Mid October last year the Board of the Guild asked if I would take over from the editor who made our Guild’s ‘magazine’. Once it had 24 pages with a full color cover front and back, but it dwindled to no magazine at all at the beginning of 2008. The whole editorial staff consisted of 4 people and then suddenly only one was left.
In that time I was the webmaster and the administrative secretary. I stopped with that last job in October 2008, but kept writing for the leaflet that was produced then. Now, I’m the only one who writes for this magazine.
I went to Graphic School here in Amsterdam for a Blauwe Maandag [translates in Blue Monday, meaning in Dutch: a short period, although in English it means something totally different]. I spend a year in that school and my love for fonts, paper and reading grew, a look at my large library confirms that.
I had most of my texts ready, there’s only two pieces I still have to write, but that will be finished later today. Next thing, photo’s to accompany the text, especially ones who are free of rights, that’s tricky but I found some. Next what do you put on the cover, most editors start with a theme and go from there, but since this is such a mixed issue I needed a timeless picture that covers the whole load. And on the net I found several, all free of rights and high enough in kB’s to keep the lay-out person happy. Because that’s something I don’t do for this mag. I tell her what I want and where I want it, what pictures to use, maybe even some color changes, and the proof reading of course.
I’ve enough for 8 pages, speakers who introduce themselves for an upcoming event, a piece for Week van het Ambacht [Week of Crafts] which will be held from April 16 – 24, an Agenda for regional meetings, a piece on showing your creations on the runway, the up-coming European Master Tailor event in Bolzano, Italy and other stuff a national association of tailors wants to know. All in all quite some work if you haven’t done this type of stuff in ages.
The good thing is, I finished one week ahead of my deadline. Let’s hope I didn’t forget something… and if I did they can always write a letter to the editor.