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As digital technology continues to boom, typecast production is struggling to survive. Well, a man in Taiwan you're about to meet is doing everything he can to protect his preferred way of printing. Chang Chieh-kuan is not letting go of his unique set of traditional Chinese characters and casting equipment.
This is a metal casting machine, a pretty rare sight these days, clanking and clunking, going through the motions.
58-year-old Chang Chieh-kuan is the man carefully operating it in his tiny Taiwan studio in stifling summer heat.
Chang Chien Kuan, Taipei type maker, said, "In Taiwan, I could be the last type maker. If I don't preserve the basics of this business for my descendents it would be a big loss for Taiwan. As for humanity, the Chinese-character movable letterpress is a huge cultural asset and could disappear."
This is the Kaishu character Chang Chieh-kuan wants to preserve.
He says it's vital these copper moulds are preserved to protect its historical significance and origin. He reckons the best way to create longevity is to digitize them. Luckily, his determination has attracted many young volunteers to help out.
Volunteer Kuei Ching-hsuan said, "I do the work here in the hope that people will know about this technique of old-fashioned printing."
Within seconds he extracts a single lead type of the Chinese character for "treasure." Just what Chang reckons this style of type cast production needs - treasured forever.
|This is a metal casting machine, a pretty rare sight these days, clanking and |
clunking, going through the motions. 58-year-old Chang Chieh-kuan is the man
carefully operating it in his tiny Taiwan studio in stifling summer heat.
- Taiwan type maker preserves tradition 2010-08-24