Concertina Variations:
Concertina-Crown Binding
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Saturday August 7, 2021
10 AM to 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time (there will be breaks)
From wherever you are
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for two weeks after the workshop)
Class limit: 15

The concertina spine (an accordion of narrow folds) can be combined with other techniques to create some useful and interesting forms. This workshop will start with folding concertinas for accuracy, then move to the construction of a concertina-crown binding—a non-adhesive compound binding with a lovely, pleated spine and semi-rigid covers. This structure, while made with a concertina, operates like a codex and does not stretch out like an accordion. It was used on Stephanie’s book about the Beaufort wind scale created during her 2015 JCBA Salzberg Residency. We will finish with an examination of some other ways to use the concertina and the crown, building on the information covered. Measurements to make a small set of other concertina models after class will be provided. The concertina-crown binding model will serve as reference for future work. Participants should have solid basic bookbinding skills to get the most out of the workshop.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone ( John will send you an email explaining how to pay your tuition online. It's a simple process.


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $145, but your tuition is Self-Determined. Our goal is to make this workshop experience accessible. If your personal financial situation is difficult right now, pay what you can. If you can afford to pay more, we deeply appreciate that. Use our suggested tuition of $145 as your guide and go from there.


Tablet or computer with Internet connection, plus the supplies and materials listed here in this PDF document.


Stephanie Wolff with paper, text, textile, and the book form, with projects that explore themes of weather, history, and rural life, among other topics. Her artists' books are held in public and private collections, have been exhibited in the United States and Germany, and won awards. As a longtime teacher of book arts, she enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. She has been a Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.