It’s Canada, It’s Winter — Get Used To It

The title of today’s post is a quotation from former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation meteorologist Claire Martin. It seems appropriate.

The average low for this time of year is -7.5°C.

It’s good weather to be working on the annual Byopia Press Beeston calendar. Here’s a glimpse of last year’s.

David and I have selected 21 pictures of Beeston on holiday in the Lake District which I am whittling down to 13: one for the cover and one for each month. David had hoped that we could use this image —Beeston and me on a nice cobbled humpback bridge— for the cover,

but the proportions are wrong.

Creating the original template for the calendars was incredibly tedious, but now that there is an established layout it’s much easier. After selecting and sizing the images I just swap them for the pictures in last year’s layout (green pointy finger). Then I move the date blocks (yellow pointy finger) so that they match for the dates in 2018.

By the end of this week I hope to have all the calendars printed, cut, and wrapped.

I had a helpful email from Bella Chang Fong this week. She sent me a link to a back issue of The Guild of Book Workers Journal which contains Hedi Kyle’s written instructions for the Belt Fold. If you would like to try them out, I have a single page pdf here. If you would like to have a look at the whole issue (which also includes the instructions for the panel book in an article beginning on page 8) you can download a pdf here.  

In other book arts news:

I found a website with some excellent examples of paste papers. The text is in German, but Google Translate does an adequate job.

In knitting news:

I completed a silk shawl for an upcoming exhibition at the Hand Wave Gallery. It can be worn a number of ways:

buttoned up the front,

buttoned over the shoulder,

or buttoned up the back. Front view:

Back view:

It can also be worn unbuttoned as a shawl or scarf.

If you have been looking for the perfect gift for the knitter who has everything, I think I may have found it. There’s nothing to equal a hand plied, hand wound ball of sterling silver to complete someone’s stash.

Nice that they offer free shipping.

If you want to check out more of the Everyday Objects, you can find them here.




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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2 Responses to It’s Canada, It’s Winter — Get Used To It

  1. Hilke says:

    The paste paper page you linked to is by Tanja Karipides, I met her, made a book for her, and own some of her papers. She is a wonderful artist making the most stunning papers. The consistency with which she is producing her paper is most amazing to me, and they just all are so very beautiful in a pleasing range and combination of colour. Her speciality are her “speckled” paper which resemble different eggs. If you get the chance, do try to get your hands on a sheet.


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