I have been working on another piece about childhood memories. (You can find a DIY version of Fragile, a previous memory-based work, here.) I am using a folded structure that I created four years ago. This model has been floating around on my desk ever since, waiting for the right project.

It is a development from an origami bookmark (image below) I posted as part of the 2019 Byopia Press Advent Calendar, but is made from a rectangle rather than a square.

Next week I will show you the finished work and a DIY version for you to make.


I ordered a small number of pop-and-lock ‘crystal’ boxes, and they arrived this week. They are a bit big for the works I am sending to The Thimble Gallery, but otherwise completely satisfactory. They are archival, which is highly desirable, and they don’t seem to carry a static charge which means they don’t get dusty in the way that some plastics do. (Yes, they are plastic, but I can’t think of another material which would meet my requirements, as I want to put them in the mail!)


Here are this week’s collage challenge pieces:







My two inch square format has been an advantage on some days and a definite problem on others. Nineteen prompts answered and nine to go!

In other book arts news:

The new piece I am working on is being made for World Book Night 2023.

… we would like to receive from you, a memory, to be part of the collaborative World Book Night 2023 exhibition, a combination of memories to document ourselves and our past, and perhaps our future. Using the constraint of something that no longer exists except in memory may jog memories for each other.

There is still time to join in. You can find out more about it here.


Here are some lovely low-maintenance plants for you to make, designed by Rob Ives for the Brother Creative Center.


The concept of “type empathy” has been under discussion in a number of places. You can read a report from PRINT magazine here.

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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