A Little Bit About This and That

Early this past week David and I drove to Outlook, Saskatchewan to deliver and install my solo exhibition at the AGO. (Sorry, Art Gallery of Outlook. I can’t resist using the initials.)

I don’t have images of the completed installation because the labels and light adjustment were to happen the next day. Here’s the valiant crew hard at work on some of the last works to go up. (For a look at images of all the works in the exhibition, go here.)


I am now the proud owner of several sets of box-making clamps from iBookbinding:

four screw-tightened corner clamps,

a set of magnetic clamps that work for both corners and interior walls,

and some heavy duty magnetic clamps for corners or interior walls.

I plan to make a box to store them in which will give me my first chance to use them. Although I have worked out a way to store them that doesn’t require an interior wall in the box, I may build a two-compartment box in any case. It will give me a chance to test the magnetic clamps for that application.

I’m pretty sure I am going to wish I had these a long time ago!


One show installed, another in progress: I applied to The Thimble Gallery for an exhibition and was accepted. The dates have not been finalized, but I promised to have all the works completed by March 1, 2023.

In case you are not familiar with The Thimble Gallery, and are not on Instagram, it is a micro gallery inside a converted doll house.

From the gallery’s FAQ page:

What is The Thimble Gallery?
The Thimble Gallery is a micro art gallery in a refurbished dollhouse. It is a real art gallery, but on a tiny 1:24 scale. We take a lighthearted approach with our social media posts, and hope that you will have fun collaborating with us! We are striving to be an inclusive space for all, and encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and emerging artists to apply.
How does it work?
You submit an exhibition proposal and make the artwork. If accepted, you send the artwork to the gallery. The gallery will take photographs of the individual pieces, install the pieces in the gallery, and make posts to social media. It is most appreciated if you also share about the exhibition on your own social media, if you are comfortable. Please tag us @thethimblegallery and use the hashtag #thethimblegallery on all posts. After the exhibition ends, the artwork will be shipped back to you, and you ship any sold pieces to the buyers.
What scale is the gallery?
The gallery is 1:24 scale, which means that 1cm in the gallery equals 24cm in real life. We are using Playmobil figures in the gallery because they are 1:24 scale. For comparison, Barbie dolls are 1:6 scale.
Where is the gallery located?
The Thimble Gallery is housed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Winnipeg is located on Treaty One territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.
What is the space in the gallery like?
The gallery has 5 rooms or spaces available to exhibit artwork. All the walls are white, and the floors are natural wood. We have the measurements of all the spaces posted on our Instagram highlights “Spaces” (@thethimblegallery).

The small scale makes it a bit easier to complete the works in a couple of months. I am planning a star theme for the works, but don’t have a title yet.

Here’s another shot of the gallery, decorated for Christmas. (There have been several exhibitions already, but I didn’t want to show other people’s pieces without permission.)


The night after I posted the index for the 2023 Byopia Press Advent Calendar, I woke up thinking about Valentine’s Day. Remembering the hearts stuck on paper lace doilies that we made in school (like this one from Sweet Party Place), I thought this year’s Valentine might be a papercut.

There are plenty of historic examples online, including this early nineteenth century one made by William Johnson,

or this one by Christian Strenge from about the same period.

I think I will design something a little simpler!


I haven’t participated in the Instagram book arts challenge for a while, but I plan to begin again with the January challenge.


In other news:

We had moose this week, not just one but two! Since moose are usually solitary, my best guess is that this is a cow and calf, though they seemed relatively oblivious of each other. It may just have been an amazing coincidence.

In either case, I now look out every window I pass in the hope of seeing a moose!

We also had a lovely clear sky for the first full moon of the year.

In other book arts news:

Helen Hiebert is doing another Paper Year. You can learn more about it and register here.


Steven Heller has an excellent interview/article about the work of book artist Lynne Avadenka: Artist Celebrates Heritage of Jewish Women as Typographers and Printers.


Robert Bolick of Books on Books has posted an article on the parallels between artists’ books and architecture: Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Steingruber’s “Architectural Alphabet”. I found it an interesting read.

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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2 Responses to A Little Bit About This and That

  1. dinahmow says:

    Ooh…lots of goodies in here! I shall have to dip in and out, between gardening and hunting (for things I still can’t find since I didn’t do the packing!!). Happy New year!


    • Byopia Press says:

      Happy New Year to you too! And good luck with finding things you didn’t pack. I had enough trouble locating my favourite Christmas ornaments this year after other people were involved in packing things away last year!

      Liked by 1 person

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