Once a Printmaker

On a recent trip we stumbled into a shop where paper stationery is still made using linotype, printers' ink, and real presses. Spent most of a morning creating personalized notes to be printed by someone who still does it one piece at a time. I could have spent days there.

This place reinforces the idea that sometimes, old ways are still the best ways . This applies to jewelry making, which combines ancient and modern techniques. The owner says he doesn't care about the internet, yet his clients are from all over the world, including many names you'd know. This international support heartened me, because more people than we think recognize the value of time-honored techniques used by a master, and now, his son.

Gianni Basso in Venice Printmaking shop

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