On A Clear Day, Completed

This week I finished the last of the ‘drawings’ that make up On A Clear Day, my tribute to Agnes Martin. That’s thirty-six in all. The stitching got faster as the images simplified. Here are the last of the trimmings.

Groups seven and eight are shown below.

I will post the last set next week, closer to Martin’s 100th birthday on the 22nd of March.

I have also been making protective mats so that I can store the work safely. The thread creates bulk both front and back so I am making double mats.

I punch holes at the pre-marked corners, then cut.

Here are a few completed.

The offcuts are being saved since they are big enough for making small boxes.

I am using a heavier board for the back mats. I will likely turn the job over to David and his mat cutter, as the heavier board is harder to cut, and I try to limit strain on my hands. Here’s a drawing from the final set in its protective mat.

If these are ever exhibited I would mat them in a twelve inch colour-matched mat so they would look like the images I have been showing.


I have also been thinking about a DIY project for March. Since this is nominally a book arts blog, I thought it would be good to do a more bookish project than some of the recent ones. Here’s a teaser: a preliminary model.

In other book arts news:

There a couple of virtual workshops on unusual book structures being offered by the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in early April.

Information and the registration link are on this webpage.

Information and the registration link can be found here.

The full list of virtual workshops is on this webpage.


You might enjoy this article on medieval omens and superstitions. This is only vaguely related to the book arts, but potentially of interest anyway. You can read the full article on the Medievalist website.


I enjoyed this article’s unusual take on logo design and the magic of letters. You can find this guest post by Tim Girvin on The Daily Heller.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than thirty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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4 Responses to On A Clear Day, Completed

  1. dinahmow says:

    I think I see a “portable book case” coming up!


    • Byopia Press says:

      The drawings do make a sort of book, so yes. I suspect it will be minimalist/functional rather than elegant.
      ; ]
      But if you refer to the “teaser”, it’s something else.


  2. cedar51 says:

    Thanks for sharing you creativity. The plain but intriguing embroidery will speak volumes to those who are “seeing” a simplicity but complexity


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