REGISTRATION BEGINS: February 8, 2023 at 12:00 PM

One of seven courses available for the May 11 – 14, 2023 MCA Weekend Workshop @ Haystack

Playing Between the Lines: Exploring the Accordion Book

Instructor: Evelyn Wong
Haystack Studio: Graphics/ Print
Materials Fee: $100, See Below 
Enrollment Limit: 13
Level: All levels welcome!

Class Description:

The accordion book is one of the most accessible structures in book arts, and it’s no surprise since the possibilities are endless with this form! During this weekend workshop, we’ll explore different approaches to crafting accordion books and accordion-based books, and play with different ways that the pages can be used for storytelling. We will also discuss different materials and media, including alternative printmaking techniques, and hand-stitching in your books. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to craft their own accordion books as well as utilize the techniques we explore toward other applications, including papercrafting and card-making.


Instructor Supplied Materials- These items are included with the $100 materials fee
  • Book Board
  • Base paper for accordion books: mixed media paper, vellum, printmaking paper
  • Embroidery needle, embroidery thread & beeswax
  • Linen thread
  • Glue
  • Xylene markers
  • Stamping brushes
  • Stamp ink pads
  • Rubber stamps
  • Stamp cleaners
  • Clear acetate/mylar
  • Foam sheets, buttons & texture objects
  • Ribbon
  • Assorted colored paper
Student Supplied Materials, please bring the following:
  • Scalpels or X-acto knives and replacement blades (replacement blades are not optional)
  • Mat cutting knife or heavy duty utility/X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Rulers, straightedges (recommended: 18” with safety edge with non-skid bottom)
  • Cutting mat, minimum 12” x 18” (some available in classroom)
  • Containers with lids for glue and paste
  • Bone folder
  • Glue brushes (flat or round, minimum 1” diameter if round, 2” diameter if flat, no small paintbrushes)
  • Scrap paper, copy paper (for protecting surfaces from glue, and for creating mock-ups)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil or writing utensil
  • Sketchbook
  • Assorted preferred drawing supplies: pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, pastels
  • Assorted preferred water-based painting supplies: Sumi ink, watercolors, gouache, inks, acrylics, paint brushes and palettes
  • Printouts of text or images (laser, Xerox, toner-based preferred)
  • Old magazines, old books, prints, postcards, photos, paper-based ephemera
  • Assorted papers of various colors, textures
  • Assorted texture-making materials (bubble wrap, hair comb, plastic fork/knife, lace, cork, sponges, buttons, dried leaves, beads, etc)
  • Rags (for wiping hands and tools after gluing)
Optional Materials to Bring:
  • Binder’s awl (light to medium duty recommended)
  • Binder’s needle or tapestry needle, embroidery needles
  • Embroidery thread
  • Linen or cotton pearl thread
  • Hole punchers, varying sizes and shapes
  • Tweezers
  • Rotary cutter, circle cutter
  • Apron
  • Stamps, inks, stamping brushes
  • Gel plates for printing
  • Decorative cuts scissors
  • Stencils (letters, shapes, borders, etc.)
  • Washi tapes, stickers
  • Ribbons, fabric scraps, lace
  • Scrapbooking supplies (decorative borders, closures, foils, etc.)
  • Assorted book cloth
  • Eyelets/grommets with eyelet/grommet setter

About the Instructor-

EVELYN WONG is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of history, trauma, culture, race, and gender through the lens of personal narratives as well as her Asian American heritage.  She has recently exhibited work at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California.  Residencies include The Studios at MASS MoCA and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Artist’s Residency Program.  Wong received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and MFA from Maine College of Art. In 2019, she was awarded the Professional Development and Creative Entrepreneurship Grant at Maine College of Art to launch Fireball Bookbindery, where she currently crafts hand-bound journals and notebooks inspired by Asian traditions in materials, designs, and book-bindings.