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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.

Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Sixteen and Another Six-Pocket Insert

Today’s insert has the same number of pockets as the one I showed you yesterday, but they are arranged differently. Since some of the pockets are on the outside, it may not be suitable as an outside cover, but it … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Fifteen and A Six-Pocket Insert

Today’s simple series of folds will produce an insert that adds six pockets to a book. Start with a sheet of paper twice as wide as a single page in your book and more than four times as long. Fold … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Christmas Light Bob Training

Who knew that it was such hard work being a Christmas light? Tonight’s really short flick by Ink and Giants gives us a peek at the secret life of bulbs.     Perhaps you’ll get some exercise this weekend putting … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Fourteen and a Simple Way To Make Two Pockets

If you make your own notebooks or sketchbooks, or want to add some removable items to an artist’s book, today’s fold is the simplest way I know of to make a pair of pockets. Assuming your book to be a … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Thirteen and some Accordion Books With Pockets

I am pretty sure that everyone has seen this kind of pocket accordion book before. It’s simple enough for children to make: take a strip of paper and fold one long edge up to make the pockets, then fold the … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Twelve and A Locking Pocket

I referred to this as a locking pocket in the title. It isn’t a tato in the traditional sense because it is made from a rectangle and doesn’t have the sort of symmetry that most tatos do. The designer of … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Eleven and More Tatos

A tato doesn’t have to be square. You can fold one out of almost any geometric shape. Taotos are also often more decorative than the ones I showed you yesterday.

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Ten and Two Square Tatos

What is a tato? In his book Complete Origami, Eric Kenneway says A tato is a traditional kind of folded paper purse in which a Japanese housewife keeps small items such as needles, ends of thread, buttons and so on. … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Nine and a Menko Card

I learned this fold a long time ago, then re-discovered it recently as a “Victorian puzzle purse”. The picture below shows three stages of folding.

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Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Eight and Another Simple Envelope

This envelope is a bit more complicated to fold than the one I posted yesterday, but it is self-locking and uses no adhesives. Start with a sheet of letter paper placed long way up. Fold in the sides. I began … Continue reading

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