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Class Name :

Class Date :

April 15 - April 15

Meeting Times :

Sat 10am-4pm (1 session)

Class Location :

Community Room

Instructor :

Peter Thomas


About this Class:

Simple and Complex Accordion Books • PBPT171W01

This workshop will explore the exciting world of the artists’ books. Participants will be given instruction in basic book arts binding techniques to make small format accordion books. First you will learn to fold perfect accordion books, then how to bind them with several styles of folded paper covers. Next you will learn how to make a unique “nested pop up accordion fold;” structure developed by Peter and Donna Thomas. This binding has a second accordion weaving in and out of the first. Students will be given time to put text in their books and will want to come prepared with a short 4-10 word quote to work with. Students may want to bring their own papers and art supplies to substitute for those provided. This will be fun and informative workshop and students will go home with two completed books.

Recommended Tools:
Bone folder, scissors, 12 inch metal ruler, awl or needle, pencil, medium size cutting mat, break off blade mat knife. If you don’t have these items and don’t want to buy them, you can borrow them. Bring decorative paper, paints, watercolors, pens, rubberstamps, etc. to illustrate and add text to your books. You might also want to bring images to collage.


Peter Thomas is a book artist and hand papermaker who, since 1977, has been working individually and collaboratively with Donna Thomas, making fine press and artist books. Peter has been active in the leadership of IAPMA, the Friends of Dard Hunter, the Miniature Book Society, Book Arts Santa Cruz and co-founded the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. Peter and Donna are authors of “More Making Books by Hand” and “1000 Artists’ Books”, and produced a documentary/educational video titled “The Ergonomics of Hand Papermaking.” Since 2010 they have intermittently traveled 50,000 miles, in three cross-country trips, as Wandering Book Artists, displaying their work and giving lectures, workshops, and papermaking demonstrations.

Artwork by Peter Thomas

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