… and done.

I finally finished Nurture, not Nature! Here’s a quick shot of it on the bench.

The assembly went relatively quickly once I worked out a satisfactory system. I sewed on panels first,

then stitched the three-menko strip between them. The image below shows the strip sewn to the left-hand panel, but not the right.

Then the long menko strip was attached up the side.

The final step was installing eyelets for the same mounting system I have used in some of my previous works.

My single-hole punch doesn’t reach into the centre of a menko, so I made a template and marked holes in three of the top row of menko.

Then I hand cut the holes and inserted the eyelets. The image shows just the first half pushed through the hole.


Now on to the last piece for my Square Dance exhibition, Inheritance.

In other book arts news:

If you are interested in the history of calligraphy and type design, you might enjoy this well-illustrated —twenty-six images— article from The Public Domain Review.


With so many people going back to school this month, it seems like a good time to re-visit one of my DIY book covers.

The cover is adaptable to any thickness, from an exercise book to a hardcover textbook. You will find the instructions here.

In other local news:

It is most definitely fall, and the temperatures have returned to seasonal normals. The colours of the prairie autumn are beginning. Here are some pictures of our place. (The light is a little odd because we have been having smoke haze from the West Coast fires. The sun in the last picture was photographed at about 6:30 PM yesterday, through a combination of haze and thin cloud.)

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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6 Responses to … and done.

  1. Hilke Kurzke says:

    Congratulations on finishing Nurture, not Nature!
    I really like the visual of it, and feel especially drawn to the look of the rusted needle marks. I have been loosely, admittedly, following its creation, but I don’t fully understand what it is and how it works. I thought it would be folded and moving, and now you are speaking of hanging it? So is it a hung piece after all? Or maybe is just has both functions?
    And is something to be discovered inside these folded squares? … I must have missed some of the descriptions because it is as much a mystery to me what it is and how it handles as it was in the start 🙂 But a beautiful mystery! I wish I could handle and discover it better.


    • Byopia Press says:

      It certainly took me long enough! ; ]
      Glad you like it.
      It is a wall piece, but it can be folded like an accordion. There is nothing inside the menko. I saved that for the next piece, ‘Inheritance’. More about that one on Sunday.

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  2. Wonderful! I love the use of rust dyed paper. And that it’s not quite symmetrical. I wish I could see these in person. Congratulations!

    Your smoke looks terrible. Here in Oregon we’re expecting a heat inversion next week. I am worried the fire season isn’t over yet.


    • Byopia Press says:

      The rust dyed designs are actually reproductions of rust-dyed designs as iron oxide eats paper fairly quickly!
      ; ]
      The smoke wasn’t the worst we have ever experienced —some years we get terrible smoke from fires in the north— but pretty amazing since it came from fires in California and Oregon! We are keeping our fingers crossed for everyone on the West Coast.

      What a terrible year! (And it is not over yet… )


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