Books in Bottles

While we were in England this spring, I met Hilke Kurzke at the Turn the Page Book Arts Fair in Norwich. She passed along #60 in her Message in a Bottle Project. David and I then carried it about a thousand kilometres around England on our tandem bicycle before bringing it home to be dispatched into the South Saskatchewan River. We launched the bottle on June 15.

Here is a picture of the tandem on the riverbank with our assistant Beeston holding the bottle.

Here’s a close-up of the bottle

and a picture of me just after throwing it.

The bottle didn’t make it very far down the river. It was “found” just minutes later. (This was not surprising as the area is frequented by people exercising their dogs.)

We were delighted to be able to participate. If you are interested in learning more, there is an article in the most recent issue of the Book Arts Newsletter about the project (starts on page 12) and you can read about bottle #60 on Hilke’s project blog here and here. If you are in England this summer, Hilke will be posting launch locations on her blog in advance, so you could get to meet her and see a launch, or you could get an idea where you might find a bottle.

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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3 Responses to Books in Bottles

  1. Thanks for placing a bottle in a part of the world where I am not likely to be any time soon. I’ll be curious to see whether we will hear some more about this bottle!

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    • Byopia Press says:

      It would be interesting if the finder does add something and puts it back in the river. It might get to travel a bit farther this time. ; ]

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      • I agree, that would be interesting. I have a little less than 50% respondence rate from my bottles – the possibility that if it gets further next time it is completely lost is not low. But that is what keeps messages in bottles interesting – every chance comes with a risk 🙂

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