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The Accordion Variations: 3 Basic Book Structures
The Accordion Variations: 3 Basic Book Structures

Sat, Jan 22


Morgan Conservatory

The Accordion Variations: 3 Basic Book Structures

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Jan 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E 47th St, Cleveland, OH 44103, USA


The Accordion Variations: 3 Basic Book Structures

Taught by Fran Kovac

DATE: Jan 22, 2022 

TIME: 10:00-4:00 EST  

PRICE: $105

Registration Deadline: Mon, Jan. 17, 2022


The common accordion book structure takes on new life with variations useful to book artists and bookbinders alike. In the morning portion, we will make a triangle accordion, as well as a sewn book with an accordion spine. The afternoon will be devoted to incorporating cut work, collage, drawing, and other techniques into the structure to make a unique artist’s book. Numerous techniques will be demonstrated and models will be available for inspection. Bring your favorite collage materials, drawing or lettering pens, and your imagination, and join in the fun.  No experience necessary.

Students are responsible for the following supplies:

thin awl

break off knife or scalpel

right-angle triangle, small to medium


straight needle (#1 or #3 darner recommended)

bone folder / Teflon folder


collage materials and decorative papers (optional)

optional (bring if you have):

cutting mat 

metal straight edge / ruler 

glue brushes (medium and small) 

Japanese screw punch with bits

½ “ brass rule

Instructor bio:

Fran Kovac is a bookbinder in private practice in Cleveland and has modeled book bindings that stretch from the 4th Century C.E. to the 20th. Working often with wood and metal, she adapts historic binding structures to contemporary applications. Fran has studied bookbinding with Pamela Spitzmueller, Hedi Kyle, Jim Croft, Julia Miller, Dan Essig, and Shanna Leino, among many others.


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