The Elements Complete

I finished the remaining three works for The Elements this past week.

Things went fairly quickly and smoothly since I had pre-cut all the paper. I did have to quit work early on several really hot days. Thursday was the last day with a heat warning, but it looks like more of the same ahead.

Here are all four completed pieces —Air, Water, Earth, Fire— from the front,

and from the back.

They have been packed up in the same box as Memory Bank and are now safely tucked away under Ko-Ko, the guillotine. (I have added the missing T, having noticed it when processing the image!)

The blog also passed a milestone of sorts this week.

In other book arts news:

Susan Padberg’s Galerie Druch & Buch (Vienna) is celebrating its twenty-five year anniversary with an on-line exhibition. Clicking on an image on the linked page will take you to a video page-through of the work.


The Public Domain Review has posted an interesting article: Primary Sources/A Natural History of the Artist’s Palette. The article is well-illustrated, with many of the images coming from books.


This recent post, A Finite View of Infinity: Stargazing in Getty’s Rare Book Collections is worth a look. It’s a short piece with some pictures to show a bit of the history of astronomical illustration. The image above is my favourite: “A finite view of infinity,” artist unknown. Engraving, etching, and mezzotint. Thomas Wright, An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (London 1750), plate 31.

In knitting news:

There was a treat for me in the mail this week —a ‘husky’ skein of the Agra Fort colourway— from The Blue Brick.

It goes into the stash for now. It is far too warm most evenings to sit with wool in my lap.

In other news:

David commented on how short our shopping list was on Friday. This would be why.

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 Elements Complete

  1. wendyfe says:

    Great post, Cathryn. And congrats on the project- a labour of brainy love❤️. Also: I loved the Philip Ball link and finally ordered his book on colour as a result. Thank you for the rich inspiration of these posts


  2. “Elements” is brilliant. Will write to you offline about it. Cheers, BobB


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