The ILSSA Markdown is an online publishing platform which shares the various activities of ILSSA and its membership.

Edited by Local 503 Shop JL.


2017 Festival to Plead for Skills (7 July 2017)

Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, ILSSA celebrates its own version of The Festival to Plead for Skills. The festival is derived from the Chinese holiday of Qi Xi and the Japanese festival of Tanabata, in which celebrants wish for the betterment of their own craftsmanship. Instead of wishing, the ILSSA festival is a holiday of PRACTICING. Every year on July 7, ILSSA members observe this holiday by practicing a skill: using a tool, trying a method, honing a technique. Members are asked to take a picture of their practice, and to send this photo along with a brief paragraph description to the Co-Operators.

Read more...

2016 Festival to Plead for Skills (7 July 2016)

Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, ILSSA celebrates its own version of The Festival to Plead for Skills. The festival is derived from the Chinese holiday of Qi Xi and the Japanese festival of Tanabata, in which celebrants wish for the betterment of their own craftsmanship. Instead of wishing, the ILSSA festival is a holiday of PRACTICING. Every year on July 7, ILSSA members observe this holiday by practicing a skill: using a tool, trying a method, honing a technique. Members are asked to take a picture of their practice, and to send this photo along with a brief paragraph description to the Co-Operators.

Read more...

It’s About Time: Alter this page for (circle one) minutes. (20 August 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our tenth question: Alter this page for (circle one) minutes.

View pages...

It’s About Time: Set a timer for one hour and watch time pass. Describe or illustrate it here. (20 August 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our ninth question: Set a timer for one hour and watch time pass. Describe or illustrate it here.

View pages...

It’s About Time: Does time equal money? (6 August 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our eighth question: Does time equal money?

View pages...

It’s About Time: List the five (or fewer) major activities in which you invest your time. (6 August 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our seventh question: List the five (or fewer) major activities in which you invest your time.

View pages...

It’s About Time: I'm skipping this page because… (15 July 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our sixth question: I'm skipping this page because…

View pages...

Studio tour with Rebecca Gilbert (Local 503 Shop FP) (10 July 2015)

“I am interested in problem solving in a physical way, and working with the limitations of metal type for letterpress printing appeals to me because of that. The production and composition of the characters and the process of printing itself all require precision to be done well. I struggle with the patience to practice with preciseness, so I continue to challenge myself & to learn through the experience.”

Read more...

2015 Festival to Plead for Skills (7 July 2015)

Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, ILSSA celebrates its own version of The Festival to Plead for Skills. The festival is derived from the Chinese holiday of Qi Xi and the Japanese festival of Tanabata, in which celebrants wish for the betterment of their own craftsmanship. Instead of wishing, the ILSSA festival is a holiday of PRACTICING. Every year on July 7, ILSSA members observe this holiday by practicing a skill: using a tool, trying a method, honing a technique. Members are asked to take a picture of their practice, and to send this photo along with a brief paragraph description to the Co-Operators.

Read more...

It's About Time: Draw lines for ten minutes. (1 July 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our fifth question: Draw lines for ten minutes.

View pages...

It's About Time: Keep your hands moving while you think. (3 June 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our fourth question: Keep your hands moving while you think.

View pages...

Studio tour with John Vincent (Local 802 Shop REV) (3 June 2015)

“Mostly what I print fits within the mission of the non-profit corporation I created in 2008, to wit: “A Revolutionary Press promotes, publishes, & disseminates Radical and Revolutionary ideals to inform the People of their Right and their duty to alter or abolish the present greed based capitalist Form of Government, and to institute a new and more humane form of Self Governance.” (Italicized phrases borrowed from the U.S. Declaration of Independence.) I would consider this optimism to be the impractical part of my labor.”

Read more...

It's About Time: True or false? (1 May 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our third question: True or false?

View pages...

Studio tour with Rosamond S. King (Local 718 Shop RSK) (1 May 2015)

“I engage an impractical practice first because I enjoy it. Repetitive tasks can be calming, and the amassing of dozens, or hundreds (or, occasionally, thousands) of objects is satisfying. … Making work that uses everyday materials makes it easier to give it away. By disseminating my work in these ways, I function within the gift economy, showing that capitalism is not our only option.”

Read more...

It's About Time: “If only I had more time I would…” (15 March 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our second question: “If only I had more time I would…” Make a list. Don’t hold back.

View pages...

Studio tour with Robyn Love (Local 347 Shop RL) (15 March 2015)

“There is something accessible and friendly about a piece of knitting or crochet. I use that positive association as a way of drawing people in. I gain their trust and, often, we are working together to make something so there is a sense of shared accomplishment. Then, I can start asking the bigger questions. By then, our relationship has changed, become less distant and they are open to my inquiries.”

Read more...

It's About Time: What is the best advice about time that you've ever been given? (1 March 2015)

Time. What is it? How do you save it? How do you spend it? Can you make more of it? ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person, asks these questions and 24 more. All current ILSSA members received the 28 page letterpress printed workbook in the January 2014 Quarterly. In return, 50 participating members of ILSSA visually and verbally explored the questions. This workbook is the most recent in a series of projects that ask members to reflect upon their process, and to share this reflection with the public.

Our first question: What is the best advice about time that you've ever been given?

View pages...

Studio tour with “Michael” Cunningham (Local 847 Shop "M") (19 December 2014)

“The simple act of doing. The long slog of sitting and carving; slowly, deliberately, meticulously shaping an image — an idea — until it becomes manifest. A material object, driven by my original idea, but adapting and adjusting and expanding as I make. Coming back later and finding something finished that looks like more than I possibly could have made with my own hands, something that breathes on its own.”

Read more...

2014 Festival to Plead for Skills (7 July 2014)

Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, ILSSA celebrates its own version of The Festival to Plead for Skills. The festival is derived from the Chinese holiday of Qi Xi and the Japanese festival of Tanabata, in which celebrants wish for the betterment of their own craftsmanship. Instead of wishing, the ILSSA festival is a holiday of PRACTICING. Every year on July 7, ILSSA members observe this holiday by practicing a skill: using a tool, trying a method, honing a technique. Members are asked to take a picture of their practice, and to send this photo along with a brief paragraph description to the Co-Operators.

Read more...

2013 Festival to Plead for Skills (26 June 2014)

Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, ILSSA celebrates its own version of The Festival to Plead for Skills. The festival is derived from the Chinese holiday of Qi Xi and the Japanese festival of Tanabata, in which celebrants wish for the betterment of their own craftsmanship. Instead of wishing, the ILSSA festival is a holiday of PRACTICING. Every year on July 7, ILSSA members observe this holiday by practicing a skill: using a tool, trying a method, honing a technique. Members are asked to take a picture of their practice, and to send this photo along with a brief paragraph description to the Co-Operators.

Read more...

2009 Festival to Plead for Skills (7 July 2009)

Each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, ILSSA celebrates its own version of The Festival to Plead for Skills. The festival is derived from the Chinese holiday of Qi Xi and the Japanese festival of Tanabata, in which celebrants wish for the betterment of their own craftsmanship. Instead of wishing, the ILSSA festival is a holiday of PRACTICING. Every year on July 7, ILSSA members observe this holiday by practicing a skill: using a tool, trying a method, honing a technique. Members are asked to take a picture of their practice, and to send this photo along with a brief paragraph description to the Co-Operators.

Read more...