Working at one quarter speed …

It has been a slow-ish week again, so the panels and strips for Nurture, not Nature have not been printed yet. I did fold a test strip to finalize the size of the nine square panels so all the layouts have been completed and are ready to go. Here’s the design for the central panel, composed of four rust prints.

Upper left corner panel:

Centre bottom panel:

I also created a composite rust print design for another piece.

The work, tentatively titled … and still counting … , will have hawthorns stitched over an embroidered layer that will look like the image below.

I harvested the thorns from some dead hawthorn branches and sorted them by size. I will select from the ones below for stitching to the piece.

I have lots of thorns left over for some other works I am planning.

I have also been thinking about this month’s book arts challenge which is #areyoubookenough_mountain, so I did some volcano research.

In other book arts news:

John Neal Books has updated its list of online calligraphy classes. You will find the page with full listings here.


You can take a video tour of the All Sorts (No Licorice!) exhibition of artists’ books here.


Not strictly book arts, but certainly related, Paula Beardell Krieg’s recent post gives instructions for making a pouch/pocket out of a sheet of newsprint —”something from almost nothing”. I made one to test the instructions.

The pouch is shown holding one of my tests for Nurture, not Nature.

In garden news:

I love sunflowers. I post pictures of them regularly on Instagram as soon as they start blooming and we have bouquets in the house. David plants some, but the birds plant them too, so they grow all over the garden.

There are vegetables in that garden, but it was photographed to emphasize the extent of the sunflowers. To conclude, here’s a close-up of sunflowery wonderfullness.

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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