Historical replicas of the Egyptian Coptic Book, 2nd - 11th
century A.D., will be on display at Elgin Community College until
Friday, March 14. The display is located on the second floor of the
Building C Renner Academic Library, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
Connie Orbeta, professor of graphic design, created the
historical replicas with found objects, bird skulls, mica, and
distressed wood. The early Christians in Egypt, the "Copts" were
the proponents of the first true binding of codices using multiple
signatures. The Christians in Northern and Eastern Africa used this
type of book structure to distinguish themselves from the Jews who
continued to use the scroll. The Coptic book structure, which was
used for the binding of religious transcripts, subsequently spread
to Islamic and Eastern Orthodox cultures.
The replicas at ECC include unique stitching to create works
that appear to be centuries old or uniquely contemporary. The
covers are wooden; the pages are hand milled paper sewn with linen
thread and each features an exposed binding and headband. Several
artistic books based on the Coptic book structure using the
traditional methods of bookbinding are also on display.
For more information contact: Connie Orbeta, professor of
graphic design, at 847-214-7755.