Unusual Accordions
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Thursday April 8, 2021
5 to 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are
Class limit: 15

Accordion books are most commonly rectangular, but they can be most any shape. In this workshop we’ll break from the rectangle and fold a spiral accordion, a triangular accordion, and a variation or two of a hexagonal accordion. We’ll discuss covers and wrapper options for these as well. This workshop focuses on the folding of paper to create the accordions. In a second related workshop, "More Unusual Accordions" (scheduled for Thursday June 17), three other forms will be presented: a pentagonal, an octagonal, and a circular/toroidal accordion. Each workshop is stand-alone and can be taken in any order. No advanced math is required.


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


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
• Sharp pencil, mechanical best
• X-acto knife and sharp blade
• Cutting mat
• Scissors
• Metal ruler
• Bonefolder (or a knitting needle or nail file with rounded end for scoring)
• 30-60-90 triangle (metal best so you can cut against, but plastic is fine)
• 45 triangle (metal best so you can cut against, but plastic is fine)
• Awl
• Dividers can be helpful if you have them
• Glue stick
• Scrap paper for gluing
• Copy paper for notes, tests, and drawing
• Card stock and any kind of printer to print out template which will be sent ahead of class


A: (3) sheets 3" x 18-20" paper strip. The grain goes along the 3" dimension, so it folds with ease if folding over to have the short sides meet. You can use anything that folds well and isn't too thick. Sketch paper or 70-80 lb. text weight paper, or 80 lb cover weight that folds well would work.

B: (3) sheets 3" x 14" paper strip. Same grain as in A, but use a text weight paper.

C: (3) sheets 9" x 9" paper or slightly bigger is best, but 8.5" x 8.5" is okay. Paper that is text weight, sketch, light card, or 80 cover should all work.

For some cover options, if there's time:

a: Wrapper and Cover (4) sheets 8.5 x 11” heavy text, light card stock or cover weight (65 or 80 lb)

b: Covers (4) sheets 4 x 4” card stock or cover weight paper or mat board scrap (or can be bigger size)

c: Belt (1) sheet 8.5 x 11 heavy text weight or light card stock


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. www.stephaniewolffstudio.com