Accordion books are such an abstract concept of a “book”. They can be very overwhelming if not approached correctly, whether you’ve the viewer or the artist. I’m not sure whether its the folding or the lack of a true spine, but something about an accordion book puts people off their rhythm. They don’t know how to hold it, let alone open it. There is a hint of delicacy to this concept of books I suppose…but in reality how “rough” are we on books anyway? I’m not sure how many people really hold a paperback or hardback book by just the cover or just one page, are people really that careless? If so, then I suppose I understand their ignorance toward this new type of book, but I honestly think there’s something more to these books.
When someone is studying for a test, a common method of studying is “flashcards”. I think of an accordion book in the same way. I also think of accordion books as a special type of scrapbook or journal where you can store things away for later, and then open up your book, unfold it, and see all of it at once, or flip the pages one by one. The fluidity of an accordion book is truly baffling to me, it can be anything from fabric, to cardboard, to printer paper, to thick cardstock….quite literally anything can be made into an accordion book!
I’ve made a few accordion books in the past, but they were all very simple, or plainer. They were just peaks and valleys, which is nice and even sometimes the more complementary option for a book…..but this time around I’m attempting something a little more visually interesting. Is it actually more complicated? No, it’s really not. I’m going to work with Turkish folds and their collapsibility. Turkish folds probably have as much folding as a standard fold for accordion books, but they look much more different than a typical book, and that’s what I want to play with. After this project, I want to try and make the areas which “pop-out” even bigger, or make the design a bit more complicated to allow for even more sheets of paper to be added? Overall, I’m going to fill my pages with various drawings, polaroids, doodles, ticket stubs, pressed flowers…I haven’t exactly figured it all out yet, but it’s going to be handled tastefully and simply so as to NOT overwhelm the viewer.