Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lego-press classes at KOZO Studio!

Lego! I have always loved it. I envied my cousins when I was child because they had a box of Lego to play with. Now that I'm a big kid I can buy buy my own lego to play with! At home we have a big storage bin full of it for playing...and I still play. I even made a practical pencil cup for myself! Now I even have Lego for the studio. Yay! I've fleshed out my Lego-press collection from a few years ago when some of my ABC students used it for their final project and now I think we're ready to do workshops!

I've had a few requests for children's workshops and I think this will be a great solution. No quads, furniture, no need to know picas and my 2 and a half year old has learned to say, "Easy peasy lemon squeezie!" 
Check out the new classes on the Workshops page!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Teaching Japanese Papermaking

Last weekend I taught a 2 day workshop in Japanese Papermaking for beginners at Paperhouse Studio in the west end. After I put them through hard labour on Saturday I wasn't sure if they would come back for Sunday! They all came back except for one (who put her shoulder out when she was beating the fibre enthusiastically!).  Everyone had a fun, messy, sometimes frustrating Sunday of making kozo paper trying a variety of Japanese style screens (Su, sha) and frames (keta). I couldn't stay until all the papers were dry but I think there may be pics on Paperhouse Studios Instagram.

Day 1, Saturday
Cleaning the kozo fibre that Emily pre-cooked for us. Then getting our aggressions out by beating the fibre we cleaned to a pulp. We tried an assortment of beating sticks (double, single, angled, paddle shape) but I still like my two tapered sticks.

Day 2, Sunday
Time to make paper! Trying to create a wave using a small homemade keta and professionally made su. 

A post card size mini sugeta with a wet leaf ready to be couched.

Freshly pulled sheets made with an improvised su (sushi mat and mesh screen) and keta (2 matching wood frames).

Post card sized sheets laid out nicely on a felt before pressing.

Peeling up the wet sheets after pressing. Ready to be brushed onto the boards.

Brushing pressed sheets onto the blackboard and boards.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Japanese Papermaking.

Emily tells me there are still a few spots left for the Japanese Papermaking Workshops at Paperhouse Studio! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Japanese Papermaking at Paperhouse Studio

My friends at Paperhouse Studio have invited me to do a two day workshop on Japanese Papermaking this June! Their studio is in the Artscape Youngspace on Shaw near Queen. It's a wonderful old school building and they have a spacious, brightly lit space!
For more information check out their website

Friday, March 18, 2016

ABCs of Letterpress Postponed

The ABCs of Letterpress workshop starting in March has been postponed to start on Thursday April 7th. There are still spots left for those who would like to join us!

Other Stuff!
Albert and I have been busy at the studio moving things around, getting rid of stuff and generally trying to make the space flow a bit more. Not sure if we've got it right yet but  we can always tweak it.
Below are some pics of what we've been busy with at the studio in the past few months.

Big new work table that Albert made for the studio! Thanks Albert!! 
My Ladies of Letterpress Swap came in the male a couple of weeks ago!
Nice folio made for all of our broadsides!

Some of the letterpresses goodies inside the folio.
I always love seeing how everyone interprets the project! 
One of my new interns, Pauline, helping me print
this year's Wayzgoose Anthology submission. 
Claro, another intern helped print the
outside of the Wayzgoose Anthology submission.

All Canadian cuts and engravings.

Close up of some of the cuts and engravings in their form.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Some more...

I've added 2 more workshops. They are both Intro. workshops but they each focus on different presses.
Also, please forgive  the wonky formatting of that page. I can set type great by hand but on a computer I am not so talented!

Something of interest below...

Friday, February 26, 2016

Workshop Info.

Hi! I just posted the first of the workshops for this year. There is an ABCs of Letterpress (21 hours of class) starting Thursday March 17th. More coming soon.
Info is posted on the 'Workshops' page. Click on the tab up towards the left of this page.

Friday, February 19, 2016

My Ladies of Letterpress Broadside Print Swap submission. A quote by Anais Nin set in 24 pt. Goudy Bold Italic and printed on Cookie the Vandecook SP15

Thursday, November 26, 2015

OCADU Book Arts Fair!

It's time for the 31st annual OCADU Book Arts Fair! Saturday Dec. 5th from 10 am - 5 pm at 100 McCaul St. in The Great Hall. Great Place to get all sorts of cool handmade gifts. Hand screened posters, letterpress printed broadsides, hand bound notebooks, cards, original hand pulled prints art prints, artist's books, hand bound books and more papery bookish awesomeness!
Hope to see you there.