Tag Archives: accordion book

Nostalgic accordion album

27 Sep

I made this album as a present for my parents-in-law. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and had a party to celebrate. My partner was taking the photographs for the day, so I thought it would be nice if I made an album for the photos.

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The image on the cover is a photograph I took of their old wedding album which they had on display. I printed the image using sepia and grainy effects. Then I drew onto the image with silver pen and reprinted it. This process gave it a vintage look that suits a 50th wedding anniversary!

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Slate pink wedding set

11 Sep

Here is a wedding set that I made recently. It consists of a medium accordion album, an extra large Japanese bound album and a Secret Belgian bound guest book. The colour theme of the wedding was pink and slate grey so I thought that this modern polka-dotted paper contrasted with the grey bookcloth would suit.

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I also found a polka-dotted grey ribbon that I couldn’t resist using on one of the albums – making a very polka-polka dotted album!

President Michael D. Higgins presented with one of my books

16 Dec

President Michael D. Higgins visited the F2 Centre in Fatima, Dublin 8 to launch ‘A Local Imagine Nation – An Arts Plan for Rialto’ on 8th of December 2011. During his visit, he was presented with one of the series of books I made for the F2 centre – I was really delighted!

This book is a twisted accordion book made with 300 gsm white paper. The butterfly on the cover is Fatima’s symbol for its regeneration.

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It was suggested that, as he is a poet, he could use this blank book to write his poetry in. I hope he gets good use out of it!

If you would like to see a video of this visit, check out this website.

Floral wedding album set

26 Sep

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This is a wedding album set that I made for a couple this summer. Their colour theme was salmon pink so I chose a coverpaper that reflected this colour without the book becoming a sea of salmon pink!

The smallest album is an Accordion or Leporello book. This was the first time I have made one of these as part of a wedding album set. This album can be opened up and put standing on display, showing different photos on the front and back pages.

The leporello book has an interesting origin. The name Leporello comes from the opera Don Giovanni, an opera that contains music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Leporello was a manservant who kept a record of Don Giovanni’s female conquests in a book. At the end of the play, Leporello spreads this infamous book across the stage.

DIY Accordion book workshop

2 Aug

In July 2011, I gave a workshop in ‘Binding without thread’. This workshop focused on simple, sewing-free methods of book binding. The particpants made beautiful books with an emphasis on using recycled materials and figuring out alternative ways of making this style of book.

As it was such a sunny day, we did the workshop outside in my back garden – so everybody got a book and a tan that day! Below are the instructions for this complete book, along with a few pictures of the workshop.

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The group were really creative and some used drawings that they had made for the covers. Another participant used cassette tape to fasten the book, tying in with the image on his cover of a cinema and TV.

Crazy accordion book

10 Apr

Here are instructions on how to make an irregular ‘crazy’ accordion book. This book is really simple to make – I’ve made it with 4-year-olds and 56-year-olds! For young children, it can be simplified more – see diagram 2b – by making ‘half’ the book. This half version looks like a pair of trousers which kids get a kick out off.

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Instructions

Materials: 1 large piece of paper, card or wood cover, scissors, glue, pencil.

 

Step 1

Fold in half, then in quarters, length-ways and width-ways.

Step 2

Cut until last fold on each of the 3 creases. For children, get them to mark an X where they have to stop cutting.

Step 3

Fold book using over & under technique.

Step 4

Measure the front and back of book. Add 1cm to the length and width of book. Make cover out of cardboard or thin wood. Glue onto book using appropriate glue e.g. PVA glue for card cover and wood glue for wooden cover.

If you are making a wooden cover, I would advise you to glue a piece of thick card to the end & beginning bookpage and then glue the card & book to the heavier piece of wood.