Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book Arts Fair, Christmas Market, 2010 Workshops

Hello everyone!

Almost a year off and now I'm getting back into my work. Slowly.
First up, a reminder that KOZO Studio Gallery will be open for our Christmas Market Fridays (2 - 7 pm) and Saturdays (2 - 6 pm) beginning November 28th until Christmas Eve. We have lots of new "old wood type" for sale, and wonderful handmade gifts by some of my creative and artistic friends.
Also, the 25th Annual OCAD Book Arts Fair is on Sat. Dec. 5th from 10 am - 5 pm in the Great Hall of OCAD on 100 McCaul St. I'll be there and we'll be bringing a bunch of letterpress paraphernalia (wood type, metal type, cuts, ludlow mats...).


I've decided to do semi-private letterpress workshops for now. There will be no more than 3 participants per class! As Martha says, "It's a good thing". It will be less stress for me to prepare and participants will be able to focus on a project, receive more individual attention from me and have more time available at the presses to play.
In both classes participants will be able to use wood type, metal type, and an assortment of vintage cuts from Akemi's collection. The presses we'll be using are a Vandercook SP 15 prints up to 12 x 15 ") and a Showcard Mini flatbed press (prints up to 8 x 10").
Intro. to Letterpress covers the basics of printing, terminology, and of course, printing a series of cuts and type of your choosing.
In Letterpress 1 we'll create a two colour print with registration. We'll use a chase, learn to lock in a form and some basics of doing multi colour prints.

Dates available are:

Intro. to letterpress ($ 90.00)
Sat Jan. 16 from 10 - 1 pm (full)
Fri. Jan. 22 from 1 - 4 pm
Sat Jan. 23 from 10 - 1 pm (full)
Sat. Feb. 6 from 10 - 1 pm (full)
Fri. Feb. 12 from 1 - 4 pm
Sat. Feb. 20 from 10 - 1 pm (1 space left)

Letterpress 1 ($ 175.00)
Sun. Jan. 17 from 10 - 4 pm
Sun. Jan. 24 from 10 - 4 pm (1 space left)
Fri. Jan. 29 from 10 - 4 pm
Fri. Feb. 19 from 10 - 4 pm
Sun. Feb. 28 from 10 - 4 pm (full)

Thank you all for your patience during this past year. It's been a
very difficult 10 months and I'm glad to report that I actually want
to start working again. The beginning of January will be difficult as
it marks the first anniversary of our son's death. I've had wonderful
support from my community of friends and past students.
Thank you so very much!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Crafty Christmas time!

Well, this  will be my first show in over a year. I'm glad I'm starting with this one. It's the first year for this show and one of the organizers is my friend, Lisa. Please come out and support this east end craft show on Nov. 21st. They'll also be showing Handmade Nation afterwards!!!

A diverse mix of local makers of fine, cool, funky, sassy art and craft selling their wares at the stunning Fox Theatre in the Beaches. The sale is from 10am to 4pm, followed by Faythe Levine’s Documentary, Handmade Nation at 4:30pm.

Movies and Makers: An Art and Craft Show is a co-production between The Fox Theatre and GirlCanCreate that brings together all things local and handmade. The show is designed to provide both emerging and established artisans with a marketplace to sell their wares. We are looking forward to creating a unique experience in a unique space, The Fox Theatre.

Admission to the craft show is free.

Tickets to Handmade Nation are $6 for Fox Theatre members and $8 for non-members.

Here is the Vendor List for the first Movies and Makers's Holiday Show!

Nathalie-Roze and Co  Brook Alviano  Ashley Winnington-Ball  Karen Tiveron of Zippster  Kid Icarus  Nomura Photography  Pam McFadyen of Lurearts  Tweek  Melinda Reidl  Andrew Kellner  Akemi Nishidera of Kozo Studio  Kiele Poirer of Kabe Glass Studio  Barb Danielewski of Epidemic 613  Knotted Nest  GirlCanCreate  Emily Law and Mark Cabuena  Comfortably Lovely  Worn Journal  Le Petit Pig  2 Mile Jewellry  Afrodelik Designs  Jordynn Mackenzie  Dot Handmade  Pickleseed  The Clay Mobile  Ronald Caddigan  Curious Oddities  Suzanne Greenburg  Beside Herself

November 21, 2009 10 am to 4 pm The Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East Toronto, ON

For vendor interviews and show goodness check out our blog here!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wunderkammer Call

Find out more at

Saturday, October 3, 2009

WUNDERKAMMER - new project!

