Science Correspondent/Collaborator David Allen was back in UK last week to continue our work on what we have come to refer to as “Dave and Sarah’s Amazing Project.” Dave is a visiting Biology professor at Middlebury College and, coincidentally enough, my cousin. We went to college together, we go to family reunions together, and now, as you do, we are embarking on a book about population data, creating vaguely human-shaped figures out of paired population pyramids. Look how excited Dave is above! And that print wasn’t even finished yet.
Our plan for the week was three-pronged:
Prong #1: Finalize the design of the book and make a mockup
Prong #2: Write up a budget and plan a kickstarter campaign to raise
money for our materials
Prong #3: Produce prints or other possible rewards for donors to
aforementioned kickstarter campaign
In seven short days we went from rough, paper cutouts:
to tiny mockups in pubs:
to science on dining room tables:
to the press:
and, finally, to a pile of printed work. Kaboom.
Due to our unflagging work ethic except for when we wanted a beer, we managed to finish three prints and a mockup and still have time to spend an hour at the Booth Museum on Dave’s last day. Here, I’ll prove it:
Now Dave is gone and I am sad because there is no one to talk to about population data. Soon I will get to work on making that kickstarter video. Oh, don’t worry. You’ll be hearing about that. In other news, I passed my “Life in the UK” test for my new residency visa and there was even a letterpress-printing question! I know you think I am joking but this is 100% true. Visa interview on Thursday. Cross your fingers for me.
A note for readers in the South of England: places still available in my six week Tuesday-evening Bookbinding course at Ink Spot Press. Come! Make Books!