99 and Done

My #99DayProject is now complete. I finished the last square ahead, so you can have an advance peek at tomorrow’s square.

This is #99.

The colours were inspired by ripe orange honeysuckle berries.

It also recapitulates square #1.

The first square in the series was inspired by the first hint of colour on an apple flowerbud, so the series spans the seasons from flower to fruit, Spring to early Autumn.

If you are wondering what I will do now, I will be spending a good part of this week completing the design and instructions for the panel/panorama book that I plan to post next Sunday. I am also considering another —much shorter!— series.

In other book arts news:

The exhibition Unseen is now open both physically and online.

You can view the catalog of the show on the 23 Sandy Gallery website.


It has been more than a year since I mentioned the Quarantine Public library.

Quarantine Public Library is a repository of books made by artists. The works published here are for anyone to freely download, print and assemble—to keep or give away.

This collaborative project was dreamed up by Katie Garth and Tracy Honn in May 2020. We love artists’ books, zines, and libraries; art and poetry; words and pictures. We wanted to make something to share as many of us are staying at home, disconnected from art, books, and one another. The project is not about COVID-19, but is explicitly of its time.

With brisk attention, a lot of talking and correspondence, and the enthusiastic good will of generous artists who say yes, we offer this as a gift to share and circulate in a discombobulated time.

If you can’t wait for next Sunday to make a little book, I have picked two black and white examples that struck my fancy.

To make Luke Williams book, download and print QPL_Williams, then follow the instructions here.

Or you could make Amanda Borsuk’s poetry book.

Download and print QPL_Borsuk, and follow the instructions in the link given above.

If you want to check out the other offerings of the Quarantine Public Library, you can find the complete works —alphabetically listed by artist— on this webpage.


I love my copy of The Voynich Manuscript. I was reminded of it this week by a short article on Medievalists.net.

The article includes videos from the Beinecke Library at Yale. You can find more information on the Beinecke Library website, and even order your own copy.


To finish off, here’s a giant sunflower on our kitchen counter a few days ago. (To give an idea of scale, the tiles are 10 cm/4 in squares.)

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 99 and Done

  1. dinahmow says:

    Ooh Where do I start…
    As usual, so much to catch the eye! Having just moved house and still not unpacked and re-homed everything, I might be spread too thin to try some of these things!

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  2. Looking forward to seeing how this series is resolved. I’m wondering if there is an explanation anywhere of how you selected the patterns?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Byopia Press says:

      I am not sure what you mean by the term “resolved”.
      The series is complete at 99 squares.
      The patterns were created using a 5 x 5 grid. Each one represents a letter —abstractly, this is not a code— and four are used in the cutting pattern for a square. I designed them to reflect in some way the object/event represented in the colours for the day.
      I am working on a website gallery page for the complete set, but in the meantime you can see them all on this Pinterest page.

      If you scroll back through the posts on Instagram I usually identify the source of inspiration for the day.


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