Since the beginning of January, I have had the pleasure of interning at Small Craft Advisory Press located at Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research in Tallahassee, Florida. Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP) is an artist book press that concentrates on enabling artist to create experimental and collaborative artist book editions. Book artists from all around come to Tallahassee to create collaborative art works at SCAP, employing its unique facility of traditional and contemporary means of book making. As an intern, I work on the many individual steps in the intricate process of creating an edition of artist books.
Day by day my intern work changes and revolves around the projects happening at the press. Some days I am stationary, working tediously on one job. Other days, I float around FAR completing a variety of tasks. On any day I could be printing business cards on one of SCAP’s three Vandercook presses, setting up artist book displays for FAR tours, tracing and cutting five-foot parachutes for Lake + Cloud (a collaborative artist book project by Katie Baldwin and Denise Bookwalter, director of SCAP), designing and creating new aprons for FAR visiting artists, laser engraving artist book enclosures, weeding laser-cut artist book pages, cheering on Allison Milam (SCAP press manager), or even occasionally taking on the responsibility of eating the last of a dozen donuts. My work at SCAP varies; therefore I am always in for an interesting day at the press.