Maker Monday: Meet Erika - DODOcase's Bindery Manager
1) How did you come to DODOcase?
I'm originally from Tucson, Arizona though I've lived in the Bay Area for seven years now. I moved out here to go to school at San Francisco Art Institute to get my BFA in Printmaking, which was a really great experience. I had my first run-in with DODOcase back in 2011, when I was part of a small team of SF Center for the Book interns who got to make a collaborative DODOcase for SFCB! After that I always knew someone who was working at DODO (and I'd picked up a few days of work here and there), and when the position of Bindery Manager came up this year and it was offered to me, I felt I'd be up for the challenge!
2) What is your position at DODOcase and what do you do on a daily basis?
I'm the Bindery Manager at DODOcase. I work with a small team to build all the stock and Customizer book-bound cases. I create the daily plan for the department, and I work to create and maintain an efficient system that can produce all the cases we need in a timely manner. We work with a lot of machinery on the daily, including an old Challenge guillotine, several pot devins (glue machines), a casemaker, two Kluge presses, and a Kwikprint and Kensol foil stamper.
3) What do you like best about DODOcase?
I really enjoy the people I get to work with here at DODOcase. We've got a really wide range of people with totally diverse skill sets, and there's always something you can learn while you're working with them!
4) What are you passionate about?
Making things! There's always another technique out there to learn- right now I'm fascinated by block-printed wallpaper, it just blows my mind how many impressions need to be made in order to make one roll. Some prints have sixteen layers, and they only register using pins! It's fascinating.
5) What's your favorite DODOcase?
I like the look of the new BOOKcases, I think the brown leather makes every pattern and color of book cloth look good, and I like the sewn details.
6) What type of DODOcases are the most fun to make?
Any of the customizers with really outlandish combinations of prints and colors- I still find myself being surprised and cheered at the crazy things people choose to put together.