Altering the Page

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Thurs, Aug 5th, 10:00am–12:00pm ET

In this online workshop, students will learn about sequencing, layering and folding to arrive at your pages that will, in turn, be assembled to become part of an accordion book created with your unique designs. The accordion book structure is a flexible form that can be adapted to many book themes, and one is the Altered Page Book. A blank page holds a lot of potential and one can alter it via folding, cutting, collaging, adding and subtracting parts, and more.

Do you acquire and save ephemera in your travels and daily life? Do you have lots of beautiful papers and scraps that you saved for a special project? Any old prints that you want to repurpose? We will use all your stored riches to collage the pages and create a new work to store them in.

There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you of your scholarship status before the start date of the class.

Required Materials

  • Self-healing mat
  • X-acto or small snap blade knife
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder or popsicle sticks
  • Pencil
  • Erasers
  • Metal ruler/triangle
  • Stick glue or double sided tape
  • All sort of collage materials such as decorated pages, your own or purchased, handmade papers, paste papers, old print proofs, needle and thread if you want to attach anything with sewing, etc.


  • Cover weight/cardstock (65lb) paper for covers, spine, and pages
  • Multicolor, light for pages and darker for covers and spine
  • Covers and Spine – 3 pages each 8.5 x 11
  • Pages – 4 or more also measuring 8.5 x 11

About the Instructor

Maria G. Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator and educator. Memory Press works are represented in The Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Wesleyan University and many more. She has exhibited widely in solo – her most recents: titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper. Over the years she has curated a number exhibits, such as “Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response” at the Center for Book Arts in NYC and coming in 2021 Crossroads at the Hunterdon museum of Art. Ms. Pisano contributes to book arts publications and has presented lectures at the Library of Congress, College Book Arts Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Her article “Mark To Impress” was published in California Society of Printmakers 2018 Journal and 2019 in The Blue Notebook in the UK. She continuously gives workshops nationally and internationally, at her studio, libraries and institutions such as Bridwell Library, Dallas TX, Hand Bookbinders of California, and Center for Book Arts in NYC.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

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