Cook Design Studios

What a mess

It was amazing to work for them. It was one of the biggest shops at the time. Burchard Gardens, BC Ferries… I know we did other cool things. 

Also it sounds so weird when I tell it that I can’t believe it. It is so much part of Victoria history… but wow. Workplaces don’t exist like that anymore, mostly because Canada tries to avoid sweatshops. In some ways I miss it but it was the definition of a toxic work environment.  I think 8 presses 4 dryers and not many sober workers. I was the second only female printer in the company’s existence. There were a few stabbings over the years. Not just in that shop but in the industry. I don’t know how to go about Old Nick’s but I will approach it at the time gently. 

Ok I love the industry but it isn’t a “normal” work environment. It’s gotten better and I love my new company. Nobody expected 2020 and I am trying to be positive.  They are so wonderful and I can’t want to go back.  

Basically be ready to duck. Also you could have expected to have one of the guys set their pallet on fire twice a day.  There was no metoo, that glass ceiling wasn’t a cute metaphor millennials think is me being a bitchy feminist.

 The story of Carl and the pink t-shirt still is funny but very disturbing. 

Why just work when you can have an adventure, and possibly long term health effects. IT’S ART MAN!

I will keep adding to this story. Anyone who works in printing knows this shop. It is still notorious for crazy. I will be doing some of it as a premium or subscription. Not everyone needs to see that on a regular feed.

Much like the pink t-shirt.