Slowly my studio is coming together. Still much of my tools are just placed somewhere, and others which were placed more carefully have their position not yet tested. There is more furniture I am having my eye on (“hello, map chest”, *wink), and tools I would like (“ooh, intaglio press, you are looking good today”), and walls and shelves are missing on the wall (“electric drill, where are you hiding?!”). Still, I feel like I am getting closer to actually start working. Today I even opened my 346 file on this computer and re-acquainted myself with the problems I encountered last, and started to think about solutions.
And last week I participated in a workshop! It is called “Made in a Day” and was hosted by the newly founded Nottingham School of Print. To my surprise (and I must say, slight disappointment) the day was not spent with a screen, printing away, but mosly hiking through Nottingham, taking photos, sketching and writing, and generally producing the contents of a zine which was then printed on a risograph machine, and will get bound (probably stapled) this Wednesday. Despite my inital disappointment about the lack of printing, it has been a great day. I met and talked to a bunch of cool new people. And talking with Benjamin was especially interesting. Ben is one of the owners of dizzy ink, a commercial printing service which uses risograph machines to do all the jobs. (Thus the result is almost as economic in price as offset printing, but looks like – nay, rather is – a screen print.) Whether something else will come out of this contact, time will have to tell, but I have some plans…
The rest of the house is also getting somewhere. I have dreamed of a library / reading room for a long time, and finally it has come true. The picture below was taken several days ago. By now most books are on the shelves (just one box still unpacked) and a large chunk of books is properly sorted. We are tossing a fairly large pile of books: mostly books that we either had twice (for example breakfast for champions, unread copy; we had it twice even from the same edition), or German translations where we also have an English version (well, only translations we’re not interested in; of some works M. collects translations… I tossed for example about 15 Terry Pratchett books in German translation). If anyone is interested in a box of mixed books, all somewhere between fair and good-as-new condition, most of them in German language, feel free to contact me. I am probably going to put them on our skip, and would be happy to give them away. (You would have to cover shipping, though, if you are not collecting.
So, what else have I been doing apart from a one-day workshop and sorting through books? I am still pondering the question whether my new shopname/business name should be:
- Büchertiger (Studio & Press / Supplies) – i.e. change nothing
- Book Tiger (Studio & Press / Supplies) – i.e. translating
- Wash House Studio / BookbindingSupplies – new
I lean towards the last option but still feel hesitant. Well, and then there’s this: unfortunately the contents of several boxes with files look like this:
They are my transcripts from lectures I attended when studying two lives earlier. We desperately need to clear out the garage, and this is noth worth keeping anymore. Still I am not ready to let them go: I am currently scanning them all into my computer and will toss the physical copy. – And I am still busy with the first folder, several more to come.
So, yeah, that’s it pretty much. Oh, I won a yudu printing machine in an ebay auction recently. More about that, once it arrives. – I still have not worked through my backlog of blogposts. Maybe you’ll give me a brief here: What are you up to?