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Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM
You might call Rose McShane, 54, a press operator. But she prefers the term “craftsman.”
McShane worked for R.R. Donnelley NYC from 1987 until 2008 when the plant closed. She is currently studying for her masters in occupational safety.
McShane earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia Southern University and Cooper Union. “I experimented with drawing, painting, bronze casting, photography and printmaking,” she recalls. “I enjoyed hand lithography and etching.”
Shortly after graduating from Cooper, McShane joined an OTB as a trainee. Printing racing forms ultimately led to a commercial printing career.
All of McShane's training was on the job. “I was not afraid to get my hands dirty changing gears and bearings.”
While many coworkers and supervisors were supportive, some were not. “I owe my success to all the women who had to endure insulting hardships, trials and tribulations before I stepped into the fray,” she says. “These women are the real heroes.”
Vintage clay poker chips' smooth surface and 39mm scale appealed to McShane's fine art skills: “My love of animals and nature led to impromptu ink portraits.” Commissions for pet portraits soon followed. “I added color, using etching techniques with scribes,” explains McShane. “Landscapes came next.”
For our complete Q&A with Rose McShane, see www.americanprinter.com.
Six years ago, Doug Wilson got hooked on the Linotype at Missouri State University. “For my senior thesis project, I re-established a letterpress printing area for the graphic design department.” Wilson visited a local shop specializing in diecutting and scoring, and he was immediately intrigued. “I just HAD to know more about this amazing machine,” he says. The field trip led to “Linotype: The Film.” The film is slated for a fall 2011 release.
“The best $40 purchase in company history is now hanging from our rafters for all to see,” reports Utley Brothers' Andy Harrison. “Given the beginning of our company came as Bob Utley returned from WWII, following service in the Pacific, it is amazing we haven't had Ol' Glory proudly presented sooner. Better late than never — it looks great up there.” Andy gave us the inside scoop on this 40-employee, family owned busines at http://blog.americanprinter.com/kob.
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