Pamphlets & Concertinas :: Falling Book Structure

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June 10th, 2023 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Nikki Thompson
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $140
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

This book structure is a dynamic concertina that will wow the viewer.

Sewn to ribbons and a concertina and then pamphlets, the pamphlets collapse when you are through reading them and the ribbons are pulled shut.

Keith Smith describes this as an Eastern fold book known as a spine-pleat. This specific structure is based on a variation of the spine-pleat inspired by Kumi Korf’s work.  

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided.

Optional: your favorite bookbinding tools such as bone folders, knives, etc.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 10, 2023 :: 10am-4pm

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

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Nikki Thompson (she/her)

Nikki Thompson is a book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press) and poet. With an MFA from the California College of the Arts, her art explores architecture, feminism, and the politics of work through the mixed media of bookmaking, printmaking, and photography. Her work has been awarded First Prize at Gallerie Renee Marie and a Purchase Prize at 23 Sandy Gallery. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received the College Book Arts Association Project Assistance Grant. She currently resides in Sacramento, California, with her husband and daughter. Her work can be seen at

Past Student Reviews:

“Nikki was excellent at explaining each step and helping us as needed. She was fantastic.”

[What did you like about this workshop?]
“Making a complicated book structure easy to learn (I'm still showing off my book to friends!)”

375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States