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>Date: Tue, 27 Feb 1996 14:05:41 -0900
>Reply-To: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting"
>Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting"
>From: Artemis Bonadea <artemisb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: design printers
>To: Multiple recipients of list BOOK_ARTS-L
>I am working on a collaborative effort with a letterpress printer in
>portland, oregon. recently we had a discussion about the tradition of
>printers not signing their work. I was intrigued and wanted to know if
>anyone else has wrestled with this question.
>It makes sense for the printer not to sign when the work is strictly
>trade printing but what about designer printing, much like designer
>binding? My printer is intimately connected with the design of the
>printed booklet which will accompany the book sculpture I am designing
>and printing. While I may have the last say because it's *mine*, her
>expertise an, yes, artistic abilities will contribute much to the
>In addition to her discomfort at signing the finished book, she also
>informs me that she wouldn't sign a book she was totally responsible for
>(making all choices and doing all the work). I wonder if other printers
>have wrestled with this?
>I am reminded of binding history where the binder was considered only a
>worker, not a creative person. We now how the concept of design binder,
>how about a design printer?
>Artemis BonaDea, Conservation Technician
>Alaska State Library
>Juneau, AK 99811
Artemis... I'm a designer-printer-binder-publisher... and I sign everything.
I think your printer needs an attitude adjustment.. nobody has THAT little
ego! Besides, buyers of a book want to know who was involved in its
production and a signature just makes it more authenticated, especially when
the book shoots up in price in 20 years!
Waterleaf Mill & Bindery
"Try, fail, fail again, fail better!"