Mixed Messages for the New Year

I got some bad news this week: well, not really ‘bad’ – disappointing but not unexpected. My solo exhibition Forty Days has been postponed due to the rampant spread of the Omicron variant in the province. It will be a while longer before forty selected works from the #99 Day Project get to be on display.

On the other hand, I have a piece in an exhibition opening at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery next week. It’s called Mixed Messages #2. It contains text in two forms: one is a scrambled set of letters, the other a coded sentence.

Here’s a description of the exhibition from the SCC website.

“Rooted: 50 years of Saskatchewan Craft” is an exhibition highlighting the history and legacy of Handmade House. This artist cooperative has had a tradition of quality Saskatchewan craft since the early 1970’s and currently represents over 100 artisans.

This exhibition features both past and present working members who have been responsible for the day-to-day operations of Handmade House. The exhibition pieces are provided by the artisans themselves, collected works from the community and special works on loan from both SK Arts permanent collection and Gabriel Dumont Institute.

There should be images of all the works on this page after the show is open. (Gallery visits will be governed by Covid protocols.)


I spent much of the week playing with bits of paper, attempting to create a working flexagon variation for this year’s Valentine’s Day card. The tetraflexagon on the right works for my purposes in that it is cyclical, but it takes too many rotations to return to the start. The one on the left is a fail!

I need to do something about the flat sides on these hearts!

This is one that got closer.

I think the final structure will have one half based on a variation I found on a Russian website. The drawing below is of a structure the author saw in a video. The video link in the post is no longer operable, so I don’t know where the variation came from.

The variation creates interesting patterns.

Now I just need to figure out the layout for the text and the hearts! I plan to post the printable pdf and instructions on January 23 so that you can make it in time to mail it to someone!

I have also been thinking about what I might make for this month’s Book Arts Community Challenge. The theme is Folklorico, which is based on traditional Mexican folk dances.

Here’s a picture of a dancer from Jalisco, cropped from a photograph by Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany.

The dresses are a big part of the presentation, so I am thinking about things like this.

It would be nice to have some kind of movement in the work too!

In other book arts news:

Paula Beardell Krieg is teaching a Zoom class on folding for The Center for Book Arts.

The link above is for registration in the daytime class, but the page includes a link for the evening time slot as well.


If you are interested in more traditional forms of bookbinding, Karen Hanmer will be teaching an interesting variation of an exposed sewing binding for the Jaffe Center.


Interested in paper engineering? You could learn from one of the best and take an online class from Kelli Anderson. Here’s a bit of the course description from the webpage.

If you are unfamiliar with her name, Kelli Anderson is the inimitable designer of This Book Is A Camera and This Book Is A Planetarium and, most recently, this!

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 Mixed Messages for the New Year

  1. wendyfe says:

    So sorry about the postponement, Cathyrn! But your post has so much rich inspiration meantime


  2. This virus lacks any artistic taste whatsoever.


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