Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Letterpress
Thanks for the good thoughts and observations.
It's true that the press has a history and a craft which has largely slipped under (or is it arched over) the nano-second awareness of contemporary culture, including those young folks who see letterpress as the natural extension of rubberstamping ;-) (Which, in a way, it is!)
Nonetheless, the unyielding nature of steel and iron will eventually raise questions in those minds about the origins and best practices of the art.
At least there's some love for the physical material involved...
(iPad apps notwithstanding ;-)
Exquisite letterpress takes time™
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On 6 Feb 2012, at 7:29 PM, Austin Jones wrote:
> Gerald and Barbara
> I can hear you. I also share your concern. I would like to suggest that we need to consider history. In 1776 John Dunlap printed approx 120 copies of the Declaration of Independence for the expressed purpose of posting on the broadside of buildings up and down the east coast. Today there are 20 of those broadsides in existence. They are highly prized to the point that the last one to come up for auction brought over 7 million dollars.
> I do not think we can control how history will view our efforts. We do - knowing the effort will make its own place in history. John Dunlap had no thought as to how history would view the efforts of his shop on the night of July 4, 1776. He was just doing a job. He was working to get the word out to the masses. Nothing more, nothing less.
> I see worrying about how our efforts will survive makes about as much sense as trying to write a will telling how the benefactor is to use the proceeds.
> Just print and let the work stand on its own merits.
> Austin Jones
- To tell the truth, I really enjoy the planning, prepress,and bindery of complex jobs more than the presswork.Right now I have a case bound, (Smythe Sewen,)project in house that includes eleven gatfold illustrations,one six pages long. After a lot of careful planningI am looking for fun on the folder.MaiKätzchen
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From: Austin Jones <austin@...>
Sent: Sun, February 12, 2012 4:39:39 AM
Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: LetterpressWith regard to communities - Lets add a couple more distinctions. There are great technicians and there are great designers. I once had an art teacher who was a great technician on the litho stone. she could print from a stone with a technique like no other, but couldn't create a design if her life depended on it. I know others who can design some very interesting layouts, but their ability to execute left lots to be desired. I also know a printer who once told me he loved to get the first two or three prints off the press then it was all work and boring from that point on.So, it is all in the details. I recall from a workshop I attended several years ago on the jurying process. The issues raised were design, function, and execution. Every piece can be looked at with these elements in mind. How well is the piece designed; How well does it do its job; and how well was the design executed.While we may choose to see a work as a whole, I think it is more fair and complete to look at the various elements. This way we are likely to see the work for its true value.Just one more thought on how we can choose to see a printed item.
austin@...----- Original Message -----From: Incline PressSent: Saturday, February 11, 2012 6:50 AMSubject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Letterpress
Aye, and there’s two communities, the makers and the buyers. To a large extent the makers can take care of themselves so far as process goes – that is if they have enough wit to find and open a few books, and maybe visit a few existing makers. It’s the buyers I think we need to be more concerned about, thus the value of the bibliophile clubs, the FPBA, the book Fairs, the newspaper/magazine/journal articles, and of course our own well printed ephemera. Personally I still think there would be a great value in forming, very specifically, a society of letterpress book makers, whose members would be committed to making good publicity for the process, to explain it to potential new buyers, but I think I’m in a minority of one, at least as far as any response indicates. The FPBA has gone in a quite different direction, and as good as it is, it’s too inward looking for any growth in educated patrons of the book makers. So it’s head down and into the wind.
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I'd agree with this, isn't "push back against ignorance" what education is all about? or should be? This forum (and others like it) wouldn't exist if we all just quietly ignored the community.