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.
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.
Before selecting the image I did the text and rough layout. I make many maquettes along the way of most projects.
It definitely ended up blank!
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.
Ahhhh… that's better!
100 (plus a couple extra) copies ready to be sewn.
Getting jiggy with it! I use a jig for everything. This one is just for punching holes in each pamphlet bound book.
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.
You can get a copy of Pull a Thread here.