Almost, but not really.

Sometimes things don’t happen according to plan.

July 7th is the official birthday of this blog. (Five years, thank you.) It is also the earliest date on which Tanabata —the Star Festival— is celebrated in Japan. Normally I post a star-themed DIY project on or close to this date. (You can find previous project posts here.)

Some of you will have read in an earlier post about my experiments with fan structures that could double as books. I thought it would be nice to do a fan (which relates to Japan) as the project for Tanabata this year, and decided that a simple folded fan would be better than the more complicated multi=part structures I had been playing with.



Perhaps it’s just that I am particularly fussy about how I want things to work, but a ‘simple’ folded fan turned out to be much harder to achieve than I expected. I want the fan to fold nicely without too much bulk, and I want it to be stable in the hand when open and in use.

These are the parts for the first version I tried. It does not open flat enough for the stabilizing bars that I planned to add.

This version comes closest, but it still needs a little fiddling.

As a result, there is no Tanabata project for you today. If you would like to try playing with the best version I have developed so far, the crease pattern is below. Or you can wait until next Sunday, by which time I hope to have beaten this project into submission.


I have also been working on a contribution to a project initiated by @aestusbookarts. The project was inspired by the 1964 Fluxkit made by George Maciunas: the theme is “being busy, overwhelmed, and trying to find work/school/family/life balance”.

As @aestusbookarts pointed out in her DM, there is a certain irony in asking some of the busiest people you know to participate in something with that focus. I am planning a set of decision making aids, so I can recycle or adapt elements from previous work. One component will be a version of a paper fortune teller.

Here’s the crease pattern. You can find instructions for making your own here.


In other book arts news:

You might enjoy reading a recent post by visual artist/book artist/blogger Hilke Kurzke. It is an interview with Sarah Roach, photographer and printmaker. It includes images of Sarah’s work.

A recent post on the wemadethis blog was written by a student on a work experience placement, learning about the graphic design industry.

Cameron’s post gives a small peek into his experience as a novice graphic designer.

In garden news:

David removed some rhubarb plants from a friend’s garden (at her request) so as well as rhubarb plants for our garden, we had freshly cut rhubarb. I made rhubarb chutney and rhubarb jam. The jam was the more successful of the two experiments.

It went very well with some chocolate knots out of the freezer for brunch this morning.

David has been mulching the garden to preserve the moisture we received in late June. This photo was taken earlier in the week. Some of the plants have already doubled in size. What a difference the rain makes.

This is a little volunteer lettuce by the garden gate.

David thinks he may have dropped a seed when he was planting. (You can see that the weeds are also doing well.)

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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1 Response to Almost, but not really.

  1. Check out Monique Lallier’s fan books. Maybe there’s an inspirational tip there. Good luck!


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