Altering the Page: Accordion Book with Collage

Event Info

This one-day, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Wednesday, January 18, from 1:00 pm–3:30 pm.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on January 10, at 11:59 pm.


About the Workshop:

This online class is taught by instructor Maria G. Pisano. 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, one can alter it via folding, cutting, collaging, adding and subtracting parts, and more. Learn about sequencing, layering and folding to arrive at your pages. These in turn will be assembled to become part of an accordion book you have created with your unique designs.

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 book work to store them in.


Required Materials:

  • Basic bookbinding kit
  • collage materials such as decorated pages, your own or purchased, handmade papers, paste papers, ephemera, old print proofs, 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 Maria G. Pisano

Maria G. Pisano (she/her) is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator.

Her 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.

Ms. Pisano has exhibited widely—including a solo exhibition titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper. Over the years she has curated a number of exhibitions at Center for Book Arts in NYC, such as Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response. In 2021 she curated Crossroads at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in New Jersey.


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. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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