Third one down.
Less than a year ago, I was still working at a food ingredients plant wearing steel-toed boots, ear-plugs, safety-glasses, hair and beard nets, and a hard hat, while driving a fork-lift on alternating weeks of day and then night shifts. I was applying and interviewing for advertising or in-house design jobs in the Southern Maine, Coastal New Hampshire, and Greater Boston areas… basically anything relevant to my BFA in Visual Communications/Graphic Design. My long-term sights were set on eventually finding my way into the world of letterpress but - like I said - that was long-term and I hadn’t the slightest idea how to get my foot in the door. I was drooling over the work coming out of shops like The Mandate Press, Studio on Fire, Mama’s Sauce, Cranky Pressman… you get the picture. I had an arguably unhealthy dose of admiration and respect for these shops (and still do) but never imagined I would find myself in the midst of that world and certainly not so soon. Fast forward less than a year: I’m printing full-time at The Mandate Press and Studio on Fire just started following theGraveyard. It looks like my foot is in the door. Now, where do I go from here?
- First, I thank Mandate - again - for the investment made in my training/education.
- Second, I thank Studio on Fire for the follow and for the rekindling of the fire under me arse to legitimize this blog; to mold it into something a little less self-serving and a little more you-serving.
- Third, I remind myself to stay focused in my efforts to become more adept in the pressroom.
- Fourth/Last, but absolutely not least, I thank those of you that have been behind me before I even knew this adventure was beginning. Thanks for your support and please chime in with your feedback. The road ahead is not a short one but it’s looking pretty exciting these days.