Project Description

Named for the centuries-old book-binding technique used by early Christians in Egypt, the Coptic Book was a collaboration with graphic designer Limor Kalif. Limor wanted to present various superstitions and beliefs—such as wearing a red string to ward off evil, and not sitting on the edge of a table to avoid bad luck—in three dimensions. I designed and constructed the book to connect with, and enhance her vision. After mounting her graphic designs on museum board, I laser-cut circles of decreasing size into the pages to give a 3-D effect, rimming the inside of each with fine, red goat leather. Finally, I hand-bound the book with delicate Coptic knots.