Another week of cutting little squares, and some other things

We are waiting for rain, which influenced the square for today in my #99dayproject.

The forecast is looking hopeful.

The good thing about the drought is that there have been no mosquitoes. There are many bad things about the drought, and the cat having dust baths in the yard is one.

I have been continuing with my #99dayproject. Soon I will have to find another storage system but for the moment I am enjoying the squares spread out in a drawer in my flat file.

In case you are not following along on Instagram, here are the rest of the week’s production, starting with Monday.

Colour choices and layouts are definitely influenced by my surroundings. Compare the image above and the image below!

The paper cutting part of the process is fairly straightforward. I print the pattern, use an awl to pierce the corners of each area to be removed, then —since it is all straight lines— do the cutting with a snap blade knife and a ruler.

I also did a bit more work on my entry for #areyoubookenough_fruit. I plan to post a DIY version for you next Sunday.

My lovely little Jeff Peachey stainless steel triangle arrived this week. It makes me happy.

In other book arts news:

The third image below came up on @letterformarchive’s Instagram feed recently.

Images of many of the book pages are available on the Letterform Archive website. The poems are boring and repetitive and really more about enunciation than pronunciation, but many of the graphics are interesting. The best part of the book is the short bios of all the different illustrators involved. I spent a few entertaining minutes looking up some of them. Did you know that it was Clarence Pearson Hornung who designed the symbol used by US Civil Defense for fallout shelters?

It appeared in his book Handbook of Designs and Devices, published in 1932. (The book is still available as a Dover reprint.)


In other news:

Beeston has a new hobby. He decided he needed an activity-appropriate outfit, so I helped him make one.

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 Another week of cutting little squares, and some other things

  1. micklebert says:

    I love how they look arranged in your flat file. It’s also interesting to see or hear about your inspiration for the day. Is each square about 5 inches on a side?


    • Byopia Press says:

      I like to look at them in the flat file too!
      ; ]
      Unfortunately I can only lay out three weeks at a time. When I start a fourth row I stack the bottom row: 2 stacks now, and 2 rows laid out waiting for next week to be added!
      The squares are 5.5 inches on a side, almost exactly the size they appear on my screen when I post them on Instagram!

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