Memory Bank Completed

I began this week by finishing the folding of all the outer locking panels.

The image above shows the set of panels for Memory Bank V.

I designed some templates for the cutting patterns, and actually took the time to do a test before rushing ahead with piercing and cutting the final locking panels.

The test worked fine so I went ahead.

I pierced a hole at each end of the lines I wished to cut, then cut between the holes.

Strips were cut from the leftover bits of backed map book pages.

Here’s the first strip on a panel viewed from inside a locking panel.

This is the completed set of panels for Memory Bank V before inserting the second part. (See this post for an explanation of the locking panel construction.)

Ta-dah! Memory Bank completed.

Then I had to build a box.

I keep saying I should design my work to fit pre-existing carton sizes, but I never do.

In other book art news:

Letterform Archive is offering a number of online classes. There’s even one on modern type design. You can find more information here.


If you have designed a bold version of a font in the workshop mentioned above, MyFonts has some tips on best practices for its use in text. Find out more by downloading bold-type-in-text.


In what is, I presume, the final post in his series Five Essential Bookbinding Tools, Jeff Peachey makes his own selection. He also includes a short history of the Olfa knife, a tool chosen by many of the binders whose selections were posted.


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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6 Responses to Memory Bank Completed

  1. Judith Hoffman says:

    I really like the idea of the memory bank. Nice to to be thinking back to good memories too. Well, I hope they were good memories. I guess travel is always mixed, some good, some not so good. I am wondering about the map book you refer to above. Would you know the title of the book? I’d love to find one. Someone sent me some map scraps for collage and I really like the colors and the way some of the town names are in colored panels.


    • Byopia Press says:

      The not-so-good bits often make the best stories later.
      ; ]
      The book is a road atlas of Britain. You might be able to find an old one in a used book store or online. Mine was A5 and paperback. Old school atlases are sometimes available too.


  2. Judith Hoffman says:

    Yes, you’re right, the not-so-good bits are the stories that get retold the most. I feel sort of boring saying “it was so amazing.” But yeah, the time we got on the wrong train and headed to the wrong city, that gets visited often. Although I tell that to partly say how incredibly nice people are in England. Really for the most part so thoughtful.

    Thanks for the atlas info. I think I found one on eBay. (-:


    • Byopia Press says:

      We have always found that if you stand still in an English village for more than two minutes — especially if it is raining— someone will come up to you and offer assistance. We have been offered places to stay, transport, and meals. Once or twice we have had offers of future rescue (do we look like we’ll need it?!): “Here’s my mobile number. Do call if you need any kind of help.’
      Ah,those cold, reserved English.
      ; ]


  3. Judith Hoffman says:

    Yes, reserved indeed. In the three weeks we were there, we came across one grumpy person. And I think it was justified. We were blocking his way in a tiny post office. I knew from living in San Francisco that it can be frustrating when people are gawking and blocking your path to run errands. Otherwise people went out of their way to be nice. When we were on the wrong train they made an unscheduled stop at the next station to let us out. Everyone was sympathetic. (-:

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