Paper Box Set
Instructor Susan Joy Share

Virtual Workshop
Thursday May 27, 2021
6 to 8:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are
Class limit: 12

In this workshop you will learn to fold collapsible rectangular paper boxes and incorporate them into an accordion book with a wrap-around cover. These boxes may be containers for images and text, other book forms, and treasured items. We’ll also will look at several simple closures. Materials include text & card weight papers and common adhesives. This is a nice opportunity to explore your paper collection... or to start one.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone (


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $65, 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 $65 as your guide and go from there.


Tablet or computer with internet connection • Bone folder or other folding/scoring tool • Metal edge ruler or right triangle • Pencil • X-acto or other cutting tool • Cutting matt or cardboard • Scissors • Adhesive: gluestick & white glue (e.g. PVA, Arlene’s), OR double-sided tape • plus the following papers:

• 10-12 sheets of 8.5” x 8.5” text weight paper squares for folding boxes. (These can be solid, patterned or a combination)

• 1-2 heavy text or light card weight paper strips for accordion, (grain short) 5.75” high x 24” wide, OR several 5.75” high strips we can join together

• A strip of heavier card weight paper for the cover folder, (grain short) 6” high x 12” wide or longer

• A few extra sheets of 8.5” x 11” text weight paper


Susan Joy Share is a visual artist, bookbinder and performer. She has exhibited, performed, and taught across the US. She had a solo exhibition at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in 2013 that included a performance at the 500-seat University Theater. Share has taught at many institutions including Penland School in North Carolina, Anderson Ranch in Colorado, and Haystack Mountain School in Maine. She has received Rasmuson Foundation (AK) and Center for Book Arts (NYC) Fellowships and is in collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as well as the Jaffe Collection.