R is for Red

The February #areyoubookenough challenge word is Red. I tried —and failed— to come up with something based on Retired, Extremely Dangerous. I made a small red text-less book about words instead.

The list of words represented in the book:


The word Round gave me a chance to play with the lovely tool a friend gave me for Christmas. (For some reason I always associate redness and roundness in my brain. Because of apples and tomatoes?!)

Here’s the beginning of a part for the book drawn with the drawing compass.

I wanted to construct the book based on one of the Pocket Book structures I showed in a recent post. I also wanted to assemble the book without using adhesives, so some of the elements are attached with paper weaving. Finally, I wanted to use small pieces of paper left over from previous projects, so the book is small — 10 cm/4 in on a side when closed.


Here is a close-up of the left end section with paper weaving attaching a ‘circle’.

Here is the model.

I used the model pages as templates for cutting the final pages.

The pages were folded around a card stock template.

The lower portion of the two end ‘circles’ were cut into strips and woven into slits in the base paper.

Here are the two end sections.

The paper I used for the structure is a heavy Thai tissue. It is soft and a bit slippery, so I connected the sections with paper tabs woven through both layers.

Here’s the finished pocket accordion before I made the cover.

Although I liked the idea of using the Indian starch coat paper shown as the background above, I opted instead to use a strip of the Canson Mi-teintes that matches the removable circle in the third pocket. This visually connects the outside of the book with the inside.

The book can be viewed as an accordion or as two double-page spreads.

The cover strip was folded so that the first section inserts in the end pocket of the left-hand section. The rest of the strip wraps around the accordion, ending in a tab that slides into a matching slot cut in the front cover. (The tab end is tucked behind the pages in the images above.) I made a template so that I could draw the shape onto the cover. The ends of the ‘tongue’ were rounded after the main shape was cut.

The slot and tab closure is hidden behind another circle.

Can you find examples of all the words on my list in the book? Can you think of any other words starting with R that can be found in the book ? If you can, please leave the word in the Comments! I would love to make the list longer.

In other book arts news:

I first learned about Nüshu a number of years ago when I was researching the Chinese Thread Book/Zhen Xian Bao. This lecture by Lisa Huang looks like an excellent opportunity to learn more about a syllabic script created by and for women. You can find registration information here.


And now for something completely different:

Although I do occasionally post recipes on this blog, I have never promoted a cooking class before. This one, run in conjunction with Durham University, teaches participants how to make a medieval Easter feast, and has prompted me to make an exception!

You can read more about the online class and find a link for registration here.



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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4 Responses to R is for Red

  1. Notès G says:

    Greetings, Cathryn! I also love the Iris. Not only is it useful but also beautiful. I use the container to display it in a standing position and changing the size of the iris when I am not using it. I also love your looking at things differently and coming up with unusual book structures that I delightfully enjoy! Stay safe, sane, healthy & creative!

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  2. Selene says:

    How about Reveal? That’s the first word that popped into my head when I looked at the completed structure, so I was surprised not to find it on your list.


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