Two Book Structures: Nested Accordion Pop-Up and Scrolling Codex

Instructors Peter & Donna Thomas

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Tuition Schedule:
$55 general public
$45 FAU faculty & staff and students from other institutions
$35 FAU students

JCBA Paper Lab at Historic T6

This workshop will explore the exciting world of artists' books. Participants will be given instruction in basic book arts techniques while making two small format books. The first is an accordion book with a unique nested pop up accordion fold structure that was developed by Peter & Donna Thomas. This binding has a second accordion that weaves in and out of the first. The second book is a scrolling case bound book. This structure, also created by Peter & Donna Thomas, features a wooden framework holding a scroll housed in a paper covered case binding.

Advanced students may have time to put text in their books and will want to come prepared with a short four to ten word quote to work with. All materials will be provided, but students may want to bring their own papers to substitute for those provided. This will be fun and informative workshop and you'll go home with two completed books.


Peter & Donna Thomas, authors of More Making Books by Hand and 1000 Artists’ Books, are book artists, papermakers, and letterpress printers who write, illustrate, and bind their own books. Since 1977 they have produced over 125 limited edition books and over 300 one-of-a-kind artists' books, which can be found in collections around the globe, including FAU's Jaffe Collection. They are active in the leadership of the Miniature Book Society and the Friends of Dard Hunter. They reside in Santa Cruz, California, but since 2010 have been traveling around the USA as the Wandering Book Artists in their homebuilt Gypsy Wagon Bookmobile.