Flex Your Passion: A Valentine’s Day Flexagon Book 2023

Event Info

This one-day, online workshop takes place on Zoom on Friday, February 10, from 1-4pm Eastern time.

  • Friday, February 10, 1:00–4:00pm ET.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Tuesday, February 7, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

Join CBA Instructor Maria G. Pisano in this online workshop to explore the flexagon book, a unique structure that will be a wonderful gift for a loved one in your life.

Valentine’s day is celebrated by sharing and giving of oneself to that special person or persons in your life. It is also a day to create something unique, such as a handmade book, and be personally enriched by it. A flexagon is a unique movable book that has great content potential, and like love, springs to life when opened.
The materials we will use to designs your books; stencils, stamps, stamp pads and direct drawing, will enrich your pages enabling you to create a wonderful book.

Required Materials:

  • 9 square sheets of text weight paper cut to 5.5” x 5.5”- 2 light colors – 5+4 (Always use an odd # of sheets if you want to make a larger book. Have extra on hand.
  • Covers: Cut 2 squares each 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 – cover weight paper – 65lb
1/8” ribbon (2 pieces, each 10”)
  • small scissors, exacto or snap-blade knife, double sided tape or glue stick, bone folder, self-healing mat.
  • Stamp pads: 3-5 colors and 6-8 triangular make-up sponges.
  • Assorted fine point magic markers, commercial pre-cut stamps (if you like them), colored pencils.
15 sheets of paper for stencils to create your own designs, cut to 5.5 x 5.5 using white xerox paper.
  • Scrap paper to use as backing not to get your working surface dirty.


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.

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 the California Society of Printmakers 2018 Journal as well as in 2019 in The Blue Notebook in the UK.

She continuously teaches workshops nationally and internationally at venues including the Bridwell Library in Dallas TX, Hand Bookbinders of California, and Center for Book Arts in NYC.

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. All workshops at CBA are subject to our cancellation policies. 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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