Neta Bomani is a worker who engages in visual storytelling, direct action and (anti) art practices through organizing and making archives, writings, prints, zines, circuits and workshops. Neta's work has materialized as an organizer of the Tech Zine Fair, an organizer of the School for Poetic Computation, a member of Stephanie Dinkins Studio and a participator in grassroots organizing against prisons and borders in New York City and beyond.
This week’s blog post includes updates and assignments from the Prediction as Planning and introductory courses to Physical Computing, Fabrication and Computational Media.
This blog post is a work in progress 😅
Danny taught us the basics of electricity. We built simple circuits made of up LEDs, resistors powered by Arduino Nano 33 IOTs connected to laptop computers. For homework we were to get creative and make a switch. Below is my meta switch, which is a mini zine about switches that functions as the switch connected to my breadboard circuit.
This week’s theme in fabrication is guides, jigs and repeatability. For homework, we were to make 5 or more multiples of a multi process piece. I’ve been making a lot of zines this week for the NY Art Book Fair by Printed Matter and AI.Assembly for Stephanie Dinkins, so I decided to make something useful to help me with the process: a bookpress.
Bookpresses are most commonly used in publishing in a couple ways. For example, in bookmaking, bookpresses are used to secure sheets of paper so they can be bound or rebound together to form a book. In zinemaking, bookpresses are also used to secure sheets for binding, in addition to flatten paper folded into zine booklets.
Unfortunately, the shop was closed when I scheduled to work on my project. But, I was able to make it work.
Compromising and getting a really nice person to help me cut twelve 12 x 14 inch pieces of the cheapest wood available at Home Depot.
Setting up my template by marking where I’m going to drill my holes for each of my five bookpresses.
I started with a smaller bit to see how the wood would react to the bit. I’m still new to this, but I observed that the cheap wood generally liked the small bit. There was little to no splicing or imperfections. After I drilled the small holes, I graduated to a larger bit.
The reason I needed a larger bit was to fit these carriage screws with a 5/16” inch diameter which will serve as the main component the bookpress jig.
Here’s the carriage screw next to the hole. Let’s see if it fits.
It does! I sandwiched it with a circular washer to add a cushion between the wood and the screw.
Here’s the finished bookpress with some vibrant neon pink zines presssing in between the two wood cutouts fastened with two 5.5 inch carriage screws and wing nuts. Im(press)ive.
Here’s 4 more book presses, altogether a total of five.
When the shop opens up, I hope to take them apart, sand the surfaces and round the corners. Then, I’ll stain my wood, polish them, seal them, keep one for myself and give the rest away since I don’t need all these presses.
A single flattened zine made possible by my new bookpress. Yahoo!
I have a lot of thoughts swirling in my head about handmade goods, Fordism, capitalism, overconsumption, material waste and our dying planet but it’s late so I’ll process those thoughts later and revisit this blog post.
This section of the blog post is a work in progress, just the assignment. You can view the progress on my sketch here. I’ll have to finish my idea after class. More soon later.