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!

with Jules Remedios Faye
Saturday, 4/11/15 10:00AM–5:00PM
Learning all there is to know about ink will take you a lifetime. But you’ll be surprised how much you can discover in a day, when you have Jules Remedios Faye drawing on her 40 years of letterpress experience to guide you through the magic of ink on paper. Allowing plenty of time for experimentation and practice, we’ll cover layering inks, ink additives such as stiffeners, tack reducers, dryers, metallic powders and pastes, and the principles of translucency versus opacity. We’ll also look into and experiment with different inking techniques, such as the use of roller bearers, subtractive and additive inking, and applying ink with brayers, daubers, brushes, and stencils. You’re welcome to take this workshop as a stand-alone, or for an even richer experience, consider taking it and Alternative Printing Surfaces for a weekend that is sure to inspire and inform your printing for years to come.
with Carl Montford
Saturdays, 4/18/15-4/25/15 10:00AM–5:00PM

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.

A complete list of Spring offerings at


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.

Our meetings take place at ArtWorks in Edmonds, WA, on the second Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November at 7 PM.

For more information about Write On Calligraphers visit their website at


From the Book Arts Guild and University of Washington Libraries:

23 Years of Deep Wood Press – Art, Ink, Paper & Books
with Chad Pastotnik

formhighThursday, February 12, 2015 7:00pm (doors open at 6:45)
Maps/Special Collections Classroom B69
Suzzallo Library Basement
University of Washington

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
Wood Press.

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:

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