I was invited to teach Creative Accordion Books at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA this past weekend. Only two participants had ever made accordion books previously – so we had a fun time exploring the basics of the accordion fold, adding creative techniques to the pages and making the covers. In this day and age when the printed word is becoming more and more obsolete it is important to hold onto these age-old traditions and crafts. The beauty of holding a hand bound book, turning the luxurious paper pages and admiring the quality of craftsmanship should never go out of style.
A couple quotes from participants:
“Though I’ve taken classes in bookmaking and have made quite a few different types of books, I learned at least 5 new techniques yesterday. I’d say that’s good teaching! Your workshop more than met my goals and I really had a good time.”
” your class on Sat was well-organized, carefully presented and that your assistance to class members through-out the workshop most helpful.”
Thank you all! I had a great time as well and so happy to share these techniques!
Below are instructions to make your own accordion book and photos of participants books in progress. Techniques we explored were creating windows, sewn in pages, creative collage and pockets. Enjoy!