On 13th May, the DIB chapter went to Bynd Artisan for their bonding activity. The staff of Bynd Artisan very nicely agreed to host our bonding activity, and also show us the process of hand binding notebooks.
With the advancement of technology, Bynd Artisan is one of the few company that is dedicated to preserving the dying art of book binding by hand.
Situated in the industrial setting of Boon Lay, we managed to find Bynd Artisan rather easily, albeit inconveniently. Once we entered Bynd Artisan, the friendly staff were there to greet us and showed us their display of products.
After that, we sat down and the fun begins! With the materials all laid out before us, they took us through the process of book binding by hand, step by step. The first few steps were quite simple: choose your paper, choose the colour of the cover and the colour of the back, and poke holes (which would be where the string goes through) in the pages. After that, however, the real challenge starts. It was a rather complicated process, the challenging intricacies of tying the string so as to bind the book. The way they weaved the string in and out of the pages so effortlessly fooled us into thinking that it would be easy—it was not. Many of us ended up having to request that the instructor redid her demonstration again, over and over.
Halfway through, we took a break and mingled amongst each other, while the owner of Bynd Artisan let us tried his coffee. As we were talking, they issued a challenge to us: whoever takes a picture, post it on Instagram and hashtag Bynd Artisan, and gets the most likes, would win a customisable notebook, courtesy of Bynd Artisan. Needless to say, there was a frantic spur of photo taking activities of the work area. After that short respite, we resumed our (tedious but oddly rewarding) book binding activity, as we chatted and bonded more with each other (over our inept book binding abilities among other things).
All in all, it was a rather enjoyable day, and we took a group photo to end the day on a sweet note. With bounded books and smiles on our faces, the DIB chapter grew closer to one another.