Making Waves: Intro to the Accordion Book (Fall 2021)

Event Info

This online workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Thurs, Sept. 16, 10am–12pm ET
  • Thurs, Sept, 23 10am–12pm ET

Day 1 will cover how to fold a section of accordion book, how to attach multiple sections together and a few different styles of cover-making. Through the hands-on exercises, participants will be led to consider the relationship between part and whole, front and back. Examples of artists’ books using related techniques will be shown to demonstrate the poetic potentials of this wavy structure. 

Day 2 will cover two variations of accordion book: pocket accordion with hard cover and flag book. In these two projects, participants will learn to work with bookcloth, brush and glue, as well as how to set up a workstation for a complicated project. Examples of artists’ books using related techniques will be shown to demonstrate the various usage of these skills.

Required materials:


  • A bone folder (or a butter knife)
  • A knife
  • Cutting board
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Glue Stick or PVA (also need small brush or Q-tip if using PVA)


  • 6 sheet of text-weight paper, at least 17 inch long (width doesn’t matter)
  • 2 sheet of cardboard (can be from shoebox), 5 x 7 inch or larger 
  • 3 sheets of cover-weight paper, letter size or larger


  • 1 sheet of text-weight paper, 11 x 17 or larger 
  • 2 pieces of cardboard, 3 x 5 or larger
  • 1 sheet of cover weight paper, 16 x 6 inch
  • 3 sheets of cover weight paper, 5 x 6 inch

*Optional: 2 pieces of soft patterned paper or book-cloth that you want to use to wrap around the cardboards. They should be at least half inch bigger all around the cardboard.

About the Instructor

Chang Yuchen is an artist and educator based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner — writing as weaving, drawing as translation, clothing as portable theater, commerce as everyday revolution. Yuchen was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA, MAD Museum, Offshore, Bananafish Books and Textile Arts Center. She has shown her works/performed at UCCA Dune, Taikwun, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, and Assembly Room, among others.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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