L’esprit d’escalier Accordion Book

with Sarah Nguyen
Wednesday, July 17; 4:30–6:30pm CT

L’esprit d’escalier or ‘staircase wit’ is a French term used in English for the predicament of thinking of the perfect reply too late. In this virtual workshop, create a hardcover pop-up accordion book that is pocket-sized, ideal for writing down those perfect comebacks. Learn how to fold an accordion book, practice folding and scoring techniques, and explore paper grain. Gain experience wrapping hardcover boards with decorative paper, attaching them to a book, and a method to dry your book flat.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 2 hours, Category A or D

$45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee*
$23 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee*
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.
*Includes shipping (available within the continental US only)

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 materials 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). This workshop also includes a materials kit that the teaching artist will ship to the address provided at registration (paid for by the materials fee*).

Please note: Registration closes 7/2 at midnight (CT).