Dorothy A. Yule, “Hediday: A Portable Holiday Celebrating the Work of Hedi Kyle”

The five volumes of Hediday are shown in their slipcases, adapted from a conservation structure by Hedi Kyle.

The Cake of Applause, a flag book built on a Miura fold, is shown in a partly open position.

Gift Box, Nature contains objects that reference Hedi’s lifelong habit of collecting things.

Celebratory Show (Abbrev.) shows five of Hedi’s innovative book structures with a poem on the back folds of the understructure skirts.

All five pieces of Hediday open out into a portable holiday.


Dorothy A. Yule
Oakland, California

Hediday: A Portable Holiday Celebrating the Work of Hedi Kyle
Structures: Gift Box,Toys and Gift Box, Nature: wunderkabinett (3-dimensional magic wallet with mylar insert); Celebratory show (Abbrev.): Accordion with swiveling ovals; Song for Hediday: Blizzard book without final folds; Cake of Applause: Miura fold with flags.  Media and materials: Ink jet printing, Mylar, velour, toys, trinkets and seashells, Mohawk Superfine and various decorative papers including vintage tea chest gold paper, silk “headbands”.
Edition of Six
Five connectible slipcases with books/book objects; difficult to paginate
Longest accordion opens to about 60 inches; varies by book
each book in slipcase is 3 inches high x 2.25 inches wide x 0.75 inches deep


Forty years ago I was living in New York city, a few blocks down the street from the Bleecker Street storefront that was the Center for the Book’s first home. One night I saw people working inside this cluttered storefront and soon I had signed up for a bookbinding class with Hedi Kyle, who at that time was teaching traditional bookbinding.

This book in five volumes is intended as an homage to Hedi and her work. Her influence has been so enormous in the field of book arts for the past decades and I wanted to channel the gratitude that we all must feel for her pioneering structures and bindings. I wanted the book to embody both the spirit of Hedi’s structures and the celebratory energy in which it is made. I conceived of this as a portable holiday, an instant fête, an offering of one grateful book artist to a great master: two gift boxes (the Wunderkabinett), a song, a celebratory show (abbreviated) of Hedi’s inventions, and a cake of applause.