Unusual Accordions
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Thursday July 8, 2021
10 AM to 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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

Accordion books are most commonly rectangular, but they can be most any shape. In this workshop we’ll break from the rectangle and fold models of 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 and make some if time allows. These forms rely on folding rather than hinging paper. Our focus will be on making models that you can use as reference for making more after the workshop. In the workshop More Unusual Accordions (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). 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 $75, 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 $75 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
• 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
• Glue stick
• Scrap paper for gluing
• Copy paper for notes, tests, and drawing
• A sheet of card stock and any kind of printer to print out template which will be sent ahead of class


A: (1) sheet 3" x 18-20" paper strip. The grain goes parallel to the 3" dimension, so it folds with ease if folding over to have the short sides meet. You can use any paper that folds well and isn't too thick. Sketch paper or 70-80 lb. text weight paper, or 65-80 lb. cover weight that folds well would work.

B: (1) sheet 3" x 14" paper strip. Same grain as paper for A, but use a text weight paper, or something that is more like copier paper than card stock.

C: (1) sheet 9" x 9" paper or slightly bigger is best, but 8.5" x 8.5" is okay. Paper that is text weight, sketchbook drawing paper, light cardstock, or 80 cover weight paper should all work.

D: (1) sheet 2-5/8" x 12" paper. Paper that is text weight, sketchbook drawing paper, or light card stock would all work.


a. Wrapper and Cover (2) sheets 8.5 x 11” heavy text weight paper, light card stock or cover weight (65 or 80 lb)

b. Covers (2) 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