Now that I have spent a little time there, I see my vision for BSPco here, a community effort, alternative press, local projects, artistic, politically involved people. It is somewhat of a miracle. So valued there already, I was asked to oversee the “benefits” program, where I would coordinate resources for members who want to do their own printing projects. What could be cooler than this? Maybe staying at home, reading in bed with a cup of tea? Or gardening, for $40 an hour in the fresh air and sunshine and weeds? We shall see.
On the other hand it seems a little cult-y, and like so many things I jump into, I wonder if I will need to jump out. Like the Dharma Publishing volunteer gig, there are skills to learn and quantities of nutritious food. Unfortunately, the big-screen TV news is on at meals, very bad for digestion Last night, though, intending to leave early, I stayed for the movie, Cradle Will Rock. I had seen it before but hadn’t focused on all the theatrical twists and turns. I really enjoyed it, and there was a good bit of interesting discussion of context and WPA history before and after.
Sort of feels like high school.
I got to use the letterpress to score covers for the book of poetry they designed and published, then tape and put the covers on the bound poems Nate had done the layout for.
Also this weekend I did a little painting, and now I feel like I have a watercolor kit that works for me–the design colors, Kolinsky brushes, watercolor pencils, a bucket for water, and a brush pen. Throw in a couple of random pens, one waterproof and one not, and a clear zip bag, and I am set.
Well, this is from a bad photograph of a painting, pastels and ink, that I gave to Jean Hooker some years ago.
UPDATE Summer 2016 I quickly lost interest in this project when, like Dharma, like BSPCo., I found myself working with solvents and toxic substances. That was the limit–the TV at lunch was intolerable, and really there was nothing there to do. The cult atmosphere was undeniable, and after Dickie died I just lost interest.