A Conversation with Paper Maker Velma Bolyard

A Conversation with Paper Maker Velma Bolyard

July 11
Room 020
6:30 – 8:00

Collins Memorial Library
The University of Puget Sound

image001Velma Bolyard is a fiber, paper and book artist working with mostly locally gathered materials for textile, paper, and book making. She recently retired from 25 years of teaching special education in alternative public school settings. Her passion is to make art that explores environment and the connection to place, and teach others technique to inspire them to push their own work. Currently she is exploring the properties and personality of flax/linen and milkweed and is working on a larger project, Hortus Siccus about plants and place.   She writes a blog, Wake Robin www.velmaboyard.com  about her work and life.  Velma will discuss her work as a paper maker and artist and share examples of her work.


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Award Recipients: Northwest Musings

The evening of June 8, 2017 was a fine one at the Collins Library.  Artists, friends, librarians, and other interested visitors came for the reception and awards announcements for the 7th annual Puget Sound Book Artists exhibition—Northwest Musings.  There was delightful food, gentle harp music and, of course, the 47 beautiful handmade books.  Three awards were presented this year: the Curators’ Award, the Collins Memorial Library Award, and the Award of Excellence.  All of the jurors who selected the winners mentioned the difficulty of choosing a single work from so many excellent entries.  The reasons for each award choice are detailed below.  We congratulate the winners and, in fact, all who worked hard to make this exhibit a success.

Chupa postcard 2Curators Award

Patricia Chupa – Thuja Plicata

Structure/Medium/Materials:  Mache & painted paper on a cardboard armature; Woven paper; Feathers, beads, twig, lichen, duff, wasp paper, ceramic button; Wood board; Book boxes housing post-bound & leather/paper-bound journals.

Created:  2017

 The great diversity of materials, techniques and forms used in the works in this show truly impressed our team of curators.  The artists thoughtfully explored the stated theme of the exhibit “Northwest Musings”, calling on their individual memories and their knowledge of history and sense of place to give form to their books.

As a team we struggled with choosing our single award winner because there was such a richness of presentations.  Ultimately we decided on Patricia Chupa’s work “Thuja Plicata”.  It is a complex piece that at first glance evokes the very nature of the Pacific Northwest with the two images of a strong tree and a traditional conical woven rain hat.  Both of these images allude to protection, shelter, stability, and Pacific Northwest history.  A closer look reveals that it is two small books that are “protected” by the tree and hat, and that each book is a journal containing drawings, personal observations and stories.  One journal is actually placed within the tree; the other at a short distance from it.  Immediately there is an implied dialogue between the two and a sense that the whole work is a tribute to a cherished relationship.

Thus, what is highly personal–the journals– and what is archetypal symbol–Thuja Plicata–merge into one unique book that provides us with a feeling of exploration and discovery.

Curators:  Jan Ward, Dorothy McCuistion, Sally Alger, Bonnie Larson

Chan postcard 2Collins Award

MalPina Chan – 46.79°N 121.74°W: Mapping the Glaciers of Mt. Rainier.

Structure/Medium/Materials:  Turkish Map Binding, Arches Text Wove Japanese Kozo-shi, Archival inks

Created: 2017

Our judges had a hard time choosing, because there were so many beautiful works.  The PSBA members are amazingly talented. Our final decision came down to which book was most applicable to classes on the University of Puget Sound campus, and we quickly thought of several specific classes that could use MalPina Chan’s 46.79°N 121.74°W: Mapping the Glaciers of Mt. RainierMapping the Glaciers engages the place and space of Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest landscape and imagination.  This book entices the viewer with a Turkish Map Fold construction that opens up to reveal a map and handwriting from Abby Williams Hill. The detail of adding maps to the back side of the folds completes the charm.  Mapping the Glaciers is an evocative and inventive representation of one of Washington’s iconic natural features, recognizable by its persistently glaciated peak. Using an old map of the mountain’s glaciers, the artist forces us to address the centrality of the mountain. At the same time, the older map raises questions about climate change in the viewer’s mind:  where are the glaciers today? The map itself is framed on both sides with excerpts from the diary of Abby Williams Hill, an artist and progressive thinker who herself was deeply engaged with notions of place and the Mountain.  The juxtaposition of map and words from the early twentieth century invites us to explore our own relationship to Mt. Rainier. This work situates its viewer in a variety of ways, through its mingling of topography with the personal writings of Abby Williams Hill, and invites questions about how our experiences with the natural world both shape and are shaped by it. We envision Mapping the Glaciers engaging students and researchers working with the Hill Collection, focusing on our local region, and in courses from multiple disciplines.

