Thursday, June 12, 2008

Printing Plates

I used to work in a print shop in Nacogdoches, TX. It was a small shop and I was a layout artist. This was back in the days of line-tape, and waxers, and large cameras for increasing and decreasing the size of a graphic by a few percentage points. One day I told our professionally trained typesetter, "Soon we're going to do all this stuff on computers and it's going to be a lot easier."

She lit into me, giving me a big Texas style thrashing. She didn't want it to get any "easier". She studied hard to be a typesetter. Was I saying that all was worthless because of some damn machine?!

A couple of days ago, the above printing plates (which may be flexography plates) caught my eye. I saw them at a market in Avignon, and didn't hesitate. Maybe I can combine them into some sort of creative work!