Thursday, March 27, 2008

Back to work

After an almost three week vacation in Florida with my family, I'm finally getting back, up to speed at home.
This Saturday is the "Class trip" to Don Black Linecasting that I've organized! Wow! 24 people are going! I'm excited and nervous. I LOVE DBL. It's like a candy shop for me! Well... I wouldn't actually eat any of it! I feel like a kid who wants to show their friends the new toy they got for their birthday! I hope the participants find DBL as amazing as I do! I even have a list of some stuff I need to pick up.

- composing stick
- furniture rack
- lead strips
- and other stuff that Craig might have that I really want even though I don't know it yet!

Friday, March 7, 2008


Here's the latest on workshops at KOZO. There are workshops in letterpress, book binding and book arts and relief printmaking. I'm really excited!

Intro. to Letterpress
April 6 from 10 - 3 pm

Learn the basics of printing on a flatbed press with Akemi Nishidera at her studio.

The Vandercook press is one of the most popular presses for letterpress printers and the little Showcard is perfect for small editions, gift tags, and quick prints. In this introduction class participants will learn to print from a combination of wood type, metal type, and metal cuts. This is a great workshop to take if you have an inkling that you might like to get your own press.

Cost $ 55.00+GST plus supply fee of $10.00.

Letterpress 1
Sun. April 20 & 27, 10 - 5 pm

This intensive two day workshop picks up where the Intro. class ended. Participants will learn about composing, using furniture, locking up a form and registration. Each participant will create a small two colour edition of their own unique letterpress printed Broadsides

Participants should have 'Letterpress Printing Intro.' or have discussed their previous experience with the instructor.

Workshop price for the 2 days is $150.00+GST plus a $15.00 supply fee.

Relief Printmaking
6 Wednesdays starting May 21 from 6 - 9 pm.

Relief printmaking is a popular form of printing because it can be done very simply and inexpensively if you are just a hobbyist or a beginner. In these hands-on sessions participants, will explore creating images with some traditional and non-traditional supplies We will also learn about tools used for creating these "plates", types of papers, inks, and methods of hand printing. Students will have created a portfolio of prints by the end of the session.

$140.00+GST plus $20.00 supply fee

Book Binding 101
8 Tuesdays starting April 1 from 6 - 9 pm

In this set of 8 workshops participants will learn about bookbinding terminology, tools, supplies and create a variety of book forms (concertinas, stab bound, single page, pamphlet, hardcover, experimental, etc.). Students will learn about the book structure and the importance of the papers that are used. Methods of embellishment for books will also be taught.
Cost $ 186.00* plus $20.00 supply fee

Progressions in Paper
4 Wednesdays starting April 16 from 6 - 9 pm

Four days of playing with paper! In this series we will explore the world of paper and methods of decorating them Participants will try paste papers, orizome marbling, relief, washes and glazes and momigami. The resulting papers are , sturdy, unique and perfect for bookbinding, scrapbook projects, cards, collage and so much more!
Cost $72.08 plus $20.00 supply fe

Sunday May 4 from 10 - 3 pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses paper to create a 'painting'. Washi (known as rice paper) of varying colours, weights and textures are torn in small pieces and collaged to create an image that looks very much like a watercolour painting! Participants will learn about washi and why it is used, create their own 'painting', and frame it in a traditional Japanese style.
Cost $ 55.00+GST plus $15.00 supply fee.
Makes a great Mother'sDay gift!

Bind and Blab
Thursday March 27, April 24, May 29 & June 26, from 6 - 9 pm


Drop in for an informal gathering at the studio. Bring your book projects to work on, chat, trade information, share stories, opinions, ideas, meet people and have some tea.
Please call ahead to book a chair.

VANDERCOOK SP15 RENTAL for letterpress

$35.00 for the first two hours/session

$10.00 for each additional hour/session

Add $20.00/hour if you need assistance and/or technical help.
A minimum of two hours must be booked per session.
Included; black rubber based ink, access to available wood type, metal type and cuts, furniture, leading, chase, clean up supplies.

Workshop Registration Information

A deposit of 50%of the workshop cost (before 5% GST) is required upon registration to guarantee a space in the workshop. We will contact you by telephone or e-mail to confirm your registration. Remainder of payment plus GST on the total workshop cost is due on the first day of the workshop. Supply fees are payable to the instructor in cash at the workshop.

Cancellations are allowed up to three days before the date of the workshop and a cancellation fee of $15.00 will be charged. After that time, no refunds will be given.

We reserve the right to cancel a workshop if there is insufficient participation and in this case all fees will be refunded to the participants.

For more information contact Akemi.
tel: 416-214-1882

Payment is by cash, cheque., VISA or MC.. Registration and deposit may be mailed to
KOZO c/o Akemi Nishidera, 51 Cummings St., Toronto, ON M4M 1M9

Please do not forget to include your name, e-mail, telephone number and the name and date of the workshops you wish to register in!

*Cheques should be made out to Akemi Nishidera.

Please DO NOT put cash in the mail!

Registration should be mailed to

Akemi Nishidera, 51 Cummings St., Toronto, ON M4M 1M9

All workshops held at the studio located at 257 Broadview Ave.