We finished! I cant believe it. Well if I am honest, We finished about a month ago. It was a huge effort, a great deal of work from all participants, and I have had to take a little break to recover - printer's elbow and all. It was a truely great experience, A series of 4 workshops (which ended up spreading into 5 extra work days) involving a range of printers and artists. I feel like I made a great deal of friends through the experience, and my type-setting and printing skills vastly improved! I know my Muttons from my Nuttons, and I can pick up a block of type no problem now. 'We'll make a comp (compositor) of you yet.'
The second of the workshops was focused on composing of type. We had our design and we had done our homework (which was to pick a print company and conduct our bit of research on each), So each participant picked a printer to compose a small advert about (think Kelly's directory). Joined by Peter Barnard (Western Print Services), John Roberts (John Wright & Co), and Paul Bishop (Bishop & Co).
As far as sharing skills, crossing generations and mutual learning, the project has already surpassed all of my expectations. Some of the responses I have had have been amazing. Printers saying just how great it has been to get back to a trade they havent touched for over 30 years, Participants having commented on how much they have learnt from the printers.
It was all worth it. They last few weeks of the project were knackering, it has to be mentioned. I really pushed it to the edge with the print schedule, a case of limited studio time, my own misjudgement, meant a lot of late nights involved. To be honest, this was the way many of the guys used to work, so I guess it was the true experience. I would definitely do it all over again, I have made so many great friends from it all, and I look forward to the future events.