Saturday, November 15, 2008

Full Up!

Wow! That was fast. Both Intro. to Letterpress workshops have filled! I can't wait to teach some new faces about letterpress printing! Hopefully some of them will become addicted to the "Black Arts" and help keep it alive! Of course I'll give the regular warnings about how it eats away at your time, space and money... but the ones who get hooked don't seem to care. 
I love it. Letterpress slows one down and is so tactile.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Upcoming Workshops

Sat. Nov. 22, 10 am - 3 pm OR Sat. Nov. 29, 10 am - 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 how to get a clear relief print from a combination of wood type, metal type, and metal cuts. Prints will be done in one colour and proper inking, locking, operation of the presses and proper use of cuts and type will be stressed. This is a great workshop to take if you have an inkling that you might like to get your own press.
Cost $ 57.00 + GST
Supply fee of $10.00 due in cash on first day of class.
Please note that two-colour registration, creating a form in the chase and composing type is not covered in the Intro. to Letterpress class. This is done in Letterpress 1.

Sun. Dec. 7 and Sat. Dec. 13, 10 am - 4 pm
In this intensive two day workshop participants will learn how to set type, lock up a form and register for two colour printing. Everyone will create a limited edition of their own unique letterpress printed Broadsides that will be traded among class. Participants should have 'Intro. to Letterpress ' or have discussed their previous experience with the instructor.
Cost $150.00 + GST for 2 day workshop
Supply fee of $15.00 is due in cash on the first day of class.

Wed. Dec. 10, 6 pm - 9 pm
Bring your own card stock, envelopes, tags, etc. to this workshop and print from a variety of our vintage letterpress Holiday cuts. A festive red will be going on one press and rollers of green and blue will be going on the small press. Participants should be able to print one to two dozen single colour cards. At last year's workshop, everyone turned out great original cards and tags!
Cost $30.00 + GST
No supply fee.

Sun. Dec. 14, 11 am - 4 pm
Miniature books are one of my favourite things to make! Participants will create several small books that are perfect for hanging on a tree, giving as a gift, or using as a special card or album. Projects will be based on simple book structures such as the concertina, stab binding and origami fold star. Special attention will be paid to embellishing techniques for the pages and covers and spines. A variety of washi, chiyogami and other beautiful papers will be used on the covers, as well as findings, glass beads, ribbons, closures, etc.
Cost $50.00 + GST
Supply fee of $10.00 is due in cash on the day of the workshop.

Payment is by Visa or cheque. Cheques should be made out to Akemi Nishidera and mailed to Akemi Nishidera, 51 Cummings St., Toronto, ON M4M 1M9
For Visa payment please telephone or e-mail Akemi.
For more information contact Akemi. e-mail: tel: 416-214-1882

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Japanese Wood Block Workshop Nov. 23 & 30

For those of you that attended the Mokuhanga exhibition at the Japan Foundation in Toronto, here is a chance to try your hand at creating your own mokuhanga print. You will have seen Elizabeth Forrest's work at the exhibition, she was a student of Kurosaki sensei, and before that she was a printmaking instructor at OCAD.
If you jhaven't seen the 'Wood, Water, Paper, MOKUHANGA' exhibition, it is on until Nov. 15, 2008 at the Japan Foundation located at Bloor and Bay on the 2nd floor.

Check out:

Year of the Cow 2009
CREATE A JAPANESE NEW YEAR CARD and at the same time learn the basics of MOKUHANGA with instructor, Elizabeth Forrest.

Learn reduction carving and printing with at least 2 colours using waterbased pigments to create a small edition of new years cards. Please come with a “cow” idea or sketch. Plan for a 14 x 9 cm image.

From 10am – 4:30pm
Week one is for carving, week two is for learning to print.
KOZO STUDIO GALLERY, 257 Broadview Ave at
Dundas St. East, Toronto (formerly at the Distillery)
$95 + $15 for materials (woodlock, papers, pigments)
Good quality, authentic tools provided: carving tools, hake brushes, barens. NOTE: 10% off for cheques received before November 20th

Register now to avoid disappointment. For further information and to register: email Elizabeth at

PS Yes, Akemi Nishidera is still at KOZO, but I’m helping out a little more this time. EF