Monday, May 20, 2019


On Saturday, May 11, Dianne Byington led us in a workshop using two of Hedi Kyle's structures, the fishbone and tree folds. When telescoped together, the fishbone structure has panels of the same width. The tree fold results in panels of different sizes. Dianne had several tips and tricks for us to use, as well as different versions of the folds. She also showed us different kinds of covers.

Dianne showing us the cutting pattern

One of the things that Dianne spoke about was the terminology used for making these structures. So we adapted to new terminology. Dianne also made mention of the different marking and scoring methods. Here you see different types of rulers being used, as well as someone using a scoring board.

After marking, we scored the pages.

After scoring, we marked the areas to be left uncut. We cut some parts
 and left others attached which allowed the folds/pleats to open. 
The paper was folded along the cuts and the uncut areas.

This picture better illustrates how the pleats open. On the uncut
section, we used double stick tape to hold the last uncut section.

We telescoped the pleats to achieve the fishbone structure.

This is a model of Dianne's tree fold. You can see that the open
 areas are larger as you go, resulting in a very tree-like structure.

We made both structures during the workshop using papers that Dianne brought. She also brought four samples of covers for us to use. 

Dianne brought many samples of these two structures and how we could use them.

The uncut section size will affect the overall look of a fishbone book. On the left, the uncut sections are one-half inch. On the right, the uncut sections are one-quarter between each resulting in a more compack structure.

Soft folds look more like organic structures. To achieve this look, 
when a crease occurs, it isn't set with a bone folder.

Tyvek that has been painted makes a lovely tree fold.

This is a fish fold in a simple cover shown both closed and open.

This was a fun workshop and it will be interesting to see how it appears in our future exchanges. 

Please note: many of our members went to the Newport Paper and Book Art Festival last month and we have pictures of their efforts in the previous post. 

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