Apr 13, 2024


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR 97365

The Layered Accordion
One Day Workshop led by Connie Stricks

Registration: $150
Materials fee: $30
Skill level: Intermediate

Part of the 2024 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival (Celebrating our 27th year!)

This small but elegant book structure is a combination of simple devices – accordion folds, windows, and the pamphlet stitch. It is constructed in layers and woven together, giving it visual and sculptural complexity. Your choice of collaged additions provides personal imagery. Cover boards, wrapped with paper, complete the project. The model constructed at the beginning of class will provide the basis for understanding the mechanics of the structure and becomes a reference for the second book and for using this structure for future projects.

This one-day workshop is one of many offered as part of the 2024 Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival. To attend, click below to register for the festival, and select this workshop when prompted…

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Materials Provided by Instructor:
Board, double-sided adhesive tape and sheets, needle, paper, piercing board, PVA glue, waxed linen thread

Materials Provided by Student:
Awl, bone folder or Teflon folder, cutting mat with grid (18” x 24”), fine line pencil and eraser, glue sheets, scoring tool, rulers (two 2” x 18”; one 3” or 3.5” x 18” – plastic quilters’ rulers are recommended), small needle-nose pliers, steel measuring rules*, X-acto knife or utility knife and extra blades. (*It will be more challenging to make this structure without these. They can be ordered from Volcano Arts: They are very helpful tools to have for any bookwork. Brass folding strips (12”) will also work if you have them, but are more expensive.)



Connie Stricks studied art history with additional courses in metal smithing and book arts. She has worked with paper in various ways for over 25 years and been making book structures since being introduced to them by Margo Klass in 2009. She has given workshops at The Folk School and Northwoods Book Arts Guild in Fairbanks, AK and the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival in Newport, OR. Her work has been in group and two-person shows within Alaska and outside the state

Newport Visual Arts Center

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