Folded Book Structures

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$ 190.00

September 15th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Rhiannon Alpers
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: September 15th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 15th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

The right paper loves to be folded, creased and bound, and this course is an integrated exploration of the two pleasures of accordions and folds, and where they intersect. Students will create intermediate folded structures such as a hardcover triangle pocket fold, Altered Winged Accordion, Designating Duet (a Claire Van Vliet Interwoven Structure), and the Hedi Kyle pocket fold, to hold all your creations and examples. Along the way students will learn or refresh their understanding of the fundamentals of folding and materials: (what makes a paper fold easily and stay), adhesives (what works best for accordions of all kinds), tools, vocabulary, and resources. Create five books during this fun-filled session to take home. We'll cover a wide range of possibilities for these structures tempting students with a love of paper and all the possibilities for future artist books of their own.

Materials to Bring: Notebook for taking notes,45 degree triangle (3-6”), small washcloth, 2 small plastic containers with lids.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: Apron, mechanical pencil, scissors, untility knife, bone folder, 12” metal ruler, cutting mat, awl, eraser. 

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Bookbinding or similar bookbinding experience. This workshop is geared towards students with cutting, measuring, and folding skills and of course a love of paper.

Workshop Fee (includes $25 materials fee): $190.00

Date & Time: Saturday, September 15, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Rhiannon Alpers

Rhiannon Alpers, has an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UCSB. She is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. She has taught academic courses at San Francisco Art Institute, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Dominican University, Academy of Art University, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Columbia College Chicago, Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught workshops for Penland School of Crafts, Book Arts LA, San Diego Book Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Kala Printmaking Institute, Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, and at her own studio in the Mission District. For more information visit

Past Student Reviews:

 “Rhiannon is SO patient, thorough, and informative. Plus, she fixes students' mistakes with grace and humor.”

“Rhiannon was a great instructor and very much appreciated.”

“A great instructor who always had patience for everyone in the class.”

 “SO MUCH FUN! Super helpful Rhiannon, lots of good tips & tricks to make the seemingly impossible possible.”
$ 190.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States