Accordion Books for Visual Artists

Posted on June 11, 2016 by Susan Green | 0 comments

Simple Style folded books for creatives.

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.

Robin Hutt

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. 

Accordion Books

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:

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Size Guide
Memory Books, Guest Books, Condolence Books, Journals and Sketchbooks

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.

 SIZE HEIGHT WIDTH DEPTH
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
Miniature Journals

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
Simple Wrap Journals

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
Paperback Notebooks

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
Accordion Books

8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper

A5 Medium Portrait TBC
A6 Small Landscape