Folded book forms in their many and varied styles are amongst my favourite types of books because they can be very simple in style, they can be made from very few materials, but most of all, because they usually hold a surprise.
What seems on the surface to be a familiar style of book may on opening suddenly expand or pop-up well beyond the boundaries of its covers, holding a beautiful secret inside. Folded forms are favourites amongst book artists because they lend themselves to layers and movement and yet work incredibly well as static display books.
Accordion Books are an example of a folded book form. Here - held within a simply stitched paperback cover - and on the surface looking like an ordinary notebook, they open and expand to reveal 4 pages (and a further 4 on the reverse) of cartridge paper.
They’re a great way to display images in a narrative style if you want to create a photo album or swatch book. Photographer Robin Hutt used my Accordion Books to great effect in her Dawn and Dusk: The Fairlight End Garden Journals exhibition.
Accordions are also a great way to tell a visual story; whether through collage, drawing or another medium, this book form readily lends itself to the narrative arc. Either hold in the hand and flip through like an ordinary book, or lift the final page to extend the book to its full length to see the full story.
My Accordion Books have 8 pages of quality heavy cartridge paper for all dry-medium artwork, light wash, collage and photographs, simply stitched to the paper covers with linen thread. Available in two sizes, sold in sets of 3, in Soft / Sky / Moss and Stone colourways. Prices from £15. You can see more images here or shop now using the buttons below:
All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.
|A4 Large Portrait||12 inches or 305 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A4 Large Landscape||8.5 inches or 215 mm||12 inches or 305 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Landscape||6 inches or 155 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Portrait||8.5 inches or 215 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 35 mm|
|A6 Small Landscape||4.5 inches or 114 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|One Size||3 inches or 76 mm||2.25 inches or 60 mm||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
60 pages of 130 gsm paper
|One Size||6 inches or 148 mm approx.||4.5 inches or 108 mm approx.||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|A4 Large||297 mm or 11.5 inches approx.||205mm or 8.25 inches approx.||64 pages|
|A5 Medium||210 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||145 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||56 pages|
|A6 Small||150 mm or 6 inches approx.||100 mm or 4 inches approx.||48 pages|
|A7 Pocket||106 mm or 4.25 inches approx.||72 mm or 2.75 inches approx.||40 pages|
8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|