It's Friday, and I am a little late for Throw Back Thursday, but here is a 2014 Q & A with Susan Galbraith from The Capitol Hill Times.. Full link here.
You’re known for taking in and mentoring talented young people and/or artists as apprentices — what made you decide to give back in that way and what has that experience been like for you and your company?
I’ve been fortunate to have had fabulous mentors over the years and it is their generosity that has given me the desire to do the same. I enjoy having younger artists apprentice with me; it is our exchange of ideas that truly make the presses run.
Were there ever any obstacles that made you doubt starting your own business, and if so, what made you push through to accomplish it anyways?
There are doubts every day as to starting my own business, but printing is problem solving and I enjoy that. I have to print; like the fish that stops swimming, you also stop breathing. It’s important to keep moving.
What makes Bremelo so unique? How did you come up with the process you use and what drives your passion behind the letterpress technology?
I bring to Bremelo Press my understanding of beauty through the mathematical properties of The Golden Ratio. This is inherent in hand set type and it is in all my projects and collaborations. The best minds of the last 400 years are your co-workers. Going to work with Gutenberg and Fibonacci after morning coffee never gets old.
How long have you lived on Capitol Hill? How has the culture on the Hill affected you personally and professionally?
I’ve lived in my current home on Capitol Hill for eight years this Halloween, after being on and off the Hill for many years. It’s the best place I have ever lived. My neighbors and friends have become my City Family. The density of the neighborhood precipitates interaction. As the structure of this neighborhood undergoes radical change, it is igniting the creative community to establish a continued presence in imaginative and wonderful ways. It’s an exciting time to be on the Hill.
You seem to be very involved with connecting people within your business as well as outside. Has that always been a goal of yours of something that developed over time?
I very much enjoy connecting and collaborating. I think it is something that I have always valued and it is intentional to how I work. To have artists, brides, grooms or small business owners in the shop, discovering how to translate their ideas into handset type, is always the best. There are moments of discovery for all of us. The shop works better with others present and involved. It’s just more fun.
You also have classes available at your press. How long have you offered that and what can someone expect from the class?
Over the last eight years, by offering letterpress classes, I give students an opportunity to learn in a working letterpress print studio. It’s much like a meeting with my clients, as we sit over tea and brainstorm ideas. Then we get to setting type, snacks and printing. Students come with or without ideas, and leave holding something they’ve made with their own hands.
Do you have any future goals regarding the press and where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I’m not quite to my Willy Wonka years, but I hope to have many “Charlies” who will be printing and making delicious things that matter. I look forward to leaving behind a trail of beauty, and I’m not done yet!