Rust Prints and Playtime

I finished the last of the straight-pin rust prints this week. I ironed the prints and then scanned them.

The last step (for now) was to process the images in Photoshop.

I plan to use the images to print pattern squares for a paper quilt. Other squares will have stitched patterns based on the outlines of these scissors.

The large black-handled scissors on the left were my mother’s. The stork embroidery scissors are mine, but are duplicates of a pair my maternal grandmother owned. The two thread snips are mine and were used a lot when I was a weaver. The right-hand scissors belonged to my maternal grandmother. One of my tasks for this week will be making outlines of the scissors closed and open. The outlines will be used for stitching patterns.

I have been considering using this lovely hand-dyed stranded cotton for the stitching.

It was a gift from a sister-in-law, and comes from 21st Century Yarns in Kingham, Oxfordshire, England. The company dyes a wide range of fibres and fabrics.

You can see their range here.


I began a new game with #guylainelab this week. This month’s project involves photography. From Guylaine’s instructions (Google translation from French):

Experiment 4 will ask you to play the archaeologist in a forgotten area of your environment. everyone has a drawer or a box of things that can not be stored/sorted out but that is kept. Do you have that? this is what you will need for this experiment.

choose 5 or 7 objects from this forgotten area. choose them for their diversity and their relationship with each other… and play!

you will have to make 5 pictures per day on the following topics:

day 1 = uncertainty
day 2 = protocol
day 3 = imprint
day 4 = darkness
day 5 = effervescence

in total, you will have at least 25 images, or more if you want to exploit other themes. you will have at the end a wide range to make a summary version if you wish. it is the approach, the study of the subject is important, not the result.

I have done the first three so far.

Uncertainty: (more images here)

Protocol: (more images here)

Imprint: (more images here)

You can see what others have been doing by going to #guylainelab on Instagram.

In other book arts news:

If you will be in or near Berlin on the first weekend of May, you might want to attend MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival 2019.

From the website:

Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair brings together a wide selection of the most interesting artists/authors, artist periodicals and art publishers and is accompanied by a series of lectures, discussions, book launches and workshops exploring the boundaries of contemporary publishing and the possibilities of the book.

In conjunction, the annual Conceptual Poetics Day explores the imaginary border between visual art and literature.

Founded in 2009, MISS READ is Europe’s Art Book Festival, dedicated to community-building and creating a public meeting place for discourse around artists’ books, conceptual publications and publishing as practice. In 2018 MISS READ is gathering 263 exhibitors.

Since 2017, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair takes place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

In knitting news:

I have begun the border on the white cotton shawl. There are pattern stitches in every row (and each row is longer than the preceding one) so my progress has slowed considerably.

Finally, just because I had my camera handy, a photo of my Lovely Assistant Kemuri in a rather un-cat-like (though not uncommon) position.

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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