Of course, probably any dedicated or even occasional reader of this particular blog does know a fair amount about methyl cellulose. It plays a key role in marbling paper and also acts as a sort of extender for PVA. The latter quality comes in very handy here at Slow Industries, as we often make mistakes and scramble to fix them before the adhesive sets. The more time for damage control, the better. (more…)
Archive for November, 2010
After a marathon session of board cutting early this year, the production team at Slow Industries toasted each other with very stiff drinks, swore to never cut board again and called it a long, painful day. Unfortunately, even with multiple prototypes under their belts, they managed to mess up the measurements. Lesson learned? Some pursuits are doomed to fail. (more…)
Well, technically the 159th anniversary of the first American printing of Moby Dick was on November 14th, which was yesterday. Here at Slow Industries, we celebrated by marking the beginning of the end of our Cetology project – a mere two years after the beginning of the beginning. Here, you can see one of our earliest test prints, from back in the day when we intended to make all of the paper for the project in addition to doing the illustration, linocuts, design, printing, binding and box building. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing other people make great paper. Over the next week, we will have a series of posts detailing our trials, tribulations and lessons learned as the project comes to a close. Stay tuned!