Flexagon Book

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Thu, March 4th 12:00–3:00pm ET

In this three hour course, Maria Pisano will introduce the Flexagon book structure – a moveable book that springs to life when opened, like a flower. Students will use stencils and stamp pads to create their unique designs, and bring all together and bind this wonderful book.

There will be a discussion on planning and designing a novel book structure with self-generated content – to begin to understand the important connections between them, their interaction and support of its theme. Making a book is a gestation process. Once you have an idea, how do you begin? What is the process of creating mock-ups? How do you put your ideas into practice?


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. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.

Required Materials:

  • 10 + 10 sheets of text weight paper- cut to 5.5 x 5.5 – 2 light colors (20 total)
  • Covers: Cut 4 squares each 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 – cover weight paper – 65lb.
  • 30 – 40 sheets of white copy paper – text weight paper- cut to 5.5 x 5.5
  • Lots of waste paper to use as backing not to get your work surface dirty
  • 1/8” ribbon
  • Small scissors
  • Exacto or snap-blade knife
  • Double-sided tape or glue stick
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Bone folder
  • Self-healing mat
  • 1 file folder
  • Stamp pads: 4-5 colors and 1 bag of triangular make-up sponges
  • Assorted art sticks and/or colored pencils
  • 1 acrylic tube any color
  • Flat acrylic brush – ½”
  • Small container of thick pre-made paste or methylcellulose
  • Paper towels
  • Water and water container
  • 2 small brayers, or 1 brayer and 1 wooden spoon
  • 2 styrofoam trays (sourced from your local supermarket meat or fruit department – ask them to give you one – preferably larger one)
  • 3 toothpicks
  • Found textures around your home/studio – examples: fruit packaging nets, corks, leaves, the edges of a perforated notebook, a metal or plastic triangle with shapes cut into it, etc.

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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