Jonathan Tignor interviewed Aaron Cohick, printer of the Press at Colorado College. Here is an excerpt from his article in today's Catalyst article entitled 10 Questions with Aaron Cohick.
Why is it important for a college campus to have its own letterpress studio?
In a way that’s sort of one of the driving questions I think of this place. It’s one of the questions that [The Press] asks, and in a way that’s changing: a sense of why it’s important or how it can be important. I think for me, the reason we do this is not because it’s efficient or cost-effective or any of those things. We do this because something about this technology, which is essentially an obsolete technology, shifts our focus in a different way, and so we see our language, how we construct a page, how we construct a book, how we construct a text; it lets us see it differently than we would normally interact with it. And that can be, hopefully, valuable as a way to start thinking about how those things are constructed, how they make their way out into the world, what that means, what you can do with those kinds of things. So there’s that aspect of it, which is sort of like an engagement with the material and with the process. Also, I try to make the press a place that’s kind of open and accessible to people; if they want to make things, they can come and do stuff. It’s a place where you can amplify your voice because you can make a thing in multiple and distribute it. This is actually sometimes a very solitary pursuit, but also sometimes it’s very sort of group-oriented pursuit, so it’s a collaborative space. It’s just like a weird thing that some people get really into.
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