a juicy read

My wee how to is the second project, so youà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢ll need to scroll down a little bit. I learned how to make these books from the folks at SFPIRG.

I now work in a fine arts library, which is lovely, wacky, and wonderful in many ways. As I donà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢t have a background in the arts Ià ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢m learning a new vocabulary and learning about different resources. I love industrial design, typography, and book arts, so this is much more fun than learning about resources to support an actuarial studies program, or mollusk research laboratory. How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-kind Book is quite delightful and practical beginners guide to making books.

Instructables also has some good book making projects (1, 2, 3,).

Felt pretty warm

For the past couple of years I have been doing a lot of functional writing for work: documentation, how tos, tutorials, and tip sheets. I’ve wanted to branch out and start writing pieces that have a slightly wider appeal than how to filter your search results in library database search or how to run recurring reports through the Local System Admin interface on the Evergreen open source ILS.

Here’s my first published piece that describes how to felt old sweaters (or jerseys if you’re a Kiwi) and how to make mittens or a scarf out of the felt. It was published in World Sweet World, “a New Zealand based alt-indie DIY/MIY/lifestyle magazine aimed at the growing number of creative people returning to a more sustainable and home-made lifestyle”.

I’m now working on two more pieces for World Sweet World, and have pitched two more articles to another magazine. I’m more excited than scared about interviewing folks, researching stories and writing stuff.

WSW-Felt Pretty Warm