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POSTPONED Concertinas, Accordions & Leporellos: Pleated-Fold Books w/ DEREK BACCHUS

May 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Art and Nuance and Variety
of the Pleated-Fold Book

How closely is bookbinding allied with music? In name only — and when we can’t work without it. We will learn how to make all three, which will be easier than anticipated because the terms are interchangeable. What’s not interchangeable is the same fine way that this simple folded structure lends itself to creativity by incorporating pop-ups, flag extensions, tramlines, or pockets, to name a few — and including structural variations like the meander book, or the tunnel book.Pl

We will learn the art of the precise fold and savvy scoring. We will begin with a no-stitch, no-glue hardcover accordion book, followed by a concertina slot-book, and a leporello to be named later! The list of possibilities is seemingly endless, and has been a source of fascination to book artists for a very long time. I will only take up the first seven hours of your journey…

Cost: $120 (non-members) $75 OHCA members
Plus materials fee: $15 to be paid to instructor day of class



Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Chief Product Officer and Publisher at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont-Aven School of Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.




May 17, 2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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