Accordion bindings have been used for centuries in many parts of Asia and were the predominant book structure in Central America. Accordion folds are a classic and simple way to bind books, with folded pages enclosed between two covers.
A series of parallel folds allow for the book to be used like a codex (the term for a standard book) or spread out to see multiple pages at once, sometimes in sculptural ways. Book artists often use this form because simple variations allow for a wealth of design opportunities.
Come view various accordion bindings from special collections and learn how to make one of your own. This workshop will teach both a standard accordion binding and a variation called an explosion binding. Materials provided -