Unsquare Dance

I finished my entry for the #areyoubookenough_recycle November challenge.

I limited my choice of materials to some magazine pages (chosen by colour) and scraps of wrapping paper.

The structure is an accordion, made up of individual square folded pages joined by diamond-shaped connecting pieces held in place by square locking panels. It’s the same format I used in The Elements (Air shown below)

and in Memory Bank.

The panels are assembled like the ones in this book cover,

but with a much narrower hinge. (You can find instructions in this post. )

Here are three squares joined by two connectors.

I used templates for piercing and cutting the patterns for paper weaving.

Even with the templates I managed to mis-cut one of the patterns and had to go back to the magazine to find a replacement page!

The design was inspired by the text-based collages of Lydia Rink and the title comes from a 1961 Dave Brubeck composition that I have loved since it was first released.

To show the whole design, here are two shots. The top one displays the inside of the book, the bottom one shows the outside.

In other book arts news:

Letterform Archive has made available —for free— all nine of this year’s presentations. From the webpage:

The Letterform Lecture series complements Type West, our postgraduate certificate program in type design. In normal times we gather at the San Francisco Public Library where the talks are free and open to the public, but the series went online this spring in response to the pandemic. While we miss seeing you in person, the new format gives us a chance to reach our global audience in real time. Thanks to support from Adobe Fonts, recordings of these lectures are available to all within a few days after the event. As 2020 comes to a close we found it a good time to remember all the excellent talks from the year and give you quick access to those you missed.

The link in the quotation will take you to a page that shows all of the available lectures, so you can pick ones from previous years as well as those from 2020.


Rochester Institute of Technology students discovered lost text on 15th-century manuscript leaves using an imaging system they developed as freshmen. By using ultraviolet-fluorescence imaging, the students revealed that a manuscript leaf held in RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection was actually a palimpsest, a manuscript on parchment with multiple layers of writing.

You can read the full article here.

In other news:

December is fast approaching, and there will be a Byopia Press Advent Calendar again this year. The first, in 2017, was star-themed. The second was based on Containers, and last year was full of squares. I had originally planned to make the 2020 posts Container-based again, but I have changed my mind. It seems, in this rather unusual year, more appropriate to focus on Home as the theme. The posts in the 2020 Advent calendar will be full of stars and garlands and toys and games and little DIY books that you can make for yourself or to give to another. Some posts will be brand new, while others will re-visit some of my favourites from the past. I will try to stick to readily available tools and materials that you probably already have in your house.

The whole thing starts Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time (GMT -6) with this little star.


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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2 Responses to Unsquare Dance

  1. Alice Turak says:

    I am grateful for your creativity and generosity.


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