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Hardcover Accordion-Spine Book

  • July 31, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Zoom - online

Presenter:  AMY SPENCER


About the workshop: 

Hardcover Accordion-Spine Books are an interesting and beautiful hybrid structure that lays open flat. In this workshop, we will make an approximately 5” x 4 ¾” book, with boards covered in decorative paper and containing a text block of 96 pages of 70 lb. Mohawk Superfine paper. A detailed handout will be emailed to participants.  Workshop will be recorded and available for a month following the workshop. 

About Amy:

Amy Spencer has taught a variety of book structures to students from as young as age four to adults. In addition to teaching for the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Calligraphy, she has taught privately, to church groups, homeschooling groups, for San Diego Book Arts and for eight years at the Riverside Art Museum. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art history at UC Riverside. Her work can be seen @aestusbookarts on Instagram.

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Questions? Contact Alessandra at iepv.sfcworkshops@gmail.com

REGISTRATION: You must be a member both when you register and when the class is held. Pay by PayPal. No refunds.

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BOOK WORKSHOP, ONLY $42 via Paypal 

Enrollment is for current paid Society for Calligraphy members only. Your membership must be current at time of sign-up as well as when class is held. No reservation will be held until your dues are current. If your membership lapses, you become ineligible and your space will be filled from the waiting list. Sign-ups are accepted in advance ona first come, first served basis. No refunds unless your place can be filled from a wait list. If you must cancel, please do so early enough for your place to be filled. For confirmation and prompt receipt of supply list, we recommend that your payment arrive no later than two weeks before the workshop. You do not have a spot in the workshop until you are notified by the coordinator. Please send your check payable to IE/PV SfC: Send to Alessandra Kawakubo, 22891 Hilton Head Drive, # 197, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4413. Write the workshop name in the memo space.  Non-members, include a separate check for $42, made out to Society for Calligraphy, along with your membership form: https://societyforcalligraphy.org/resources/Site/Membership/Membership.pdf.  Include your current name, address, phone number, and email with the check (s) in the envelope.

NO audio or video recording of any program, meeting, workshop or other SfC function permitted without prior consent of both guest artist and a representative of the Board of Governors.


Optional Materials kit price: picked up - $7, including domestic U.S.P.S. Priority Mail shipping - $16 

Tools needed: Awl, ruler, pencil, bonefolder, scissors, glue brush, needle (size 20 or 22 tapestry needle recommended)

Materials needed if you DO get the kit: PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue

Materials needed if you DO NOT get the kit:

1.     PVA (recommended) or your favorite bookbinding glue

2.     Twenty-four folios of 8” x 4 3/4” grain short text weight paper folded before the workshop into six signatures (4 folios each) note: You can tear all of these down from one 25 x 38 parent sheet.

3.     One piece of 10” x 4 13/16” grain short, heavyweight, not too soft paper for the spine (examples are: thick lokta paper, elephant hide paper, Canson Mi-Teintes)

4.     Two pieces of 5 x 4 3/4” grain long book board

5.     Two pieces of 4 13/16” x 4 1/2” grain long paper for end sheets

6.     Two pieces of 6 1/4” x 6” grain long paper for paper or book cloth to cover the boards

7.     Six pieces of 10”-12” waxed linen thread

Suggested materials: scrap piece of corrugated cardboard or foam core to punch signatures on and waste paper for gluing.

Note on grain: It is very important in bookbinding to have the grain of all your materials, which have grain, running parallel to the spin. Paper, board and book cloth all bend easier along the grain direction. Here is a very nice description of the importance of grain direction - https://www.strathmoreartist.com/faq-full/how-can-i-determine-the-grain-direction-of-paper.html Grain long means the grain runs in the direction of the longest of the two measurements and grain short correspondingly means the grains goes in the direction of the shorter measurement.

Note on pH: It is best to use materials in bookbinding that are acid-free, as acidic board and paper deteriorates over time.

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