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Rosemaling Swedish Dalmalning and Introduction to Coptic Book Binding Project taught by Julie Anderson and Sue Bjerke

April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT


In line with recommendations from the MDH, Wet Paint will be postponing/rescheduling all classes and events. Please call 651-698-6431 for updates

Saturdays, April 18 and 25th

Join for both sessions, or take them separately!

Click here to register for both sessions! FEE:$130 (includes all book binding materials)

Week One: Rosemaling Swedish Dalmalning Style

Saturday, April 18th 10-3pm  with lunch break

FEE:  $69

Week Two: Coptic Book Binding

Saturday, April 25  10-1pm

FEE: $80

These 2 stand alone classes can be taken together to make the complete project.

Dalmalning, also referred to as Kurbits painting originated in Dalarna Sweden.  In week one class,  we will talk about history, the painting style and paint a design on 4”X6” wooden book cover.

In week two, participants will bind the painted cover into a book by learning the classic Coptic stitch; two-needle technique.  The Coptic binding makes a journal that opens flat for ease in use.  This historical binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt.  Adapting the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, a chain or link stitch was used to bind the sections and covers together. This binding technique was used throughout the Islamic world and Eastern Christendom (Europe), and is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today.

If you have ever wanted to paint or do bookbinding, this is the class for you.  No prior painting or bookbinding experience is required.  Painting will be done with acrylic paint and details added with liner brush or acrylic paint pens.  Students will make one book in class and go home with a second set of blank wooden covers and the binding needles required to make a second book.

When you register for class, you will specify if you will be taking both classes or only one.

Week 1: Basic painting skills and adding details with a liner brush or acrylic paint pens.

Week 2: Classic Coptic stitch two-needle technique to create a book with wooden covers.

About Sue Bjerke

Artist’s statement:

Wood carving and book arts are slow processes in a fast world.  The pleasure I find in the forms, the tools, and the materials of these arts is a real and tactile connection with the artists of past generations.  An additional satisfaction is in preserving these art forms for our present age.  My years in both areas have been satisfying and rewarding.  After learning about historical book structures I was delighted to combine book making and wood carving, two areas of art I’ve come to love.


Currently a member and community faculty person at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Ms. Bjerke has been teaching classes in various book binding structures for thirteen-plus years.  Her book arts interests also include decorative paper techniques, particularly marbling, and using those papers in original design cartonnage; hand marbled papers are used to cover decorative containers and other structures made of book board.  Her marbled papers are also used in book binding as end papers and on covers.

Ms. Bjerke has been carving for 30+ years in various styles – relief, in-the-round, human and animal forms, acanthus, chip carving.  She has taught all of these styles in a number of settings; Community Education programs in the Twin Cities area, Woodcraft Inc. local classes, classes sponsored by MN Wood Carver’s Assn., and in private tutoring.  As a member and former president of the Minnesota Wood Carver’s Assn, Metro Chapter, she served that organization on their board and also as education chair for approximately 20 years. Ms. Bjerke is also a member of the National Wood Carver’s Assn.

Ms. Bjerke has combined her additional interest in book arts with wood carving, producing various replicas of historical book structures particularly using wooden covers in a chip carved Coptic binding style, and eaching this in various places.  She is also pursuing an interest in the historical Scandinavian decorative painting called Rosemaling and applying it to book making.  Kolrosing is another form of traditional decoration for wooden ware that has become of interest for use in wooden book covers.


April 18, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
Event Category:


Wet Paint