We had a wonderful Maker Faire this weekend!
Today, 400 or so (we lost track!) people printed “Top Secret Recipe” cards with us. Yesterday, 600 people printed cards with us.
We are grateful to Maker Faire for providing us with the opportunity to share a little bit of letterpress with so many enthusiastic and interested people. We had a fantastic time and we hope everyone else did too.
It was a pleasure to provide the opportunity to try letterpress printing to so many people. It was also delightful to listen to the letterpress related stories that so many people shared with us including stories: of fathers, grandfathers, neighbors and friends who worked at letterpress related jobs in the past; of taking art and classes in junior high, high school and college that included letterpress learning opportunities; of printing presses being used to print village newspapers in far away places like India; and other stories of printing presses so near and dear that they were moved (sometimes at great expense) along with individuals and families when life changes dictated moves across the county and even from country to country.
It was truly wonderful to see the wide-eyed smiles emerge from children who had never heard of letterpress printing before. The question, “Where does the ink cartridge go?” — which was asked by more than one child – was answered with huge smiles on our part as we explained, “Well, in the old days…”.
Here are few photos we took today of some more of the world’s newest letterpress people. (A few more photos that we took yesterday can be seen here.)
Thank you to everyone who visited us and also to those who helped make our demonstration area at Maker Faire 2012 possible. We could not have done this without you!