, PVA or clear adhesive, blue painter’s tape, sculpting tools


  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • X-Acto or craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • 2 Curved Sewing Needles
  • Optional: Misc. Sculpting tools

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Instructor: Amanda D’Amico

Amanda D'Amico is a book artist working under the imprint Tiny Revolutionary Press in Philadelphia, PA. She is the Master Printer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and teaches in the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program at the University of the Arts, as well as at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She serves on the Boards of the College Book Art Association, the Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library. She is an artist member of the Impractical Laborers in Service of the Speculative Arts, Local AD Shop 215.