TOOLS OF THE TRADE: glasses
QUESTION #1: Are you near-sighted or far-sighted?
ANSWER #1: Near-sighted.
QUESTION #2: If you are near-sighted, that means you can see near and you must be able to see all of the little pieces of type just fine without glasses, right? So, why do you consider glasses to be a tool needed in a letterpress shop?
ANSWER #2: Well, letterpress is a perfect art form for myopians — is that a word, myopians? – near-sighted people. Tiny things, like letterpress type is easy to see without glasses, but glasses are needed to prevent things like walking into the walls and mistaking the jar of glycerine for a glass of water when you are thirsty. They are also essential for seeing oncoming traffic, bicyclists, deer and enjoying the view from a window during lunch.
QUESTION #3: Do you wear yellow tinted glasses all of the time?
ANSWER #3: No, just outside, on cloudy days. It makes everything seem sunnier and happier. Clear non-tinted glasses are actually the best for letterpress, so you can see what color the paper and ink really look like.
QUESTION #4: Do you recommend wearing safety glasses while doing letterpress?
ANSWER #4: If you want to look cool, yes. You’d look especially cool in these green ones: http://www.toughweld.com/products/2289-the-shield-safety-glasses
QUESTION #5: Do you have any suggestions for hyperopian, far-sighted people?
ANSWER #5: Go paint awesome murals and make big things happen, then come back to the print studio and we’ll talk about art over a cup of tea. Be sure to bring your glasses with you so you can see the little poem we just printed using little tiny type while you were out.