Re: [PPLetterpress] What happened here?
Thanks for the encouragement.
I have a BFA in art education and an MFA in photography and I think the side of me that is a trained teacher, assumes that 'no question is a stupid question' though I have only actually asked a few questions on the post, none of which I have thought to be stupid. :) What I have realized through some of the hostile posts, some of the defensive posts and some of the encouraging posts is that not everyone is a "teacher". Nor do they want to be. And that is okay.
I think the younger people in the group would like to think that the experienced people would like to share their knowledge, advice, war stories etc.... because we value and appreciate what they know. We assume they will want us to carry on their 'legacy' (as someone earlier made a wonderful point earlier). That is not always the case for various reasons. Many of which seem to echo having bad experiences when teaching younger people who aren't as dedicated as they should be. As someone teaching high-schoolers all day, how to appreciate art & photography, I can empathize with that sentiment. There is nothing worse than spending time and energy on something that you are so passionate about only to have it thrown in your face by someone who doesn't value it in the same way.
However, the 'student' side of me (that we should all still have) knows that I am not those students. I know I am not looking for a quick fix or an easy way out. Now how do I prove that? Perseverance. What I think everyone should realize is that respect should be earned on all fronts and from both sides. I refuse to believe that the experienced folks are done learning or that the younger folks have nothing of value to share. I can't believe so much time has been spent this past week ripping each other to shreds when we should ban together. Perhaps this is idealistic but I guess we can only take things so seriously before it becomes pointless.
I guess the point of this exhaustive email, with perfect capitalization I might add :), is to say thank you to all of those who have been and will continue to be a wonderful source or encouragement and support. People who post to this board spouting angry nonsense, throwing their knowledgeable use of expletives around (this is not the same as thoughtful opposition to a contradictory viewpoint) only intend to further divide us. This is where we (or at least I) will exercise the right, rather than get all riled up or discouraged, to simply hit the delete button.
Ian Bristow <ductormanpaperboy@...> wrote:
Hi Kelly I have not posted on this group for quite
some time, I was blasted about asking stupid
questions. However you need to ask many questions to
learn and if you have the determination and heart you
can print anything that comes your way.
--- Kelly Maron <kellymaron@...> wrote:
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- I would love to offer an apprenticeship to anyone willing to learn
letterpress printing, but there are several problems with the concept in
#1: Location: Rural Upstate New York, 35 miles NNE of Syracuse, in the
middle of nowhere, so it is hard to find anyone to want to move here.
Outside of working, there is little or nothing to do.... (Hey, that may be
a benefit, the apprentice can work 24/7 <grin>).
#2: Current employee: We have one part time employee working on our one
regular local commercial account, and would not want to displace him for an
#3: Work Volume: Since our fund raising side of the business has suffered
drastic decreases in the past 5-6 years, we are working on developing other
lines of work, but until that develops more fully, we just don't have
enough work to keep anyone on a full-time basis...
Other than that, I would love to share my experience of operating a
commercial letterpress operation for the past 26 years. We have (4) Miehle
Vertical V-50's, (5) B. Verner Model FM Multipresses (for envelopes,
mainly), (1) C&P 10x15 Craftsman w/Rice Feeder, (1) C&P 10x15 Craftsman
Handfed and (1) C&P 8x12 NS. We use all of these presses on various
projects. When we were 100% in the stationery fund raising business, each
press was set up to run a single product line. Now, I am looking for
additional other work to keep more of this equipment in operation more
often. Once that developes, maybe if there are some interested people, I
could take on an apprentice or two to learn the craft. Oh, yeah, our type
setting department consists of 3 Intertypes and 2 Ludlows with 40+ fonts
for the Ludlows and 20+ fonts for the Intertypes. We long ago dumped all
of our foundry type to the scrap dealer (20 years ago or so, my father's
decision, not mine....).
With this in mind as well: an apprenticeship with us would include most of
what Allen described, as we have about the same type of operation as his,
except for the foundry type part of the operation. (We do still have 3
cases of foundry type, however, so someone could learn the layout of a
Calif. Job Case, etc...) It is a dirty job at times, and everything to
keep a commercial shop operating has to be in the brain of the owner, so
you have to learn everything from the bottom up....
- Lance Williams, President
Williams Stationery Co.
(Printer of Kadet Stationery)
Camden, New York
> [Original Message]thoughtful email should be. I DO think us young ones need to know what is
> From: Kelly Maron <kellymaron@...>
> To: <PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com>
> Date: 6/4/2006 12:41:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Internships/Apprenticeships
> See... this is a realistic yet not alienating email. This is what a
involved, the unglamorous and unromantic side. But know that there are a
few of us out there who may be naive and inexperienced but WILL work our
butts off. Hopefully this group allows us to find each other.
> Allen Stump <adstump@...> wrote:
> ' Evening Kseniya, Kelly et al -
> Regarding apprenticeships, internships:
> I run a traditional job printing shop, a bit of
> a time warp perhaps, producing quality printing
> primarily from type and engravings. Recently I
> have spent a lot of time talking and e-mailing
> folks that want to learn the craft, at least a
> half a dozen so far in my current incarnation.
> Results; zero, nada, zip. All full of idealism
> and perhaps a bit naive as to the actual aspects
> of being an intern leading to an apprenticeship.
> On occasion these duties are are hot, physical
> and demanding - ie: cleaning the plungers, wells
> and skimming the pots on the Elrod, Ludlow and
> Intertype. In addition, about once a month,
> firing up the remelt furnace and casting pigs for
> the machines. Duties also include filling up the
> lead and slug racks and sorting of copper and
> brass spaces.Then there is always type to dis and
> fonts to be dissed into cases, proofs pulled and
> cataloged. Galleys to be dumped and or saved.
> Keeping the stone and banks tidy, furniture
> stowed correctly in cabinets. Hand feeding,
> "machine minding" automatic presses, plus the
> care of presses (washing up and maintenance)
> Hand folding and bindery work, shrink wrapping,
> padding and paper cutting. Plus the usual grunge
> work, sweeping the floor and dumping the trash.
> Being a certified "old fart" (and a touch
> cranky), I'd like to teach some one to learn this
> craft/trade/business with a long range view of
> someone to take care of this business after my
> demise. My children have divorced me a long time
> ago and essentially have no one to leave this
> fine collection of stuff to and I'd definitely
> hate to see it dumped for scrap.
> Anyway, enough of ranting and raving, for now.
> a Mano Press � Allen Stump, Printer
> 22568 Mission Blvd. # 504 Hayward, CA 94541
> (510) 780-0520 (Shop) � (510)
> 582-4830 (Fax) � (510) 209-0740 (Cell)
> http://www.amanopress.com/ - e: printer@...
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