Sending Off The Paper Toys

The big project for this week was printing, packaging, and mailing off my paper toys for the exhibition in Montréal.

I will post information about opening hours and location when I have them, or you could contact Arprim.

372, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, # 426
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H3B 1A2
(514) 525-2621

My solution to the display packaging problem —each sheet needed to be individually packed— was to buy the cheapest page protectors I could find at Staples. They can be hung from one of the three holes already provided at the side.

Some of you will have noticed the absence of the Punch and Punch Theatre in the preceding images. The curator decided that although she would love to have the piece in the show, the skill level required to assemble it was too advanced. (She tested it on her design students who had difficulty with it. The problem might have been lack of adequate hand skills or perhaps the card stock they printed the test model on was the wrong weight. It could have been both, complicated by working with instructions in a second language.)

I also had to re-make a sample of each toy and photograph the main steps for a small poster to accompany each toy.

I should have photographed the steps the first time around!

The parcel went in the mail on Friday.

I also had a meeting with Monique Martin about a joint project. She will be producing silk screened images of zinnias for the piece, and the structure for the book will be my modular accordion.

So far I have just been folding assorted papers to find out how large we can make each page. Blank squares aren’t particularly interesting to look at, so you will have to wait for a future post for images of the project.

Erik Kwakkel has a new post up on his blog, medievalbooks. He examines the layout of pages in medieval manuscripts using architectural analogies.

There’s an interesting article on the Great Canterbury Psalter on The psalter is of particular interest to those studying paintings in manuscripts. The illuminations were begun in England in the 12th century, but completed in the Catalonian workshop of Ferrer Bassa in the 14th century.

Robert Bolick posted this week about 43: Cuarenta y Tres by Lorena Velázquez. The book was inspired by the disappearance of 43 students from a teachers’ school near Iguala, Mexico in 2014. Velázquez frequently tackles difficult subjects in her artist’s books. Bolick’s post and the links he provides to some of her other works are definitely worth a look.

In garden news:

We had a hard frost Tuesday night so some things were rescued from the garden beforehand.

The frost killed the potato plants, so David spent several days digging potatoes. Once the tops are dead, the tubers don’t grow any more. The photos are of a variety called French Fingerling.

The sunflowers are almost over.

Earlier in the week we had lots of acorns. Then we had a family of blue jays, and now we have one acorn.

Although it isn’t in the garden, I am including a photo of my favourite lilac to show off its autumn colours. Most trees here go shades of yellow in the fall, so the lilac provides a little reminder of the glorious displays of my childhood autumns in Eastern Canada.

In closing this week, I am sharing a cartoon from Private Eye that a friend scanned and emailed to us. (Why should we be the only ones to suffer?)

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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3 Responses to Sending Off The Paper Toys

  1. What a wonderful post! Am looking forward, with great anticipation, to seeing zinnias on your modular accordion. I just love what you’ve been doing with these foldings of yours. OH , and your garden! Those cantaloupes look heavenly. We grew those French fingerlings one year, and they were very good, but found that we got greater satisfaction growing heftier potatoes. Can’t believe you already got a hard frost.It’s just now beginning to get chilly here at night. I am always so sad to see summer go.


    • Byopia Press says:

      The zinnia accordion won’t be finished for a while, as I am off on a holiday soon. (More about that on Sunday.) David grew seven different varieties of potatoes this year, so some are big and some are small and some are white fleshed and some are yellow, some are red inside and some are purple. ; ]


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