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[BKARTS] 4h Annual Wayzgoose, Seattle -=- Labor Day weekend

Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center is a pretty cool four-day weekend even without the School of Visual Concepts in attendance, but this year it's looking even bigger. We're going to drag over a couple of tons of antique letterpress equipment and wood & metal type so you and a few thousand others can try their hand at the art and craft of letterpress. You'll find us in the Ink Spot, which is located in the San Juan rooms in the northwest corner of the Seattle Center grounds. Oh yes, the dates: September 2-5, 2005.

Each day of the festival, a different representative of SVC's letterpress studio will present a unique hands-on workshop.

Wood Engraving (Carl Montford)
Friday, 3:00 pm, at the Wayzgoose exhibit
Carl Montford's specialty is wood engraving, an age-old method of illustrating fine books and broadsides by carving the end-grain of hardwood with solid steel gravers. Carl’s been engraving, restoring presses, and printing for 35 years, and that’s exactly what he’ll be doing at Bumbershoot. You’ll get to take some of the blocks carved by Carl and print with them on a pre-printed background. You’ll leave with a sample of your handiwork: a fine broadside printed by hand by you.

Guerilla Poster Making (Beautiful Angle)
Saturday, 3:00 pm, at the Wayzgoose exhibit
Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn run an underground letterpress shop in the surprisingly art-friendly city of Tacoma. Their self-appointed mission is to make beautiful, thought-provoking posters and sneak them responsibly onto walls, telephone poles, and anywhere else deserving of a little letterpress urban renewal. You’ll get to see and hear about their work, and then print your own poster, Beautiful Angle-style, using type and art cuts from their collection. http://www.beautifulangle.com/

Roll the Presses! (School of Visual Concepts)
Sunday, 3:00 pm, at the Wayzgoose exhibit
For 500 years—from Gutenberg right through to the 1950s—the most common form of commercial printing was letterpress, where wood or metal type is inked up and impressed directly onto paper. Nowadays, offset lithography is how most brochures and newspapers are printed, but letterpress is experiencing a serious revival as a way to bring an organic, textural, and hand-crafted feel to the printing of special edition books, letterheads, notecards, invitations, and artistic broadside posters. SVC has brought some its antique printing presses and type to Bumbershoot so we can all try our hand at this printing art form that’s too wonderful to die. http://www.svcseattle.com/

Letterpressed Flowers (Springtide Press)
Monday, 3:00 pm, at the Wayzgoose exhibit
Jessica Spring, proprietor of Springtide Press, says if you can get it in the press, you can print with it. So along with vintage wood type and other traditional printing objects, Jessica introduces flowers, seeds, leaves, and objects not found in nature, such as telephone wire, to her letterpress prints. Bring a posy of your own choosing, or use one of Jessica’s, to print a special au natural Bumbershoot letterpress poster. http://www.springtidepress.com/

The exhibit, besides the hands-on activities, will feature limited-edition broadsides and books by SVC letterpress students, faculty, and alumni.

Read about the other exciting workshops taking place in the Ink Spot at http://www.bumbershoot.org/lineup/inkspot.html

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