Small Paper, Long Accordions
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Thursday May 13, 2021
6 to 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are
Class limit: 15

Accordion books are great structures for exhibitions, as content can be revealed all at once without having a viewer handle the work. But large paper can be a challenge to find or to print on. This workshop covers the basic accordion form, methods of using small paper to create long accordions (and the benefits of doing so), along with a handful of ways to join strips of any length together. We’ll discuss some of the challenges when working with the accordion form, and some work-arounds and opportunities these limitations present. Participants will complete a set of models to serve as inspiration and reference for future projects.


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 $50, 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 $50 as your guide and go from there.


• Tablet or computer with internet connection • Scissors • X-acto knife and cutting mat • Metal ruler • Glue stick • Bone folder (optional, but useful) • Awl • Brass bar stock 1/4” and 1/2” x 12” (optional) or C-Thru gridded ruler 2” x 12” (optional) • Right triangle (optional) • Pencil

Plus these Materials:

• 20-30 sheets 8.5 x 11” card stock, any colors, these will be cut down (instructions for cutting this paper will be sent prior to the workshop)
• 10 sheets 8.5 x 11” copy weight paper, any colors/patterns
• 2 sheets of medium to heavy Japanese tissue (such as Okawara or mulberry) OR origami paper OR copy paper. Each piece should be at least 5” high and 5” wide, or it can be a single larger piece. We will cut strips from this.
• tape of some kind: white artists, scotch, blue masking, etc.
• scrap paper for gluing


Stephanie Wolff works 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.