It's fall. Kids are back at school and I have started going back to the studio. I seem to have forgotten where I keep a lot of things. Where are my bone folder?!?! Where is my fine grit snadpaper?!?!
Anyroad, my first project (thanks to Sheila and Nat's enthusiasm and push) is a show called Wunderkammer Cabinet. Yes, if you know German the title is redundant -but hey! We thought just calling it Wunderkammer would be too vague for the average non-German speaker.
My husband and I gave this large oak cabinet to myself late last fall as a Christmas, new baby <:(  present. Sheila saw it and thought it would be great for a collective show. Now that time has passed since our sons still birth and I feel ready to get back into my studio, Sheila and Nat have helped me get me into the studio to get this project off the ground. Where do they get their energy?!? The posters for the artists call are letterpress printed using hand set wood and metal type  and computer printed for the body copy.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Time Traveller's Wife

The movie is coming out in mid August. If you go see it, check out Rachel McAdams papermaking equipment. It's mine! I rented it out last year to the movie. Weird . . . who would think that papermaking equipment would ever be needed for a commercial movie?!?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Vandercook SP15 time rental

I'm sorry but I'm not really back at the studio yet.
I will however be allowing people rent studio time on the Vandercook staring next week. I have had a few people I know rent time already. At the moment that is all I can really handle.
So, if you want to book time on the Vandercook the details are below and you should contact me via e-mail.

$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.


Monday, June 29, 2009

It's Almost July!

How did July get here so quickly?
I had hoped to be able to start having workshops again in June!
It seems I was expecting too much of myself. Six months later, being is still  difficult to deal with and apparently that is very normal. I'm normal. 

I apologise to all of you that were looking forward to workshops. But, considering I haven't been able to work in my studio alone at all, it's best that I don't book anything until I am sure that I can follow through. I did work on one project for my friends, but they were there every time to sit with me and help. Anyroad, now that it is summer, I'm sure many of you want to get out of the city or do summer fun things on the weekends.

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is a picture of my new cabinet sitting on a lift at Don Black's. It weighs 500 lbs. The shallow drawers are for putting arranged type into for storage. We bought it as my Christmas/Baby present. I'm contemplating having a show in the future that is based around the cabinet and it's drawers.
Beautiful isn't it!

Well, I've been getting quite a few e-mails asking about workshops. I guess I should start thinking about scheduling some soon. I've been at the studio a lot lately helping my friends design and print their wedding invitations. They are both ceramic artists and they are trying, as much as  is possible, to have their wedding done by local artists and craftspeople. I think their idea is wonderful! I don't normally do wedding stuff, but I admire their plans so much I had to help. Working with them also gets me back into the swing of things!
So, I hope to have a couple of workshops in June. I'll keep you posted on the specifics as soon as I have them.

To all the people who have e-mailed asking for workshops, "Thank you for being so patient with me and for the beautiful notes of condolence and understanding."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Getting back into it

Well... I've been thinking of dates to start workshops again. I've been to the studio several times and can now be there without constant sighing. I will not have a booth at this year's Wayzegoose in Grimsby. I do hope to visit though!
I think I will start with some basic letterpress workshops in May.

Since the birth and loss of my son, I have been meeting many other people who have gone through perinatal loss. It is sad that there are SO MANY of us. I now am playing with an idea. One major thing that grieving parents need are tactile objects to help us remember and grieve for our child. There are very few resources for us. Most of them have to do with talking about our loss and sharing our grief. Not fun, but very theraputic and necessary. I thought it would be nice to also get together to create objects to help us remember our babies. Also something necessary but a little bit lighter. I have space and I know how to create and I would really like to share with other involuntary members of this special club that we have found ourselves in...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Too sad to think.

Facing the mystery of

life and death

we mourn the loss of our son

-Kai -

who accompanied us through a healthy

and hopeful pregnancy… but was stillborn

at 38 weeks

on January 7, 2009, 6 lbs.12 oz

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Trying to float.


Our son, Kai, was still born at 38 weeks.
We had found out the previous day that he was not breathing.
Labour was induced that afternoon and Kai was brought into this world the next morning.

I am taking time off to heal physically and emotionally with my husband and daughter.
I will not be writing or updating for a while.