The Elements

This is the image for the Fire piece from my planned series The Elements.

I spent much of the week doing digital preparation and cutting paper for the four works.




Each of the images is divided into four panels which will form the ‘inside’ of an accordion-folding structure. The panels look like this:

The solid coloured corners get folded back and the final form will resemble my interlocking accordion based on the origami quilts of Tomoko Fuse.

I will also be cutting some patterns in the panels. I designed a symbol for each element. Left to right, they are Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. (Fire took a while before I was satisfied.)

Here are the cutting patterns cleaned up on the computer.

Creating the little 25 square patterns was enjoyable, so I spent several evenings playing with pencil and graph paper, trying not to repeat myself.

There is at least one repeat in the group above. If I could remember my high school math —permutations and combinations— I could tell you how many possible patterns there are. A simple computer program could generate all of them, but I wouldn’t have as much fun.

In other book arts news:

Peter Verheyen‘s Fish Skin Binders Bind-O-Rama is now complete.

The completed works —not all books— can be viewed here.


It is the season for TYPOGRAPHICS.

The events have all been moved online because of Covid-19.

You can find more information about the sellers and available items here.

In closing, here’s an image I call The Birdwatcher.

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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3 Responses to The Elements

  1. dinahmow says:

    I’m most taken with the bird watcher’s hide!


  2. Pingback: The Elements: Air | Byopia Press

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