Peggy Burge. Coordinator of Teaching, Learning and Digital Humanities

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

Hilary Robbeloth, Systems and Discovery Librarian.

woolf02bAward of Excellence

Suze Woolf

Pine Beetle Book, Vol III: Bug Ruts

Structure/Medium/Materials: Pine-beetle-bored bark in epoxy resin, laser-cut iron-oxide-dyed felt pages, wire-edge-bound, wooden “worry” beads

Created: 2016

Juror’s Statement:

I have had the wonderful opportunity to view the PSBA juried members’ exhibition over the past seven years and have to say that each year the exhibition has gotten stronger. This year, fine bindings, evocative imagery and sculptural, organic qualities are prevalent in the artist books that are exhibited in the Collins Library. Imagery and meaning is tied in with craft through a variety of scales and diversity of themes related to the Pacific Northwest. Various structures include Turkish map folds, flag accordions, as well as stab–bound, cloth-bound, and piano–hinged books. Imagery is produced through wide means, including photography, stamps, screenprint, digital techniques, and dying.

It was very difficult to choose the award of excellence. However, I found myself continuing to go back to a work where the materials were an integrated whole, where form and meaning were united. Suze Woolf’s Pine Beetle Book, Vol III: Bug Ruts is part of her related series of books that reference bug trails in the woods. This shaped book is welcoming, the materials a combination of warm browns.

The exposed binding consists of brown threads that wrap around metal pins; threads are left to trail off, echoing the linear trails seen on the felt interior pages. Worry beads are attached to the ends of the threads, which add weight and keep the threads separated.

Bug Ruts feels good in the hands. The cover is a piece of organically shaped tree bark that has been bore into by beetles, then covered in clear resin. The uneven resin suggests water or tree sap. On the verso, the rough texture of bark acts as the endsheets, quite visually different than the energetic line veining on the cover. The organic edges of the cover and leafs allow one to wrap their fingers around them, as one might with a worry stone.

The shape of the front and back covers differ; in between there is a slow transformation of the shape of the pages, an echo­ of the exterior. Flexible felt pages are contained within the book. Rust dye is used on the soft pages to mark beetles’ tracks. Gestural in quality, these markings are evidence of the insect’s path. The thick pages add a sense of solidity that combines with the softness of the felt material. The pages turn easily.

Suze Woolf has preserved the beetle’s journey, capturing a part of the larger whole of our ecosystem. Time, nature, and movement are captured in this satisfying artist book.

Juror: Janet Marcavage, Printmaker and Professor at the University of Puget Sound

 Northwest Musings

Exhibition dates:  June 1 – July 28, 2017
Featuring 31 artists with 47 unique and original books.

The public is invited to attend special, free events that will run alongside the exhibit.
All events will be held in Collins Memorial Library.

Next Event:

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

For Library hours: pugetsound.edu/libraryhours

 We gratefully give thanks for the continued support and generous hospitality of The University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library; particularly Library Director Jane Carlin, graphic designer Jeanne Young, Administrative Coordinator Jamie Spaine, and photographer Ross Mulhausen.

