As a group we decided that we wanted to create our pages separably so they were as different from each other as possible. We were aiming for a playful contrast in the crazy designs we could create. Our Master Zine was not to be a story in itself, the story was in the effort it took to find it. Our Master Zine was to be the reward after the search, an object of entertainment and joy. This reflected what we discovered in the performances from the week before. Our antics only caused amusement so why not follow that in the zine?
The making of the Master Zine was far more difficult than expected. Arranging the pages took little effort but figuring out how to connect them together was the part that stumped us. We decided to use a method called kettle stitching (similar to a coptic stitch). This allowed us to bind all our pages in direct relation to themselves (each of our 4 personal pages were next to each other) while still letting us pick the order of the zine in general. Another perk of the kettle binding was the extra room it provides between the pages. This was necessary for our hand-made 3-D designs.
The binding turned out great and I plan on making more books for my personal use in the future, like tomorrow. Attaching the text-block to the cover was not too difficult but it was difficult to get a perfect alignment and should be measured out better in the future. The pages were slightly too tall for the cover, but this added to the hand-made feel in the Master Zine.
The map zine was extremely simple to make. We used small parts of our patterns found in the Master Zine to fill its pages, then digitally overlay text was placed in order to create the instructions to the Master Zine’s hidden place of residence.This was made in black and white as well as in 2-D for ease of mass production.
Tomorrow the zines will be placed in their final resting spots. Overall I am happy with their outcome and design. The quality of the book and the multiple possibilities for the future of this zine excites me. Will it be forgotten, will it become well known, will it be thrown out by a librarian before ever being found? This the the experimental part of our zine that I find so exciting and reflective of not only Herrick Library itself but also the people who take up its internal space.
Here is the video tutorial we used for our kettle stitching: