From the Northwest Books Arts List Serve: March 10, 2015
There are three very special letterpress workshops happening in the month of April at the School of Visual Concepts, Seattle. We are now at 2300 7th Ave, just a few blocks south of our 40+ year South Lake Union home. All of these workshops are suitable for seasoned letterpress printers who would like to expand their repertoire of techniques in a hands-on format. Please help us spread the word!
Join Carl Montford, wood engraver and iron handpress wizard, for two consecutive Saturday sessions in the letterpress studio. The first week, students will begin to create wood engraving illustrations for a collaborative book, a bestiary—a compendium of animals both real and legendary. On the second session, participants will team-print their finished engravings using SVC’s oldest letterpress, a 19th century Reliance iron handpress. Finally, participants will hand-bind the edition, and congratulate themselves for having created a book from start to finish. No drawing or printing expertise is necessary. Loaner engraving tools and all materials will be provided as well as a supply list should you wish to purchase your own engraving tools.
From Write On Calligraphers: February 22, 2015
Welcome to Write On Calligraphers
Write On Calligraphers (WOC) is a nonprofit organization of Pacific Northwest artists who share a love of letters and the paper arts. WOC meetings offer special presentations of calligraphy and paper arts. The meetings are open to the public at no charge.
For more information about Write On Calligraphers visit their website at http://writeoncalligraphers.org/
From the Book Arts Guild and University of Washington Libraries:
23 Years of Deep Wood Press – Art, Ink, Paper & Books
with Chad Pastotnik
This presentation will also be offered on
Friday, February 13, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Ingram Hall 122
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma
Chad Pastotnik initially earned a BFA in printmaking and focuses on
intaglio and relief techniques that find their way into book forms and
lend themselves well to the smaller format. Chad has also had training in
bookbinding as well as restoration and repair techniques; these skills led
him to establish Deep Wood Press in 1992 along the banks of the Cedar
River in northern Michigan. Within the first few years there was a
determined need for text in these book forms and the first letterpress and
a few scattered cases of type began the formal act of publishing for Deep
The primary focus of the press is, and always has been, the production of
limited edition, fine press books with an emphasis on the natural
environment and humanities interaction with nature. Another standard of
the press is the inclusion of artwork printed from the original plates of
intaglio, wood engraving, collagraphs and linoleum cuts as created by the
artist’s hand. Books are printed in types that are typically cast on
premises and then printed on handmade or mouldmade sheets gathered from
all points of the globe. These books are then hand sewn and bound into
book forms spanning simple limp covers to fully tooled leather bound
presentation bindings in slip cases or boxes.
Over the past 23 years Deep Wood Press has produced over forty book titles
and countless commissioned works and is present in some of the finest
museums, libraries and university and private collections around the
For more information about Deep Wood Press, visit the website at: deepwoodpress.com