It’s Too Darn Hot

It’s actually quite cool this morning, and yesterday wasn’t too bad, but most of the week had temperatures around 30ºC. It was too hot to work with folding paper in the daytime —my hands sweat at that temperature— so I did some printing instead.

These papers are for a future project to be completed after everything is finished for my solo exhibition Square Dance. They will be turned into more two-part menko for another paper quilt, so the work will be a continuation of my current explorations of the square.

The pigment printed pages are an alternative to paste papers. Some of the colours were designed on the computer, while others were created by adjusting printer settings.

The papers are now resting temporarily, face down, in a cardboard case to flatten the curl.

For those worried about acidity transfer, they won’t be there long.

I also did some tests on the laser printer. I successfully over-printed on a page from a donated Encyclopædia Britannica. The paper is extremely thin, but my Ricoh handled it nicely. (It has a special setting for thin papers.) The image above shows full colour, while the one below was done with the Economy setting.

I also reproduced some of the rust prints using the laser printer.

A tiny bit of work for the show did get done. I colour-sorted the previously folded menko,

and spent two more evenings folding more to make up slightly more than the total number I need. (The extras are in case of ‘accidents’.)

I also took some measurements and did a little more final planning.

In book arts news:

I thoroughly enjoyed this article from Among other things, it has provided me with yet another reason to celebrate the seventh day of the seventh month.


In knitting news:

There were a few evenings towards the end of the week when it was cool enough to sit with knitting in my lap. I have finally reached the lace border on a cotton top after what seems like several miles of stocking stitch. (The lace pattern is my own design.)

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than thirty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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2 Responses to It’s Too Darn Hot

  1. dinahmow says:

    Always some much more to explore from your posts! Saved for later as I MUST re-pot an enormous Bat Plant (Taca) before it splits its pot,


    • Byopia Press says:

      Good luck! We once had an extremely large avocado plant which committed suicide by bursting its pot sometime early in the night. The roots had completely dried out by morning and it was beyond saving.


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