Hither and Thither

A number of things were accomplished this week but the biggest project was selecting the images for my upcoming Zoom presentation for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.

The text from the CBBAG press release is as follows:

The Role of a Blog in my Life and Work with Cathryn Miller

In her talk, Cathryn will describe the how and why of starting her blog, the role of instruction in the kind of blog posts she creates, and her reasons for maintaining a schedule of weekly posts including her celebrated annual Advent Calendar of festive paper projects. Many of her blog posts offer detailed instructions for DIY artist’s books. 

There will be a slideshow to accompany the talk along with time for questions and answers at the end.

Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023

Hours: 7 pm – 8 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

This workshop is free to members, but registration is required. 

(If you are interested, you can register here.The registration fee for non-members includes a one year membership in CBBAG.)

I created my own title page.

Since I started the blog to collect wishes for The Wishing Star Project/The Persistence of Hope, my presentation begins with a little bit about my previous works using stars.

Then I cover the project itself and how it, and the blog, developed.

Near the end I show a few screen shots from my stats pages. (Two years ago Greenland was finally added to the coloured part of the map. If you know anyone who lives on Svalbard/Spitsbergen or plans a high arctic holiday there, could you please send them a link to my blog?!)

I have about two-thirds of the images uploaded at this point. I will spend part of next week finishing the images and rehearsing.


I delivered a piece for a show at  The Drop Spot Studio, a brand new gallery in Saskatoon.  It’s from my Mixed Messages series of hand-coloured archival pigment prints.

In other book arts news:

Helen Hiebert has a new collaborative project in the works. From her post:

Weaving the World Together

I am about to begin working on a how-to book about paper weaving. In conjunction, I am launching my next project – a collaborative paper weaving. I’m collecting map strips with messages from participants around the world which I will weave into a large wall piece representing our collective planet. I hope to feature this weaving in the book and to exhibit it.

You can help by sending me your maps!

Here’s what I need:

  • Cut a map strip that is 1” (2.5CM) wide and 12” – 24″ (30 – 60CM) long.
  • I hope to collect strips from all over the world. Your strip does not have to be local – think global. I’d love to have map strips from your travels.
  • You can send as many strips as you wish (from different places).
  • It is fine to fold your strips and tuck them into a small envelope.
  • The paper needs to be in good condition so that I can weave it – no brittle maps please.
  • Write the place that your map represents and a vision for our world on the back of your strip (ex. “My hope is for peace and prosperity throughout the world.”). Use any medium you like that does not bleed through to the other side, and write in your language of choice. Add doodles or drawings if you wish.
  • Include your name and e-mail address on a separate sheet in the envelope so that I can credit you and keep in touch about the project.

Send your strips to: Helen Hiebert Studio, 113 Mill Loft St. Unit C213, Edwards, CO 81632 by April 15, 2023.

Save the rest of your map – I’m hosting a free zoom event on 3/30 at noon MST – click here to sign up. We’ll make a Faceted Map Ring using another part of your map!

I have something packed to pop in the mail to Helen next week, and I have signed up for the Faceted Map Ring Zoom workshop. Perhaps I will ‘see’ you there.


You may have encountered this article or references to it already —links to the piece have been shared widely in the print and book arts communities online— but if not, and you don’t know who Amos Kennedy, Jr. is, please read this interview by Angelina Lippert.


Charlotte Beach recently posted a piece on Bel Mills of Scrap Paper Circus. You can find the full article/interview here.

(If you sign up for the Scrap Paper Circus newsletter you can get the Bookmaker’s Guide to Upcycling for free.)

In other news:

This is David’s latest image of Scarface. She(?) returned for four nights in a row to sleep outside my studio after she was injured again. (Note the divot out of the back of her left haunch.) She missed a night, was back for a really cold one, and now we haven’t seen her for a couple of days. We are hoping that this is a good sign.


More ‘wildlife’ news: meet This Is Not Our Cat, who showed up two nights ago. He (definitely a he) has been allowed into the basement and studio after a brief and unsuccessful introduction to my Lovely Assistant Kemuri. We have posted info on the web and on our neighbourhood mail box, and checked by phone with neighbours who we know have black cats. No good news so far. He is obviously someone’s pet, as he is affectionate and completely comfortable around people. We will have to take him to the SPCA on Monday if we don’t find his family before then. I hope he has been chipped so his proper owner can get him back.

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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