Category Archives: Design

Printing and Packing and Other Stuff

Much of my work time for the past week was spent on the annual Beeston calendar. By Thursday afternoon all thirty one had been printed, cut to size (by David with the help of Ko-Ko), and wrapped. I decided to … Continue reading

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It’s Canada, It’s Winter — Get Used To It

The title of today’s post is a quotation from former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation meteorologist Claire Martin. It seems appropriate. The average low for this time of year is -7.5°C. It’s good weather to be working on the annual Byopia Press Beeston … Continue reading

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Making A Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Postscript —The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold and the Byopia Press Belt Fold

The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold has been used by a number of people as the closure for their Chinese Thread Books. Here’s one by Elissa Campbell. (You can read more about Elissa’s versions here.) The belt closure is suitable for … Continue reading

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The Bicycle Race Books Complete

We finished the twenty copies of The Mexican Bicycle Race this week. David trimmed head and foot, four at a time because I am still a little anxious about slippage when using Ko-Ko. I cut one-and-a-half inch wide strips of … Continue reading

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A Little Book

It has been a long time since I have written a blog post about something other than the Chinese thread book, so you are probably ready for a change! This week David and I put the finishing touches on the … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Papier Machine

Today’s flicks combine several of my interests: it’s about a book, DIY paper models, and miniature electronics. Papier Machine was designed and produced by Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage, and the little videos were made by Clément Brandely.     You can … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Five or A Personal Conclusion

When I began all this —the trip down an internet wormhole chasing a particular origami folding pattern— I had no idea where it would all lead. The hunt for that set of instructions led me to an enormous trove of … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Four

Since combining the words origami and Zhen Xian Bao or Chinese Thread Book in my search for the ‘star’ box (flowered candy box) I have come across a number of origami versions of the Zhen Xian Bao. The earliest example … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: disillusionment of 10 point font and The Typewriter

Today’s videos are both related to typewriters. The first is a witty series of typographic puns “animated on a smith corona galaxie deluxe typewriter” by Greg Condon.     The second flick is a promo for the book The Typewriter: a Graphic … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Three

The origami forum with the image of Laurent Sui’s gift for Madame Burgos (see previous post) mentioned a book by Maying Soong, The Art of Chinese Paper Folding. It even provided a link to an on-line copy which I immediately … Continue reading

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