Accordion Books for Visual Artists

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

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. 

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Exhibitions: Book Arts Round Up

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Susan Green | 0 comments

Art Park Space Altered Books Exhibition curated by Laura Joy for Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe on Boscombe seafront.

There seems to have been a flurry of interesting altered books, artists books and bookbinding activity lately in Dorset and beyond. Here's a round up:

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Bookbinding Week 1: Folded Books

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Susan Green | 0 comments

Just one week until my bookbinding evening class starts! Are you coming? Bring yourself, a few pieces of silver for the tea and biscuit tin, and any interesting papers you might want to use.

We'll be looking at folded book forms in week 1, including the Turkish Map Fold, the Double Gatefold, The Accordion and the Hot Dog. We'll discuss developing their basic forms, incorporating them into other bindings and adding content to make Artist's Books. 

If you need a reminder of timings, how to get there, etc please look here. And in the meantime, check out my Pinterest to see some examples of how book artists are using these folded forms.

See you there! We start at 7 so arrive a few minutes early to get settled in.


P.S If you missed out on the Spring course, I'm running it again in September.

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Save The Date: Exhibitions & Fairs

Posted on October 06, 2014 by Susan Green | 0 comments

Save the date for the following exhibitions, Christmas fairs and artist book events where I will be exhibiting, selling and sometimes demonstrating.

Stitch & Bind Bournemouth Library for Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival: an exhibition of handmade books made by workshop participants, myself and fellow tutor Laura Joy during two recent bookbinding workshops at Artisan Studio. Runs til 24 October.

Handmade 4 Christmas at the Workhouse Chapel, Sturminster Newton Open daily 8 November until 24th December. A wonderful collection of work from renowned local makers. 

Etsy Dorset Team Christmas Fair 6 December 10-4 at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne. One of only 17 official European Etsy Christmas craft fairs, I'll be joining fellow members of the Dorset Etsy Team and I can't wait to spend the day with my fellow team members and welcome lots of local visitors. Come and say hello!

BABE: Bristol Artists' Book Event 11 - 12 April Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Over 100 national and international artists, publishers, presses, dealers and organisations come to BABE over the weekend to show their artists' books at this two-day event. The last BABE in 2013 was a busy weekend with 7,530 visitors! I'm looking forward to meeting up with other book artists and seeing their amazing work. I'll be there with my work in Gallery 3 on the 1st floor. 

Hope to see you there!


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Bookbinding Workshop with Laura Joy at Artisan Studio

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Susan Green | 0 comments

Sunday's bookbinding workshop was a great success! Fellow tutor Laura Joy and I were joined by 6 participants, some of whom had made books before, others had not. We set up the day with examples of the book forms we'd be making. And sunflowers. 

As well as a quick and simple Hot Dog booklet, everyone made a Concertina binding with a choice of 2 cover styles, a Double Pamphlet notebook and then a Japanese Stab Stitch binding. Book covers were made from maps, pages of photography books (otherwise destined for landfill) and plant fibre paper. One participant used her own cyanotype to make the cover of her Stab Stitch book.


Thank you to everyone who came, I hope you enjoyed it as much as Laura and I did. Thanks also to Pauline Stanley at Artisan Community Art Studio for providing such a great workspace and setting it up so wonderfully.

If you're continuing to make books and have any questions or would like some help, please feel free to ask here or email me: You can also buy that waxed linen thread in small quantities here

Look forward to seeing you on the 28th September for the Medieval Journal workshop! 


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New: Paperback Notebooks & Sketchbooks

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Susan Green | 0 comments

Some are pretty, some are pretty minimal, none of these new paperback notebooks and sketchbook sets will break the bank. Explore the single and the double Pamphlet Stitch and the Accordion Fold...

Paperback Notebooks: £10 set of 2 in Pink, Blue or Orange.

I've paired floral and graphic prints with batik Nepalese Lokta paper to bind these sweet and slim notebooks.

Accordion Fold Sketchbook: £15 set of 3 in Sand; £10 set of 2 in Earth

Originally designed for an exhibition this summer, these sketchbooks are an inventive way to make and display your work. They're a very simple, clean design bound in the simple pamphlet stitch, but the pages are the accordion fold format - use it just like a regular book or open to its fullest extent for an unusual, expansive way to write, draw, collage, story-tell or make graphic novels. 

Notebook Set: Double Pamphlet: £20 set of 3 in Earth or Cereal.

A single sheet of strong cover paper with a 'w' fold in the centre allows 2 signatures to be bound into one notebook in this Double Pamphlet style.

I'll be making more paperbacks in the new year and look forward to sharing more simple yet slightly unusual binding styles with you. I plan to start delivering adult workshops in book arts and bookbinding later in 2014, so if you'd like to learn how to make books like this, that you can then use to make your own art with, do sign up to my newsletter.





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Monochrome part II

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Susan Green | 0 comments

I make my work as simple and striking as possible and a recent commission for a bride in black leather with white accents couldn't have embodied that spirit more. That commission inspired more work in monochrome, exploring new binding styles including the Accordion and Double Gatefold, as well as theLongstitch with Linkstitch style you're familiar with.

Journal / Sketchbook: White & Black £39 ships worldwide

Journal / Sketchbook: Monochrome £99 with natural raw edge. Ships worldwide. 

Miniature paperback sketchbooks currently exhibiting in 'By The Book' at Hawthorn Contemporary Craft Gallery. POA please email

Accordion binding:

Double Gatefold binding:



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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.

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