Inheritance/Nurture, not Nature

I’ve been working on two new pieces this week involving a combination of printed panels and folded two-part menko.

Some of the papers I am using are my hand made ones. The coloured one above contains asparagus fibre and delphinium petals.

I am also using some backed sewing pattern paper and some Asian papers. My hand made paper on the left below contains cattail leaves and petals of aster and chrysanthemum.

Here are some of the completed menko. (The weather has been very warm, so folding menko makes a better evening activity than knitting.)

The panels (and more yet-to-be-folded menko) for Nurture, not Nature will have rust prints digitally reproduced with an archival pigment printer.

I am also planning to use real pins in the finished work.

A little bit of play with pins.

The second work, Inheritance, will use snaps and hook-and-eye fasteners. I am pretty sure some of the smallest ones date back to my grandmother.

I hope to have one of the works, if not both, finished by the end of the week. There will be more images next Sunday whatever happens!

In other book arts news:

The ARKIR Book Arts Group is currently showing a textile book art exhibition –SPOR | TRACES– at the Textile Museum in the village Blönduós, North-west Iceland.

The image above is from sporganga by Áslaug Jónsdóttir. The full online catalogue (text in Icelandic and English) can be found here.


Although not book art as such, the text-based works in Greed’l Get You by Calgary-based artist John Will is certainly related. You can read more about it in a Galleries West article.


Fontsmith recently published the third issue of TypeNotes which has been made available for free download by Monotype. (Monotype acquired Fontsmith in February of this year.) You can read an introduction and download the issue here or just download TypeNotes_Issue3. It is an exceptional publication and even if you aren’t obsessed with type you will find interesting articles.


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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