First Post, First Book

Since this is my first post, I thought I would talk about the first artist’s book I ever made. It is called joyride, and is an accordion (or leporello) in a matching sleeve.


It’s a small book ( 7.75 x 10.25 cm  when closed) inkjet printed on Canson Mi-Teintes paper in an edition of 20. The images are digitally manipulated photographs of tire marks that I photographed in a viewpoint parking lot in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia while on a trip to Vancouver in 2004. 

On that trip we had visited a friend who was an art student. Having just completed a class in Chinese decorative calligraphy, she said she had taken it because she wanted to learn how to make every possible kind of mark. That comment was the inspiration for the book.

I learned an important lesson when producing the edition of joyride: never start to print an edition until you have all the paper. The grey I had chosen ended up back-ordered and it took three months to complete the book.



About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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4 Responses to First Post, First Book

  1. Rhonda says:

    That’s lovely. (And I’ve never heard the term “leporello” before.)


    • Byopia Press says:

      Thanks! Leporello was Don Juan’s manservant. He kept a list of seduced women which kept growing, necessitating the addition of pages to the record book. An accordion works well for this. ; ]


  2. Oh, found you! The whole website looks refurbished, or am I mistaken?
    Having a copy of joyride here, I know what a lovely book it is. I very much like the grainy photographs, and the simplicity of the whole design.

    On a sidenote: Can I only comment while being logged in to some third-party service (wordpress, twitter, facebook, google)? I would rather like to comment with a link to my main site.


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