Part of our intention in running the Letterpress Reimagined project, has been to capture, collate and share stories from people who have been involved in the print trade for any or all of their lives. We’re aware that this is a sector which has undergone massive change in the past thirty years, and we don’t want these stories to be lost.
We visited Amberley Museum a couple of weeks back, and stories from the volunteers there inspired and encouraged us. As well as sharing these stories, we’re interested in others, from anyone with a connection to letterpress or similar printing.
This is where you come in! If you fall into this category, or someone in your family does, or did, we’d love to hear from you. The kind of stories we’re looking for include:
-What encouraged or caused you to get involved with letterpress printing in the first place?
–How would you say the craft / business has changed over the last 30 years?
–What role would you say letterpress, and methods of traditional printing have in contemporary society?
–What’s your favourite story / memory or occasion in your career (or time as a hobby printer)?
–What would you say has been the saddest moment in your career (or time as a hobby printer)?
–What one bit of advice would you like to pass on to anyone just starting out?
-Anything else you’d like to share!
You don’t have to give your name, though you can if you want, and the stories will appear on this site.
We’d also be interested in any photos, drawings etc that you might want to contribute as well – perhaps a photo of you all smiling around a new press, or your first day as a compositor etc. Perhaps your log-book from your time as a printer’s apprentice. Anything like that, really!
Please don’t worry about it ‘sounding right’ or needing to format things in any way. Just scrambled thoughts, a couple of sentences, or sketchy memories – anything at all will be gratefully received!!
You can either comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do also give us a shout if you have any thoughts or questions about the project as a whole!
Thanks in advance!