Folding All The Accordions

with Mary Leikvold
Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18; 6–8pm CT

Accordion folds make up the foundation for countless structures in bookmaking. In this hands-on, virtual workshop, learn the basic accordion fold and explore all the ways that simple structure can be expanded and elaborated upon. Instruction will include the basic accordion fold with variations, pocket and double pocket accordions, a floating accordion with covers, a map fold, a maze book, and a blizzard book. Examples of each structure will be shared and discussion will include possible uses for the books and ideas for generating content. Participants will come away with a collection of engaging structures and a new set of skills to continue to develop their own structures after the workshop. The skills learned in this workshop will serve as the basis for further exploration in the art of folding and in the book arts generally. Some experience with folding or making books is helpful but not required.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A or B; fulfills Core binding requirement

$135/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$70 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list).

Please note: Registration closes 3/30 at midnight (CT).