Square Dance

I recently received confirmation for a solo exhibition —tentatively titled Square Dance—opening in September 2020 at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon. Half the proposed works in the show will be wall pieces like Moody Blues

and In Winter.

Although these works are designed for wall display, I still think of them as books since they have pages with content and can be folded like an accordion.

Much of my time over the past two weeks has been spent cutting and folding paper in preparation for the first of the new pieces.

Stacks of cut paper on the downstairs workbench.

A marked square and a folded base unit.

Some more folded base units.

Test attachment of the two-part locking mechanism to a base unit.

I am actually working on parts for two pieces, so by the time I finished all the base units and locking panels I had cut and folded 378 pieces of paper. I cut the 220 connecting pieces, but when I began folding them I realised that I was developing quite tender points on some of my fingers. Blisters under my calluses?! I decided to take a break and work on another aspect of the project.

Much of the paper I plan to use will be decorated with paste paper techniques and/or block printing. I have started to prepare or collect some things to use for those purposes.

The following two plates were made using foam letters from the dollar store.

Block with reversed lettering for direct printed or paste papers.

Block for transfer printing. (A gel plate is inked, then the block is used to lift some of the ink, then the gel plate is printed. I will trim the projecting letters before using the plate.)

I have also been collecting things to make textures or all-over patterns.

Found pattern plates.

Mark making objects.

Busy, busy, busy.  ; ]

In other book news:

Su Blackwell, paper artist extraordinaire, has launched a Kickstarter for a very special book project. (I am a backer.) You can read about her project on her Kickstarter page. I really hope she is successful in raising the funds the project requires, so even if you don’t wish to sign up yourself, please pass the word to anyone who might be interested.

It’s almost worth being on Instagram just to follow the British Library posts. Every once in a while they put up a small animation based on a book in their enormous collection. Like this one, that appeared a few days ago.

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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7 Responses to Square Dance

  1. congratulations for this solo exhibition Cathryn!!!!


  2. wendyfe says:

    Congratulations, Cathryn! This is a wonderful achievement! And a fabulous project to pass the time during that Jeezely Cold spell. I am so looking forward to more WIP posts , so glad you can share them


  3. Congrats on the solo show. Looking forward to seeing the pix.


  4. AWesome news! Looking forward to watching you bring it all together. Absolutely love the In Winter piece. Inspiring. LIke you, I have a thing about squares. Really lovely.

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