Sumer is icumin in

We have gone from Winter, through Spring, and into Summer in a very short time this year. I define Spring as the time between the last snow and the first mosquitoes. We now have the bugs (mosquitoes and ticks) and after April’s temperatures running about 10 degrees below normal, forecast temperatures for the next week are about 10 degrees above normal.

I hardly had time for Spring Fever, but I have been sidetracked again. After all that paper folding, I am now designing paper toys for possible inclusion in an exhibition and sale in Montréal next autumn.

From the Call for Entry:

Your Papertoys project : All parts of the Papertoy must be printed on paper, cardboard or any other material of 8,5 x 11 in.
that are easy to cut, fold and assemble. Plan pages must include assembly instructions. Once finished, the Papertoy must not be bigger than 20 x 20 x 20 cm.

I’m not sure that the curator is looking for political commentary but my designs seem to all head in that direction. First, there’s Justinocchio.

When assembled the toy has a triangular cross section, and the bottom is a rocker panel following the curve of the green oval. This permits the toy to tip from side to side indecisively. The nose will be 3D, and adjustable in length.

I have also designed a version of an old paper Punch and Judy show.

The puppets:

There will be an image of earth from space for the backdrop. I am hoping to figure out a mechanism that will slide the figures towards and away from each other with a single lever.

I haven’t completely forgotten about paper folding: I treated myself to some proper origami paper.

I also test folded some ‘spinning blades’. (I found the instructions when I was researching paper toys on line, looking for inspirations.) This image is from the video:

You can follow the instructions here.

Because it is turning into Summer, I took spent some time taking pictures.

Siberian Almond

Buffalo Bean


Nanking Cherry

Sage and Chives


Pasture and Poplars

The Garden Path

David’s Left Boot (after planting in dust yet again)

The Lovely Assistant turned Ferocious Hunter

In knitting news:

I lucked out at a Mother’s Day Yarn sale. I got some Geilsk yarn (65% wool/35% hemp) at 30% off. Perfect for a light weight garment for cooler summer evenings. The sweater is about 2/3 complete.

I also bought some Malabrigo at 50% off!

Whenever that turns into something, I’ll share pictures.


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 Sumer is icumin in

  1. dinahmow says:

    Oh! My wicked half is loving these politicised paper toys!


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