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Articulated Book Structure

  • Writers Ink Studio at Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
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Instructor: Pietro Accardi
Length of workshop: 1 day
Skill Level: Intermediate

Other prerequisites: Some bookbinding experience

Maximum number of students: 12


Member-Early Enrollment: $92
Member Fee: $115
Non-Member: $190

Materials fee: $24

EEP Deadline: December 17th-due to late listing

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An indestructible cover: inspired by Italy’s 1970’s solution to broken Yellow Pages bindings in public phone booths; this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break! This binding style offers visual and tactile delight, employing strips of articulated hard board covered with marbled fabric. In this workshop, the instructor will guide students through the art of this rare binding technique. Students will create an articulated blank journal that can beautifully withstand the ravages of time.

Workshop held in partnership with San Diego Writers Ink

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Pietro is native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano founded and operated "Tipografia Accardi." In 1950s Italy, it was a state of the art printing press. His youth spent in the press lead him to paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. Pietro moved on from his father’s press to establish "La Legatoria del Sole," an artisanal and production-oriented bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin's Municipal Archives, public and university libraries. He now teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Nevada Museum of Art, and Castle in the Air in Berkeley, CA. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts, a book arts studio and bindery now specializing in Marbled textile arts.

Earlier Event: January 15
Over Marbling
Later Event: January 18
Clamshell Box Making