Along with my longstanding love of alphabet books and typography, I have had a life-long fascination with maps. When I decided that it would be fun to participate in a book swap on the bookartsforum with the theme of “my town”, a map-based book seemed the obvious choice.

I purchased a copy of a planning and development map for the city of Saskatoon (I live just south of the city) for a nominal fee, and created the kind of map/brochure that one gets in places like national parks and other tourist destinations.

I wrote short pieces of text about my house and my neighbourhood, and about the things to be found there. I included photographs of plants and birds and animals, and the scanned pages from a birdwatcher’s field guide on which we have recorded species identified on our property and the year first seen. I used aerial photos of our property, and pictures (taken from the then-new railway overpass) of stages in construction of the commercial development springing up between where I live and the rest of the city.

I also added a second Legend to the pre-printed side of the map, and used coloured stars and stickers to indicate places of personal importance in the city.

The original map came as a large roll of paper twice the width of my printer. I wanted the sheet to fold into an odd number of sections so that it would have the standard proportions of a commercial map, with part of my printed side as the top page when the cover was opened.

This meant multiple folding and re-folding of the sheet and careful alignment in the printer each time so that the columns would print correctly. I did several test prints, and in the end the spacing worked out at least as neatly as commercially printed pamphlets usually do! (Have I mentioned how much I hate ‘learning experiences’?)

The map closes with a traditional map fold — accordion fold, then fold in thirds — and is mounted in a two-flap cover held closed by an interlocked strip.

As a bonus for this week, here’s a hand drawn copy of the oldest map of Jerusalem from Maggie Koerth-Baker’s new blog.

And for all of you involved in the book arts, Happy Wayzgoose!


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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5 Responses to Maps

  1. Jade Quek says:

    I love the interlocked strip with which you closed the book. The picture is a little dark and/or I need to have more light but I found it a little difficult to discern how to fold the strip. Would you happen to have a crease diagram for that? Or is this a variation to Hedi Kyle’s belt strip? Thank you.
    Regards – Jade


    • Byopia Press says:

      Glad you like the strip closure! It has no relationship to Hedi Kyle’s belt structure. I designed it a number of years ago. Here’s a picture of a narrower version on another book.

      The strip crosses the back at an angle.


  2. Jade Quek says:

    Thank you! That is so wonderfully creative. I love that the strip does everything – folded, slotted and done!


  3. Pingback: How to make an interlocked band closure for books (and other things) | Byopia Press

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