Yesterday I joined the OCAD crew for our first official craft day.
Well, it wasn't really official, or anything - just an excuse for us to get together and learn a bunch of artsy crafts, plan personal projects and take a ton of pictures. This month's craft: book binding and lino cuts! I took the day to learn how to do perfect binding - a necessary step if I'm going to make my zines work for the coming fall.
I was originally planning to staple my zines (simple, cheap and fast), but the comics are too thick to staple, so I had to find a way around it. I was lucky enough to have Paul Tseng there to give me the shotgun tutorial on how to do perfect binding. He's absolutely amazing with any sort of technical crafts, and he gave me the breakdown on how to make one, ghetto style: two butterfly clips, two boards, book glue, and a paintbrush.
My first couple of tries turned out a bit wonky, but hopefully that will improve with practice. I plan to make myself a press in the future, just to make the process more streamline.
We're hoping to make Craft day a monthly thing. Next time: screen printing. Here's to hoping we stick with the plan.