‘Though an angel should write, / still ’tis devils must print.’— Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
DEVIL'S ARTISAN #63, FALL/WINTER 2008
IN ALLAN FLEMING'S ARCHIVE
Original printed wraps. 124 pp. Octavo.
The second issue (of two) of the Devil's Artisan guest-edited by Martha Fleming on the subject of her father, Allan Fleming.
Articles include ... Allan Fleming at Home: A Partial Reconstruction by Martha Fleming. Nine Months to Make or Break Canadian Magazine Design: Allan Fleming and Maclean's by Donna Braggins. Designing Nature and Picturing Prestige: Allan Fleming's Work on Canada: A Year of the Land and Canada, du temps qui passe by Carol Payne. Ontario Hydro Symbol Launch Document, 1965 (Employee Version). The One That Got Away: Allan Fleming and the Bay by Brian Donnelly. `Cabin'd, cribb'd, confin'd': A Commercial Designer's Frustrating Years in Canadian Scholarly Publishing by Devin Crawley.
A Rogues' Gallery features Jim Donoahue, of Cooper & Beatty fame.
This is a companion volume to DA 62 (Spring/Summer 2008), which contained a chronology and images of Allan Fleming's life and work, autobiographical fragments and a survey of Fleming archival resources.
Printed offset on the Heidelberg KORD at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill in the Village of Erin, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Smyth sewn into 16-page signatures. With coloured endleaves, hand-tipped, front and back.
Keepsake laid in was designed by E A Hobart (Zab) and features a reproduction of a `Typograf' of the sort that Allan Fleming most certainly used at Cooper & Beatty. Printed offset in two spot colours by Tim Inkster on the Heidelberg KORD. The cover was also printed offset by Tim Inkster at the Porcupine's Quill and features a reproduction of a cover design Allan Fleming created for Maclean's.
Allan Fleming (l) and Lorraine Monk at the Carswell Company's printing devision in 1967, checking proofs for Canada, A Year of the Land.
The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.
To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.
The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.
Allan Fleming at Home: a Partial Reconstruction, by Martha Fleming.
Nine Months to Make or Break Canadian Magazine Design: Allan Fleming and Maclean's, by Donna Braggins.
Other contributions by Devin Crawley, Carol Payne and Brian Donnelly.
A Rogues' Gallery features Jim Donoahue.