Handmade books on display at Prescott Valley Library
Inside the glass bookcases on the ground floor of the Prescott Valley Public Library an array of handmade books greet viewers and patrons. The SeQuence Book Artists of Central Arizona, with a dozen-plus members, has provided a "few" of their works for the exhibit that runs through Dec. 31.
Eleven bookmakers from Prescott Valley, Prescott, Cottonwood and Sedona created the books - all 150 of them.
The SeQuence group has been together for about 12 years, starting with just four members. It meets four times a year in a studio or art space where members conduct workshops on a rotating basis. The leader teaches a different binding style or artistic process each time.
Viewers can see books grouped by binding style - long stitch, accordion, tunnel, drum leaf, star book, zig zag, pop-up, Coptic - in hardbound, softbound, and recycled covers. The Coptic book, with its classic, woven stitchwork, is particularly beautiful.
Two SeQuence members will teach a three-hour workshop making a Coptic-bound book on Saturday morning, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m., in the Crystal Room at the PV Library. Cost is $30 and supplies are included.
Coptic binding has been around since the 2nd Century AD, first used by Egyptian Coptic priests to bind together multiple sections of pages into one book.
Individual books must be handmade, and so today it is the book artists who continue the tradition. Many people, including artists, prefer this type of book as no glue is used in its construction, and every page opens flat.
Most of the books in the exhibit are available for purchase, although they are not easily identified within the display. Those interested may meet with a book artist to find out prices and availability by calling Sid Freeman at 928-772-1767.
The Coptic Stitch Bookbinding class is offered through the PV Parks and Rec Dept., at 928-759-3090.