Moving Right Along

If you have been following this blog for a while you may recall that I spent several weeks early in 2019 backing paper for use in works for my September 2020(?) exhibition Square Dance at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon. Some of the paper I backed was map pages from an English road map guide.

The pages selected for backing all contain locations I have been to in England, mostly on foot, but some by bicycle or train and a few by car. The next step will be to turn the maps into 3-dimensional objects based on this structure.

Work began this week. I have trimmed one edge straight on every page so that I have a reference for cutting the parts.

Here are some folded bases: six for each cube.

Things should look much more interesting by next Sunday!


I did finish my contribution for #areyoubookenough_machine and posted it on April 30th.

Here is the Indesign layout for the disc with the instructions.

These are the little circular labels for various bits. The top two went on the side and are only visible one at a time.

I had hoped to operate the extension mechanism by sliding the outer (orange) sleeve, but it would have required a handle or more thickness to make it possible to get sufficient grip. It did slide nicely, but was hard to get started.

I resorted to my fall-back position and put a handle on the back. When you pull on the handle it moves the orange sleeve so that you can choose either Optimist or Pessimist for your ‘focal length’.

This is one of the four words you can read through the ‘optical port’.

You can see more images on my Instagram feed here. If you would like to see other people’s amazing entries, you can find them at #areyoubookenough_machine.


I have had a recent spike in viewers here due to another wave of interest in the Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book. It occurred to me that some of the simpler variations I have posted might make nice Mother’s Day presents for those celebrating next Sunday.

Instructions for a three pocket wallet like the one below are in two posts: here and here.

Adaptations for a larger five pocket variant are included in the second post.

If you (or your mother) would prefer to work from a pre-printed pre-cut kit, there’s this lovely Spring coloured one from Paula Krieg.

It comes with instruction videos and can be purchased on Etsy.

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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