A Little Bit About A Lot Of Things

I am currently working on two projects which I can’t show you as they are planned entries in a juried competition. In the unlikely event that one or other of the jurors should stumble across this blog, it would rather destroy the “anonymous” aspect of the jurying process.

I can show you a stack of English map pages that I have backed. I am about half way through backing pages I selected from an English road map book.

I chose the pages because I have been somewhere —mostly on foot— on every page. The backed pages will be the main part of one of my paper quilts for Square Dance, my solo exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in 2020.

The top map shown above is one of the exceptions to the ‘on foot’ majority: it was a trip by car during our first ever walking holiday in Britain. We were making a five day circuit around part of North Wales. We had planned to stay with Mrs. Williams on the third night, but there was an illness in her family so she passed us on to another Mrs. Williams. The second Mrs. Williams (there seemed to be a lot of B&B hostesses in Wales named Mrs. Williams) did not live on our route so she came to fetch us by car at the end of the day.

At breakfast Mrs. Williams discovered that we had come all the way to Wales from Canada, but were not planning to visit the island of Anglesey. She thought this was terrible as she was from Anglesey and knew it to be quite the most beautiful part of Wales, so before dropping us back on our walking route the next morning, she drove us to and around the island. This meant we got to pass through the place with the second longest place name in the worldLlanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.

The name’s origin is a bit unusual. The village was originally called Llanfairpwll, but legend has it that with the advent of tourism in the second half of the 1800s, a local tailor (some sources say cobbler) came up with the new name —the longest in the British Isles— as a publicity stunt. Apparently it was successful.

Anglesey was lovely, and I was relieved that I had left a £10 note on the dresser in our room for Mrs. William’s time and petrol before I knew about the drive to Anglesey.

Back to work: I am considering reviving/re-interpreting my small alphabet book G is for Geography as a quilt. Here are some of the map images.

There is also an alphabetical collection of stamps.

I am also trying to think of a way to use a lovely set of architectural drawings of some buildings in Cambridge, UK.

This week I tried out my new bone folder from bonefolder.com.

It worked well but I think it will be even better with a padded handle.

In book arts news:

On Friday I posted a couple of flicks about Asian calligraphy. Today I would like to feature the abstract black-letter-based work of American calligraphy artist Jake Rainis. This is a detail of a work you can see more of on Behance.

You can also find videos of him working on his Instagram account.

There’s another Kickstarter project that might interest some readers: The Tiny Type Museum.

Although this project has closed after being successfully funded, I am hoping that the e-book which is one of the rewards will eventually be made available to non-participants.

Su Blackwell’s Kickstarter is still open and in need of backers.

As a huge fan of Su Blackwell’s work, I have backed this project. It would be wonderful if she reached her funding goal. Please check it out at the link above the pictures.

In knitting news:

I had hoped to post pictures of two recently finished pieces, a bolero jacket and a shawl, but either it has been too jeezley cold for outdoor photography, or it has been snowing, or I have been in bed (except when in the bathroom) with the nasty gastrointestinal bug that is doing the rounds. Here are some detail shots I posted on Instagram.

The bolero before blocking.

The new shawl. The lace pattern is my adaptation of a pattern from the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida.

I hope to post full images next Sunday.

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 A Little Bit About A Lot Of Things

  1. wendyfe says:

    Gad, this is a good read, Cathryn! Thank you for the inspiration


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