More Dreams and A Project Preview

The 99 Dreams of Euclid’s Wife project continues. Here is Dream 13.

Because the images look best in groups, here are Dreams 14 through 19 all together. (If you would like to look at more groups, you could go to #The99DreamsOfEuclidsWife which has groups of images uninterrupted by the other things I post on Instagram.)

I have also been working on my contribution to this month’s Book Arts Community Challenge. The theme is Weave so I am re-visiting my Orihime binding, but attempting a drumleaf version.

Here’s an image of the original structure. The book is woven together with strips of paper, so it suits the theme. It was originally designed as a project for Tanabata and the anniversary of my blog, both of which are  celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month. The binding is named after the weaver in the legend, Orihime.

I took a photograph of the rubbing I made last week and processed it using several Photoshop filters.

The image was then divided into three strips horizontally, then three strips vertically to produce what will become the pages of the book.

Here’s a photo of parts of the printed pages.

If everything works out —fingers crossed— I will post instructions for the drumleaf version of the Orihime binding next week.


In other book arts news:

Several years ago I backed a Kickstarter project to publish a biography of  W. A. Dwiggins. The project was completed and I got a lovely book full of images of Dwiggins’ incredibly varied output.

Bruce Kennet, the Dwiggins biographer, has a new project on Kickstarter: he plans to publish the book of short stories that Dwiggins wrote and illustrated.

Although Dwiggins is best known for his work in graphics and puppetry, he also wrote essays, satire, and fiction. Many people are unfamiliar with this aspect of his work.

He was recognized for this talent early on: one of his pieces was chosen for Houghton Mifflin’s annual compilation, Best Short Stories of 1915.

From 1910 to 1926, Dwiggins created a series of stories about an imaginary place he named Athalinthia, and the people who lived there. A place perhaps akin to Persia a thousand years ago, or Uzbekistan in the 1920s . . . he never said. He drew and painted more than 100 pictures expressly for these. This is WAD at his most fanciful, his most personal.

To learn more you can click the link in the paragraph above the image, or go here.

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Letterform Archive will be hosting an exhibition of protest posters beginning in late July.

Drawing from existing and newly acquired Letterform Archive collections, Munro and Coles initiated the project on the upswell of the Black Lives Matter protests with a goal to showcase typographic anger and agency as it is seen in the streets, on the printed page, and even on the bodies of demonstrators. The visual history of protest on display will range from nineteenth-century antislavery broadsides to the colorful affiches of the Paris 1968 uprising, from the revolutionary Black Panther newspaper to the public awareness posters of the AIDS crisis.

You can read more about the exhibition and get a sneak preview here.

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I have seen many different things made from Lego, but I had not seen it used this way before. These lovely birds were all printed with Lego.

In his 50 birds project, printmaking artist and architect Roy Scholten used Legos to combine his two mediums. The goal was to create a graphic vocabulary of birds solely through printmaking, with Legos as the stamp form. Despite the strict restrictions that Scholten gave himself for the project, his sleek, structural results feel effortless.

You can read more about Scholten’s project here.

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. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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