Category Archives: craft

40 lb. gadget, stack paper cutter magic

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stack paper cutterThis stack paper cutter pleases me to no end this weekend. I decided to invest in one to trim thicker stacks of paper, especially the unfinished ends of finished work. The Bostitch guillotine paper trimmer (with a plastic base and very little heft) I’ve had for years hasn’t ever been able to trim more than two or three sheets of cardstock at a time with any accuracy. Neither was the Fiskars rotary trimmer, though it is nice for crafting, with its interchangeable blades that will give faux deckled edges and such. After doing some pricing research on eBay and Amazon, I went with a refurbished model manufactured by QCM in Naperville, Illinois (made in the USA!) from a seller on Amazon. After putting the parts together (the equipment came with instructions, but was not a quizzical-free assembly process), these fantastic results happened:

Before:untrimmed chapbook After:trimmed chapbook

So, basically I feel really very prepared for some upcoming chapbook construction challenges, and am meandering (in a more directed way) into growing { bee + spool } press. Additional I-want-thats still include a saddle stapler.

In chapbook news, I’ve made some great swaps with Logan Ryan Smith and Transmission Press, Juliet Cook and Blood Pudding Press, and Jen Tynes and horse less press with my DIY chap. I’ve just received Hossannah’s small chap Lorem Ipsum printed on bright white cardstock and clipped at the corner with a silver binder clip filled with poetry and patent illustrations. I’m looking forward to the read. Upcoming, a chap trade with Michaela A. Gabriel in Austria, whose chapbook The Secret Meanings of Greek Letters was published by dancing girl press.

Interested in a chapbook swap? Email me (replace the (at)). Alternatively, order mine here and know that the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Asian American Women Artists Association, a non-profit organization here in San Francisco.

I (heart) Needles and Pens

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Everyone should visit and adore the little-shop-that-could, Needles and Pens, in the Mission in San Francisco, and then be grinfully surprised at how easy it is to drop 50 bucks at a zine store like B. and I recently did on a post-brunch stroll on Sunday.

Found: Brian Kim Stefan‘s exquisitely prepared chapbook, with letterpress covers and handbound saddle-stitch binding, The Window Ordered to be Made, published in an edition of three hundred copies by A Rest Press in New York City. I’d never read his work, and likely would’ve become a fan of his poetry if it were corner-stapled on dirty newsprint, but, oh, what a lovely experience to hold this book arts specimen in my hand. 2 copies left at Needles and Pens. $6.50. A bargain.

Found: The Fart Party by Julia Wertz. A collection of comics from this former San Francisco resident. She’s funny! I didn’t think comics or zines would fully resonate with me at this stage of my life, but her work has really splashed some metaphorical invigorating saline solution into my dulled eyes.

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Needles and Pens
Where: 3253 16th St., San Francisco
Store/Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-7pm
Phone: (415) 255-1534