Keeping On Keeping On

I am making progress, though slowly.

The Girl in the Golden Atom is now in its final stage, but a number of processes were required to get this far. I finished folding the spacer menko, and inserted them in the correct places in the layout.

Since I want the piece to function on a purely visual basis, I then spent a couple of days fiddling with the colour balance of the piece, swapping the locations of some of the menko or switching them for completely different ones.

I found this process was simplified by taking snapshots of the work so that I could get a better overall view of it.

I also made some decisions without pictures. This involved standing on a stool at the end of my work table and staring morosely.

Eventually I decided it was done and inserted the code. David helped me proofread it.

I double checked the code after assembling the bottom two rows and found three mistakes. The whole thing will definitely need proofreading again after I have it all assembled.

I expect fewer mistakes as I progress, since the area I am working in is becoming less crowded, and I am less likely to accidentally shift the orientation of menko in the row above the one I am assembling.

There are 225 menko in the piece. All four sides have to be opened and closed to lay in the support threads. I estimate that the total assembly time (not including going back and making corrections) will be eight hours.

The graphic below gives the location of the support threads in the piece.

In other book arts news:

If you are in New South Wales, Australia, and are interested in the book arts, you may still be able to book tickets for events at Bind 19.

You can find program and booking information here.

If I were going, I would certainly want to attend the Saturday morning talk by Barbara Schmelzer, Hinged Parchment Binding as per Fra Edgard Claes.

If you are unable to attend the talk, but are interested in learning more about the Piano Hinge Binding in Parchment (and can read German), you might want to purchase this book by Edgard Claes on the structure.

Copies may be ordered through Benjamin Elbel’s site, Bookbinding Out of the Box .

Here is a review of the book (in English, with French subtitles) from Benjamin Elbel.


I used a form of piano hinge binding in my piece Double Entendre. You can read about that work here.

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 Keeping On Keeping On

  1. dinahmow says:

    I used to wonder at how a mind could be boggled. Now, I think I know!
    I used to learn a technique, do it a few times and it was secure in my memory…but these days, I’m finding it harder and have to re-learn so many simple things. Even the origami crane!


    • Byopia Press says:

      I recently had to look up an origami fold. The original post has disappeared from the web but I found it on my own blog, which apparently is now functioning as a partial substitute for a working memory.
      ; ]

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