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Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards

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Chad Pastotnik and Daniel Schneider
2016 master artist and apprentice
Mancelona (Antrim County) and Lake Linden (Houghton County)
Book arts and fine press

Chad Pastotnik first learned about book press art in college. Because he was inspired by Michiganís role in the Industrial Age as a producer of print media and a manufacturer of the printing machines required to generate this media, he returned to northern Michigan after college. He established Deepwood Press in 1992. He has continued his education in book arts through involvement with the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and frequently visiting the University of Iowa to learn from K.K. Merker of Windover Press and the Chicago Hand Bookbinders (now a part of Columbia College).

Chadís work includes book projects, album artwork, poster printing, and more. He is now one of about fifty artists working in fine press in the United States. Of these, only a few combine disciplines of type casting, composition, printing, and binding in one operationómany do not bind their own books, cast their own type, or illustrate their own texts as Chad does.

Chad has taken on and trained nine apprentices over the last fifteen years, and will add Daniel Schneider to that number through this apprenticeship. Danielís interest in letterpress printing began in 2010 when he helped the Copper Country Community Arts Center set up a letterpress studio with donated machinery under the tutelage of retired printer Ed Burroughs. Since then, he has been improving his knowledge and skill by taking workshops and attending seminars in New York, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. This apprenticeship will allow him to combine this existing knowledge with new art forms such as bookbinding and wood engraving. His future plans in book arts involve producing work that documents, interprets, and honors industrial heritage. Daniel will continue his work at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, teaching letterpress printing classes, and helping to facilitate community access to the Centerís letterpress printing studio.

-Micah Ling

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