This and That

It has been another one of those weeks where I flitted from project to project without seeming to make much progress.

I am working on a pop-up book with Monique Martin but there isn’t much to look at yet. David and I made another batch of pesto. I wrote a course description and a student supply list for a workshop in the fall. I finished another gallon of wishing stars. I did some layout adjustments for a couple of books, a little bit of printing, and I did some research for Louise Levergneux.

Louise will be travelling across much of Canada in the next two weeks, photographing manhole covers along the way. I have found her some places where it might be relatively safe to stand and take pictures. The local big box shopping centre has a selection: square storm drains, generic manhole covers, and round ones with the city logo.

But I also found a treasure.I was delighted to locate (in this end of the city) an historic John East Iron Works cover.

The John East company was still in business when we moved here in 1974, but has been closed for many decades now. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the city maintenance crews will not upgrade that particular section of the sewer system before Louise gets a photograph!

Helen Hiebert recently had a paper sale and I bought three sheets of her watermark alphabet paper. (How could I resist?!) Here’s a close-up of a sheet photographed on top of black paper.

I don’t have a specific project in mind yet, but I thought it might work well in combination with debossed lettering. Since I have some wooden letters from the dollar store,

I tried an experiment with some of the smaller ones.

A softer paper would have worked better (I tried Legion Domestic Etching because it is one of my standard papers for making artist’s books), I should have put a softer layer under the paper so that there was more room for movement, and I should have finished drying the paper under weight. (I was too impatient.) I think the idea has potential.

Another learning experience … and I didn’t even hate it all that much!







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. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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