Bookmaking: A Series
instructor: Nikki Thompson
category: Book Arts, Myrtle Press
for: Adults, Teens
price: MEMBER $345 / GENERAL $385
Nikki Thompson is coming to us from Deconstructed Artichoke Press to teach us all about the art of bookmaking! She has thoughtfully designed 5 different classes to teach you how to make multiple types of book structures. You can choose to sign up for the class(es) that speak to you most or sign up for the full series for a discounted rate. All materials are provided by Verge.
When you register for the full series you secure your spot in each of the 5 different classes – Variations on the Accordion, Carousel Book, Panorama Book: Accordion with Decorative Panels, Intimate Spaces: A Book of Rooms, & Pamphlets and Concertinas: Falling Book Structure.
*Please note that in each of these classes, you will be learning the bookmaking process and making a sample book, not a finished project.
Variations on the Accordion
This is a bookmaking class teaching different variations of the accordion style. The accordion is a flexible book structure with many possibilities. In this 3 hour class, we’ll learn the proper way to fold an accordion. Then we’ll attach envelopes to an accordion. From there, we’ll be able to make a flag book. Last, we’ll finish up with a hard cover accordion. All materials are provided by Verge, but you are encouraged to bring collage materials, pictures, stamps, etc. to decorate your book.
WHEN: Sunday, January 21 from 10-1 PM
Carousel Book 1/28
The carousel book form was popularized in the 1920s and 1930s as children’s books. In this course, we will construct a carousel by creating a series of “scenes” that operate like the pages of a book. First, we’ll measure and fold three accordions; then we’ll cut and collage/rubber stamps/ decorate the frames and inner pages. Finally, we’ll sew the three accordions together to complete the book. Once finished this book looks like five theater scenes from the side; from the top it looks like a star. All materials are provided by Verge, but you are encouraged to bring collage materials, pictures, stamps, etc. to decorate your book.
WHEN: Sunday, January 28 from 10-4 PM (5 hours of class time with a 1 hour lunch break)
Panorama Book: Accordion with Decorative Panels – 2/18
Make a book that shows off your collages or artistic creations. This Hedi Kyle structure combines an accordion with panels that highlight your artwork or cutouts. We’ll learn the proper way to fold an accordion and finish up with making a hard cover. Option to bring small photocopies of your artwork (no bigger than 1.875″ x 3.75″) for to showcase in 6″ x 3″ book.
WHEN: Sunday, February 18 from 10 – 4 PM (5 hours of class time with a 1 hour lunch break)
Intimate Spaces: A Book of Rooms – 2/25
Captivate readers with this dynamic book structure! A seemingly simple codex – which is actually two accordions attached together – opens delightfully to reveal three hidden rooms when the center page is pulled open. Each “room” provides an intimate space for showcasing your illustrations, photographs, collages, etc. This versatile book is appropriate for both beginners and experienced bookmakers alike. All materials are provided by Verge, but you are encouraged to bring collage materials, pictures, stamps, etc. to decorate your book.
WHEN: Sunday, February 25 from 10-4 PM (5 hours of class time with a 1 hour lunch break)
Pamphlets & Concertinas: Falling Book Structure – 3/24
This book structure is a dynamic concertina that will wow the viewer. Sewn to ribbons and a concertina and then pamphlets, the pamphlets collapse when you are through reading them and the ribbons are pulled shut. Keith Smith describes this as an Eastern fold book known as a spine-pleat. This specific structure is based on a variation of the spine-pleat inspired by Kumi Korf’s work.
WHEN: Sunday, March 24 from 10 – 4 PM (5 hours of class time with a 1 hour lunch break)
About the Instructor
Nikki Thompson is a book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press) and poet. With an MFA from the California College of the Arts, her art explores architecture, feminism, and the politics of work through the mixed media of bookmaking, printmaking, and photography. Her work has been awarded First Prize at Gallerie Renee Marie and a Purchase Prize at 23 Sandy Gallery. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received the College Book Arts Association Project Assistance Grant.
In order to create a safe and encouraging environment for creativity, we ask that all attendees comply with Verge’s non-discrimination policy which prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, gender, gender identity/expression, age, physical or mental disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by the state or local laws. We also ask that everyone contribute positively to a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not abide by our community standards stated above.
Cancellation and Refunds Policy
Verge Center for the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes, to change instructors, and to make other changes that may become necessary to ensure a quality experience for participants. In the event that a class is canceled, we will contact all registrants and offer the option of transferring to another available session, or receiving a full refund.
If a participant wishes to withdraw from a class, they must do so in writing at least seven days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. Withdrawals occurring within seven days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of 50 percent of the total class fee. No refunds are given to withdrawals that occur 24 hours before the class begins. Transfers are not accepted after a class begins. Membership fees are non-refundable. Please note we are unable to issue cash refunds.