Making Waves: Introduction to the Accordion Book with Chang Yuchen

Learn how to make a few variations on the accordion book structure in this two-day workshop with Chang Yuchen.

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

Thursday, October 1, 6-8pm EDT

Thursday, October 8, 6-8pm EDT

This two-day course will cover how to fold a section of an accordion book, how to attach multiple sections together and a few different styles of cover-making. Examples of artists’ books using related techniques will be shown to demonstrate the poetic potentials of this wavy structure.

Students should have the following materials:

– 10 sheets textblock paper, preferably longer than 17 inches

– 5 sheets cover paper

– A bone folder (or a butter knife)

– A knife

– Cutting board

– A pencil

– A ruler

– Glue

– Small brush or Q-tip

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, Assembly Room and among others.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.