The Girl in the Golden Atom

It has been another week of playing with menko. I completed The Girl in the Golden Atom.

Before sewing on the top row of menko, I inserted eyelets in the back of five of them. The eyelets will slip over nails in the wall to mount the piece.

When the work was completed, David helped me proofread the code. He read the code out and I marked the mistakes with small scraps of paper. There were eight mistakes in all. Proofreading is always a good idea. (David will proofread this post before I publish it.)

After The Girl in the Golden Atom was signed and dated and packed away safely, I began a third wall piece using menko. This one is called Ship of Fools.

When the layout was done, I went through the same steps I had followed in the previous pieces, removing some menko and replacing them with a different colour to indicate the spaces in the code.

I am still at the morose staring stage, and will only finalize the code after I am completely satisfied with the overall composition.


I had hoped to have a little DIY project ready for you this week, but assembly of The Girl in the Golden Atom took longer than I had estimated (about ten hours instead of eight), and a lot of time has been spent staring morosely at the Ship of Fools layout, so my gift isn’t ready.

I am particularly fond of this form of hexatetraflexagon which is constructed from one sheet of paper with no gluing required. Here’s my progress with developing a ‘book’ using the design: a rough layout with page numbers and orientations indicated, and a picture of Oscar Wilde divided in four.

I’ll try to have the whole thing ready for posting next week.

In other book arts news:

If you are a printmaker/bookartist living in the United States of America, you might want to enter work in Ink, Press, Repeat. You can find more information here.


Timothy Ely recently posted about his newest work, X-RAY. The post has lots of images and two short videos. You can find it here.


Alisa Golden has written two thoughtful pieces about looking at and evaluating art/craft.

I highly recommend taking the time to read My Guide for Looking at Art and Balance and Judgement in the Arts.

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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4 Responses to The Girl in the Golden Atom

  1. dinahmow says:

    When Tim Ely’s post popped up I noticed your avatar.And was not at all surprised that you “follow” his site!
    I’d love to see your Menko on the wall;bit far to go though!


  2. wendyfe says:

    Makes me think of the Paul Klee works I saw last winter


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