Here at Slow Industries, we’re scrambling (but not that quickly or efficiently) to finish a few projects before beginning the new and intense project of having a baby. Since there are currently no photos available of the projects that are being completed, we thought you might enjoy this photo sent to us by our friends Paul and Lisa over at Driving Inertia. As good a name for a baby as a book store? You tell us.
Archive for the ‘Cetology’ Category
After a mere two years, those of us at Slow Industries spent the weekend celebrating the completion of Cetology. Here’s a play-by-play of the project’s last days, along with never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes images of the Very. Last. Step.
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…)
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!
A few weeks ago, we had a day of historic lows at Slow Industries. There was crying. There was hair pulling. There was rending of garments. It was all gut wrenching. That’s why it’s taken a bit to post the pictures. We had to recover. Upon unpacking the unbound octavo volumes of the never-ending Cetology project, a dark (well, fluorescent) and despairing discovery was made:
ARRRRRRRRGHHHHHHH! Can you see that?! It’s a hot pink stain.
All three volumes of Cetology, safe and snug with their box, are going to be on display at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado, from April 1st to May 8th. The exhibit includes 50 books from 38 artists. It’s going to be an amazing collection of work, and we’re honored to be part of the show. If you happen to be in Denver, stop by. If you miss the show, the gallery has a blog with great pictures from shows past and present.