The Art of the Fold: The Accordion, part 2

Welcome to the second entry in my series of posts detailing my adventures working through Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol‘s new book, The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures. This post includes the second batch of structures included in chapter one, The Accordion

If you’re new to my blog, then you should know that I’ve been posting my structure of the day on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there. You can click on the name of each structure below and you’ll be taken to its related post over there. No pressure though – as you can see by this post, I’m also writing roundups on my blog on a biweekly-ish basis.

Let’s get right to it and dive into the pool of accordions!

7. Pocket Accordion with Integrated Cover
This structure is made from just one sheet of paper and you end up with not only a cover, but also a spine. A double-sided paper works well with this structure because it adds interest to the cover with the variation. The process for making the cover is a bit hairy, but hang in there – it’s totally doable. I recommend trying it out on cheap paper first to make a model – save your nice paper for the second go around.

Pocket accordion book with integrated cover

8. Pop-Up Accordion
Oh, I love this structure so much. I think this was the first time I ever created a pop-up on an accordion. The process includes making a template for cutting, so don’t freak out over that part. Using an awl, you poke pilot holes through all 12 layers and then connect the dots with your X-Acto knife.

Pop-up accordion book

9. Flag Book
This structure is a classic and I imagine it’s the one that Hedi is most famous for. I’ve certainly made a few over the years. This project was the first one to require the making of hard covers – they’re needed to help support the weight of the paper held between them. If your book were small and the paper light enough, I’m sure you could use cover weight paper instead of bookboard for the covers.

Flag book

10. Two-Sided Flag Book
Ugh, I so messed up putting this together the first time around. Take your time and don’t rush with the assembly. If you don’t, you’ll end up swearing and ripping it apart – at least that’s how I responded. The project recommended recycled materials for the cover, so I went with file folders – they’re perfect. By the way, I’m now a big fan of using patterned paper for an accordion – there’s a lot of potential in that space for presenting content.

Two-Sided Flag Book

11. Interlocking Loops
This structure was totally new to me and I really like it. It’s a cousin to the Flag Book, although the flags are created from the same sheet of paper as the folded accordion and not attached to the accordion as a separate step. The layered loops offer multiple options for content placement.

Interlocking Loops accordion book

So there they are – the remaining five structures in the Accordion chapter of The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures.

Next up, Blizzards!

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