A Blaze of Glory

In 2013 I had an exhibition of installation works —Word View— at the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon. One of the works was titled Flowery Language and consisted of the definition pages from a two volume set of the World Book Encyclopaedia Dictionary cut, folded, and assembled into flowers, plus the coloured introductory pages cut into leaves. The piece was installed by gluing the parts to plinths with starch paste.

At the end of the show the work had to be removed from the plinths. Rather than throwing all those hours of cutting and folding in the trash, I kept the remains (two large garbage bags full) with the intention of burning them on one of our brush piles.

We live in a rural area where the burning of large piles of branches is permissible. It’s a good idea to notify all your neighbours and the fire department in advance when doing this so you don’t end up paying for visitors who arrive with lights flashing and sirens blaring. It’s also advisable to wait for the proper conditions to burn safely. We live in a normally rather dry part of the world so ideal conditions include little or no wind and snow cover on the ground, but not on the brush pile. As an indication of the infrequency of that particular combination, one of the brush piles David had built was begun in 2012.

Last Wednesday the weather and snow were just right. David added the remains of Flowery Language to the smaller of the two brush piles. Here are some pictures from the afternoon conflagration.

I took a lot of pictures: perhaps there will be a book some day.

I’ve been working on another piece, tentatively called Memory Maps. I have been piercing patterns in squares of YUPO and then stitching them. The designs are based on maps of places I have lived.

I hope to have more to show you next week.


In other book arts news:

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is currently showing an exhibition of asemic writing. The show runs until May 28, 2017. (The poster in the image above is Zygote Vinegar, A Masterpiece of Modern Martian Horror by Lin Tarczynski.)

Pineapple Falls… The Museum is on view in the Bower Ashton Library cases, University of Western England, Bristol. (Image is from a different Pineapple Falls event.) You can learn more about Pineapple Falls here.


In knitting news:

The vest is getting closer to completion. The next step is doing a three-needle cast off on the shoulders.

After that comes the scary cutting of the steeks! If I seem to have taken an exceptionally long time reaching this point, it’s because I have simultaneously been knitting a half dozen shawls/scarves.

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 A Blaze of Glory

  1. Verónica says:

    The dictionary page flowers are beautiful.

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  2. lcmt says:

    Is it weird that I envy you for your bonfire? My mother used to be able to burn small amounts of dry garden detritus in an old barbecue pit, but for many years now we are strictly forbidden from doing so. And yet the provider of a local utility is allowed to ignore the repair and maintenance of its aging infrastructure and drop live power lines into people’s backyards, setting them on fire. 😀 Thank you for mentioning the Minnesota show and flashing my work to everyone.

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    • Byopia Press says:

      Controlled bonfires are lovely and just the right amount of excitement. Unexpected burning of backyards ignited by power lines doesn’t sound nice at all! Glad to show your work on my blog. ; ]

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