And On To The Next

The last (at least for the moment) of the bi-coloured menko works —Mademoiselle de Maupin— is complete.

I have moved on to another paper quilt using a different structure, based on my re-invention of the ‘Shrigley’ binding.

The first step was cutting and folding the edges of twenty-five squares for the base units.

The units will be sewn together, so pre-punching stitching holes is necessary. I began with the upper left square, piercing holes in the right and bottom folds using a template.

Then it got more complicated. The holes in the adjacent squares must match exactly. I reversed the fold on the left edge of the second-from-left square in the top row and placed the unit back to back with the first square, matching the folds. Using the holes in the right- edge fold of the first (now the top layer) unit as a guide, I punched the holes in the left-side fold of the second unit. (My editor says the description does not need this level of detail, but I want you to appreciate how complicated it is!)

When I had done the matching holes across the entire top row, I sewed the units together. So far, so good.

Now I just have to repeat the process perfectly another thirty-one times.

Since the units get quite a bit of handling while I am making the holes and doing the sewing, I have marked each one in the upper left corner so I can keep track of both position in the piece and orientation.

I also tested that I can make the corner folds after sewing. It turns out that the stitch where the corners meet actually makes it easier to do this step accurately!

The piece I am working on will be titled G is for Geography, and is an adaptation of an artist’s book by the same name. You can read about its first iteration here.

Here are a couple of the map ‘pages’ laid out for printing.

I will also be printing stamps separately. They will be cut out and attached individually.

This is a digital approximation of the finished work. The diamonds at the corner junctions will be cut from a world map.

Oh, and there will be embroidery as well.

In other book arts news:

Next weekend seems to be a big one for Art Book Fairs. Here are four of them. Perhaps one of them will be close enough for you to attend.

In Seoul, South Korea:

Further information for Unlimited Edition 11 can be found here.


In Buenos Aires, Argentina:

More info can be found on the Buenos Aires website.


In Bergen, Norway:

The Bergen Art Book Fair website can be found here.


In, Chicago, U.S.A.:

Information about exhibitors and events can be found 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 And On To The Next

  1. judith hoffman says:

    Cathryn I really like your map idea. It’s interesting to see the steps and how you think about the process so I don’t think there was too much explanation. And this line makes me laugh “Oh, and there will be embroidery.” But wait, there’s more! So much detail, so many little things to tend to. I am impressed at how much work you get done. Very good!


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