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Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread is a peak into my process. This zine was created for The Monthly Zine Project's (MoZiPro) February 2021 prompt: breathe. The collage on the cover is an artist trading card (ATC) that I made specifically for this cover and prompt. 

Inspired by Keith Smith's Text in the Book Format, especially the section on extended texts. I was curious if I could use the pacing and format of the text could be used to slow down the reader's breathing. Get your copy now!

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread

Like all my projects this zine started in my sketchbook.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. A photo of writing in a sketchbook about how many syllables in a minute.

I started out by testing my own breathing with 8 counts in and 8 counts out; figuring out how many words per page and how long it would take to read each page. I started doing the text in my sketchbook, but quickly needed to switch to digital with all the editing to conform to the word counts needed.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. A photo of a plan white folded paper with the words Pull a Thread.

Before selecting the image I did the text and rough layout. I make many maquettes along the way of most projects.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. Front title page of Pull a Thread.

It definitely ended up blank!

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. Stacks of pages and the cover of Pull a Thread arranged for collating.

Usually, I will just fold and collate a single signature book one at a time. The similarity of the pages in this case, slowed down that process significantly. Instead I uncollated my prints and folded each page individually.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. Folded stacks of Pull a Thread ready for collating.

Ahhhh… that's better!

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. A box filled with folded and collated copies of Pull a Thread, ready to be sewn.

100 (plus a couple extra) copies ready to be sewn.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. An un-sewn copy of Pull a Thread with a hole punch jig on top.

Getting jiggy with it! I use a jig for everything. This one is just for punching holes in each pamphlet bound book.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. The same un-sewn copy of Pull a Thread with the jig ready to punch.

The jig has these lines as a visual reminder to punch holes straight through the signature.

Other than the de-collating and re-collating, this process is how I approach all large projects.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. The first finished copy of Pull a Thread with a collage of a girl with lungs for her head on the front.

You can get a copy of Pull a Thread here.

Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. The first finished copy of Pull a Thread with a collage of a girl with lungs for her head on the front.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. A photo of writing in a sketchbook about how many syllables in a minute.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. A photo of a plan white folded paper with the words Pull a Thread.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. Front title page of Pull a Thread.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. Stacks of pages and the cover of Pull a Thread arranged for collating.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. Folded stacks of Pull a Thread ready for collating.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. An un-sewn copy of Pull a Thread with a hole punch jig on top.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. The same un-sewn copy of Pull a Thread with the jig ready to punch.
Behind the scenes: Pull a Thread. A box filled with folded and collated copies of Pull a Thread, ready to be sewn.