A Christmas Draw

It’s December already, so I thought I would offer readers three chances to win a copy of IF from the mini-edition I made for my exhibition Bookish. The text and illustrations are the same as the free printable version I posted in June of 2015, but this one is in accordion format.

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Friday Night Flicks: Calligraffiti — el Seed, Rajat Bhele, and Tubs

This week I am posting three short videos, giving you a chance to compare large works by three different calligraffiti artists. The style of each artist is quite distinct.





You could try your hand at a little lettering this weekend, though perhaps on a smaller scale.

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Although the books I produce under the Byopia Press imprint vary widely in format and style, there is one thing that I make on an annual basis. Every year since 2004, Byopia Press has produced at least one desktop calendar.  When I still did pre-Christmas craft sales, I used to design and print them in October, but the schedule is now a bit more relaxed.

The calendars take the form of cards that fit into a plastic case that opens to act as a display stand for month-at-a-time viewing. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: The Wonderland Book

Today’s flick is really just a long advertisement for a photo book, but what a book it is! Apparently I missed it going viral last year, so you may already have seen at least some of the images.



Kirsty Mitchell may be described by some people as a photographer. I think she is a remarkable visual artist who documents her artworks with a camera. You can see images of the editions of the book here.

A little escapism can be a good thing, so perhaps you will want to spend a few minutes this weekend having a closer look at some of Mitchell’s pictures.

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Bonus Post: Thanksgiving Book

Ginger Burrell has posted a lovely little DIY book you can make for Thanksgiving.

You can find the downloadable file and links to instructions on her blog, Midnight Musings.

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More Than Halfway

I have been opening The Persistence of Hope two afternoons a week since the beginning of November, so on Wednesday I passed the half way point of the experiment. I have improved the exterior signage, and I am getting a few more visitors. Since the big question on Wednesday was “How much does this cost?” I will add yet another sign this afternoon saying Free Admission.

I wore a different outfit this week:

I also played with the layout of the labyrinth in an attempt to make it look more welcoming. The angular format I began with seemed suited to the room when I laid it out, but I tried rounding the front a bit.

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Friday Night Flicks: A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into A Bar

Slightly book-related, in that it is about story-telling, today’s short video is a variation on the theme “Too many cooks …” told from a writer’s point of view.



Perhaps you will get to tell a story (uninterrupted) this weekend.

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DIY Grid Road Poems

In February of 2015 I wrote a post about my artist’s book Grid Road Poems.

The original edition is out of print, but to celebrate having posted 250 times (the number was reached with the most recent Friday Night Flicks) and my blog having received more than 25,000 views, I thought I would present a smaller version that you can make for yourself. Continue reading

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Bonus: Friday Night Sound Track

Leonard Cohen left us on Monday to take up permanent residence in the Tower of Song.

The lyrics of his 1988 song Everybody Knows seem stunningly appropriate this week.



Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
Thats how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that youve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows youve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
Thats how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that its now or never
Everybody knows that its me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when youve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old black joes still pickin cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the plague is coming
Everybody knows that its moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But theres gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that youre in trouble
Everybody knows what youve been through
From the bloody cross on top of calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows its coming apart
Take one last look at this sacred heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
Thats how it goes
Everybody knows

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Friday Night Flicks: Food Maps and Meet Illustrator Lucy Engelman

The Persistence of Hope is installed as a labyrinth (which is a kind of map), and the book I will be writing about on Sunday uses a map as a design source, so I thought today’s flicks should also be map-related.

Both short videos show alternative approaches to creating maps. The first is just for fun, and shows maps created by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves using food.

The second is a brief introduction to the work of illustrator Lucy Engelman.

Engelman’s work is included in the Gestalten publication Mind The Map: Illustrated Maps and Cartography. Maybe you will find a copy to look at this weekend, or perhaps you will just find your way from one place to another using a map.

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