• Saturday, November 14, 2020
  • From 3 pm to 5 pm
  • $45 (Requires registration)
  • Live on Zoom
  • Instructor: Marsha Shaw

The accordion is a flexible book structure with many possibilities and while accordion books are often recognized by their folded pages, they don’t have to be that way. In this workshop students will learn to make an accordion book that uses a Japanese Boro mending stitch. What is so exciting about this structure is that you can work on the pages separately and then bind them together to make a book as long as you want. Students will learn the skills necessary to keep making these books. Written instructions will be provided.

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Tools and where you can get them. Don’t have the tools? The instructor will suggest alternative tools that come right out of your kitchen or garage.

Supplies and where to purchase them

  • Notebook (notes)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or Xacto Knife
  • Pages: 6 postcards, playing cards, business cards or pieces of cardstock- they must all be the same size and orientation, i.e. all landscape or all portrait and card stock weight or heavier. Etsy has ATC cards at a good price and you can find ones with
    rounded corners
  • Book binders Awl (Amazon, Dick Blick,) Don’t have an awl? You can use the following; Thumb tack, sewing needle, Xacto knife or corncob holder. The instructor will demo how to use these.
  • Waxed (or unwaxed) linen thread (I prefer waxed, but either is fine) and embroidery thread and dentil floss will work. (Blick, Amazon, The Caning Shop)
  • Small Binder Clips: Optional but handy (Amazon)
  • Foam Core 8” x 10” (Amazon)
  • Center Finding Ruler Optional but handy (Blick)
  • Small Cutting Mat
  • Lineco Bookbinding needle or any blunt sewing needle that fits your thread. (Blick, Amazon)

About the Artist

Marsha Shaw is a printmaker and book artist living in San Francisco. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Painting from California State University Northridge. Shaw is the studio manager of Mission Grafica, a printmaking studio at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where she teaches printmaking workshops. She has lectured and taught courses in bookmaking, printmaking, design, and color theory at DeAnza Community College, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Richmond Art Center, Museum of Children Art and Mendocino Art Center. Shaw’s work is in several collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Instagram: marshashawart
Website: marshashaw.com
Email: paintingpony@hotmail.com