Using The Geometry Skills I Learned In High School

I spent a significant part of the past week calculating angles for Advent projects. Some were more obvious than others.

The models for the Edip Agi Eight-Point Star Book and its case have been completed. There will be templates to assist in assembly!

I used coloured copier paper to make it easier to see the steps in putting the book together. They create, serendipitously, interesting patterns as different page spreads are opened.

I worked out a template for the eight-point spiral-fold star created by @annmadebooks (with permission). You can see more images of her stars on Instagram.

Here are mine. The white one was the first test.

Some of you may remember this slide-together flower kusudama.

There will be a star version during Advent.

I also did more work on the mistletoe ornament, but I’m not quite there yet!


If you can’t wait for this year’s projects to begin, you might want to take a look at the Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar. The theme for that year was Enclosures. Here are a few of the things you can make.

You can find an index page showing all twenty-four projects here.


[Edit: I just realized that this is my 1000th post. How did that happen?!]

If you enjoy the projects from Byopia Press, please consider making a donation here to help cover the overhead costs of the blog.

In other book arts news:

You can learn more about this Letterform Archive presentation here. The online lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022, from 12:00pm–1:30pm PT.


In 1874, the State Board of Health of Michigan published Shadows from the Walls of Death: Facts and Inferences Prefacing a Book of Specimens of Arsenical Wall Papers by R. C. Kedzie. Public Domain Review takes a look both at the book and the historic uses of arsenic in this article.


There have been two items of interest from PRINT magazine recently. The first is a Steven Heller interview with Steven Guarnaccia, curator of the exhibit Bruno Munari: The Child Within. The exhibition will be on at the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York City until January 14, 2023. You can find the interview here.

Long-time followers of this blog will know that I have had a lifelong interest in postage stamps, although I am not a philatelist. I am delighted that Canada Post is issuing these. You can look at lots of pretty pictures 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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2 Responses to Using The Geometry Skills I Learned In High School

  1. Jade Q says:

    I seem to be seeing such wonderful and different ways of folding and binding this past week and you are no exception. I am looking forward to Adip’s binding and cover in an upcoming blog. I found a historical Chinese dragon scale binding on YouTube. It is just amazingly tactile, 3D fluttery. If you search in YouTube you will see 6 or 7 videos and one of them is a tutorial if you are interested. Thank you again for finding such treasures that I pass on with credit to you.


    • Byopia Press says:

      Hi Jade, I have probably seen the video, but thanks for mentioning it as others who haven’t should go and take a look!
      I’m hoping everyone will enjoy this year’s Advent Calendar. There will be lots of paper things —book-based and otherwise— and a teeny bit of baking because, you know, holidays!


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