The exciting and glamorous life of an artist

I was busy all week but this is the only art I made.

It was created for the Global Day of Creative Action as part of Golden Repair (The Climate), a world-wide project by @microgalleries. (If you would like to download a printable version, you can download this file.)

The rest of the week was taken up with the kind of behind-the-scenes work that artists do, the kind that can take up as many —or more— hours than the creative part.

I collated the Beeston 2022 calendars.

I gift wrapped them all.

I re-wrapped all the ones for mailing. (I use butcher’s paper rather than plain brown paper so the packages are a bit more waterproof.) The wrappings were sealed with packing tape after I took the picture below.

All the mailing copies have a return address and recipient’s name on them at this point. I will add the recipients’ addresses this week.

The other repetitive and non-creative job I worked at this week was making corner protectors for picture frames. I have a show in January with thirty framed pieces from my 99 day project. Frames are easily damaged at their corners when being packed/moved/unpacked, so I need 120 corner protectors.

I am making them from card stock offcuts from a couple of years’ worth of calendars. (No I did not know I would use the offcuts this way when I saved them. I am just really bad at throwing out paper.)

The offcuts are about  10.8 cm (4.25in) x  12 cm (4.75 in). Scoring for folding comes first. There are two score lines. I created book board guides and work against the ruler of my Kutrimmer to keep things in alignment. The smaller guide is the depth of the frame, the larger one is half the remaining height of the offcut. I score the first line using the larger guide, fold that score line, then use the second guide to score a second fold line.

After the second fold is made the card is flattened and two cuts are made from the outer edges to the folds.

The card is folded on the line between the cuts,

then the flaps are folded down.

The final step is taping, using a frame as a support.

I have a dozen complete sets (48 corners), about a third more scored and folded but not cut, and the rest waiting for scoring.

It’s a mind-numbingly boring job so I do it in little bits.


For those who don’t follow me on Instagram, here are three more versions of Mixed Messages IV. I will post the final three next week.

In other book arts news:

Hilke Kurzke has posted an interview with Amanda Watson Will.

As an artist whose health has also affected their way of working, I found the interview especially interesting. You can read it here.


Although this is basically promotional material for the print-on-demand publisher Blurb, you might be interested in a quick peek at the work of Chloe Ferres.


Not strictly ‘bookish’ but book-related are the surface design works created recently by Paula Beardell Krieg. (You can check out her Instagram here.)


In other news:

Last week David found this winter image of our place on Google Earth. You can see all the deer/coyote/snowshoe hare/horse/snowshoe (people) trails quite clearly.

If you look closely, you can see a regular pattern up the approximate middle of the image. It was created by David hand shovelling our driveway.

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 The exciting and glamorous life of an artist

  1. dinahmow says:

    You are unstoppable!
    And I’ll come back later to read/see Hilke’s interview with Amanda….


    • Byopia Press says:

      And bored! Just found out that the number of frames has gone back up to forty —that was the original plan— so I have to make forty more corner protectors for the 10 additional frames.
      ; ]


  2. lcmt says:

    I’m so glad I took time to sit down and read your post – I found my missing measuring spoons next to the computer monitor!


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