893Re: Digital Simulation? (was: RE: [PPLetterpress] Digest Number 254)
- Sep 4, 2002Hi all,
As a former digital addict (I've a BFA in fine art with an emphasis in graphic
design) - I gotta admit I've fallen back in love with 'the human touch' after years
of work as a 'graphics' person. So much so that some 5 years back I decided that I
could no longer stomach my job as a graphic designer/pre-press person at a local
printing press. (I couldn't contribute to the landfill by creating slick coated
mass-produced things that had a very very short shelf life - things like media
guides for sporting events etc.)
I quit and went to work for myself - making hand made stuff. I won't go into the
long-winded list of what all I'm doing now, but I LOVE seeing other artists
letterpress work! I LOVE seeing original pen and ink illustrations. I LOVE doing
pen and ink illustrations and 're-producing' them via woodcuts or linocuts!
There's nothing better than getting your hands dirty and making something with a
personal flavor (both in the creation of, and the reading/looking.)
There's also nothing better than looking at something someone made with the sweat
of their brow.
And there's no better feeling - for me anyway - than after having worked a hard
days work, settling down in my easy chair with a cold beer knowing that I exerted
myself body, mind and spirit and that I gave it my all!
> > There is no question in my mind that the application of computers and
> > digitalization to the graphic arts is in its infancy. Although imitating=
> > little lead castings is one possibility, the ultimate use of this technol=ogy
> > has not yet even been imagined.
> HI David
> Well thought out, but I just have a guestion or two I'd like to pose
> in regard to your last statement here. Perhaps this needs to be
> I recently read on that statistical page in Harper's that the
> majority of humans living on the planet have never used a telephone.
> This is an interesting statistic don't you think? What does that say
> for the notion of unimpeded progress for digital technology in a
> world where most folks don't participate? Especially considering that
> our material resources are not infinite and economic decline is
> almost inevitable? (In eight years we will reach the half way point
> in exploiting the earth's "possible" bio massanother debatable
> statistic but this revealed from the oil industry itself). So,
> perhaps digital technology is not in its infancy, but already in its
> middle age???
> I suppose I sound like a Luddite. I'd like to think I'm not. But to
> put our faith in a continuous technological progress (in which very
> few of us, or any of us, actually play a part) may not exactly be a
> desirable, or realizable, goal.
> I suspect what I have said here would then tend to diminish the value
> of our letterpress work here and now... perhaps. Perhaps not. We do
> live in the here and now. And what we do here and now is what we have
> to offer the future. Just as we were informed by the past, that is also
> what we have to give over. We worked with our hands, and our minds, and
> our hearts. Is that too small a message to send to the future?
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