This past week I’ve been playing with accordion book structures and in particular those from Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books:100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms. This book is a really comprehensive guide to many different book structures and I’d highly recommend it if you’ve dabbled in bookmaking before and want to expand your knowledge. It’s particularly good if you’re interested in creating artists’ books.
An accordion book is a good beginning book structure because it teaches students the importance of paper grain and it requires accuracy when measuring, cutting and folding paper. But it’s also a really versatile structure that can be re-invented in dozens of different ways and I come back to it again and again.
This is book number 29 in my 50 Book Project – a triple accordion book with a hard cover wrapped in black book cloth. The outer and inner accordion layers are marbled paper and the middle layer is vellum.
The three accordion layers are sewn together in the valley folds with waxed linen thread, which you can see in photo below.
I used a piece of embroidery floss to tie the book together and decorated the cover with three 1″ squares of the left over marbled paper.
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