Visit Collins Library to see and appreciate the exhibition Northwest Musings in its entirety.  To view the exhibition online, click here:

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7th Annual Member’s Exhibition

Puget Sound Book Artists 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition

Puget Sound Book Artists Logo

Exhibition dates:  June 1 – July 28, 2017
Featuring 31 artists with 47 unique and original books.

The public is invited to attend special, free events that will run alongside the exhibit.
All events will be held in Collins Memorial Library.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Artist Conversation:
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

 Puget Sound Book Artists Chart

What images, words and ideas occur to you when you hear the phrase Pacific Northwest?

PSBA came up with a few:  Trees, ferns, slugs, smog, eagles, clams, blackberries, tulips, sea glass, herons, mountains, fog, rain, crows, berries, beaches, arsenic, pho, seals, tankers, whales, sand, beach glass, boats, ships, containers, paper mills, logging, clear cutting, planes, traffic, grunge, coffee, tattoos, salmon, diverse communities and traditions, methanol, ferries, independent thinkers, technology, green, grey and blue, climbing, kayaking, markets, crabs, sun, water.

Artwork by Pat ChupaAll this and more is our community, an inspiring and often mystical and magical place.  The  chosen theme for the 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition for the Puget Sound Book Artists is Northwest Musings.  This year’s show marks a departure from previous exhibitions.  Books in the show run the gamut of celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the Northwest, to providing commentary on social issues that affect our communities. (Left artwork image: “Thuja Plicata” by Patricia Chupa)

Jane Carlin, a member of the PSBA Board and Collins Library Director, is excited about this new approach to the exhibition.  “A goal of the PSBA is to make the book arts more accessible and we thought a themed show would resonate with the Tacoma and Puget Sound community.  We want to celebrate our location and give back to Tacoma for all the support that our organization has received.  We hope the community will be excited to see the area reflected in the book form.”

“Themed exhibitions are always a challenge and  “Northwest Musings” is no exception,” said Mark Hoppmann, current President of the Puget Sound Book Artists.  What better way to test our imaginations than by celebrating the Pacific Northwest and sharing our visions in this exhibition, Northwest Musings.

Jan Ward, Lead Curator for this year’s exhibit says, “The artists this year have challenged our thinking from the serious and disturbing memories depicted in Lynn Skordal’s work, “The Bomb” to the delight of exploring our area celebrated in Peter Newland’s “Travel Musings”;  from Suze Woolf’s careful use of native woods to create unique books that can be “read” as stories to Laura Russell’s “Hit the Road” Highway 99 pop-up books.  The diversity of skills and forms used to depict each artist’s musings makes this a must see exhibit.”


Curators for the 2017 exhibition include:

Jan Ward is a book artist from Edgewood, WA. Her unbridled exploration and use of all manner of materials, techniques and methods often leads her work to the edge.  Her current interests are in uncovering, exposing, and disentangling the chaos of life so things can be reexamined and appreciated.

Dorothy McCuistion is a printmaker and book artist living in Tacoma, WA.  Her work focuses on monotype prints and she often combines these prints to create unique art books.  She strives to make universal connections and statements that begin from a personal perspective.

Bonnie Larson, who lives in Federal Way, Washington, expresses the beauty of nature and color through handmade books, watercolor paintings, sewing projects, and calligraphy pieces.

Sally Alger is a papermaker from Tacoma, WA.  She studied art and art history at the University of North Dakota and for the last few years has had a special interest in the challenge of transforming scraps of computer paper and plant material into works of art-collages, books, and even a unique sort of jewelry.

Puget Sound Book Artists is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals and amateurs from all quarters of the book, paper, and printing arts—including bookbinders, papermakers, printers, book artists, archivists, and conservators.  The group aims to provide educational opportunities and to foster excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and publications dealing with various aspects of the art of the book.

In 2013 the PSBA was awarded the City of Tacoma AMOCAT Arts Award for Community Outreach by an Organization.  The group sponsors a variety of workshops, lectures and special event designed to be learning opportunities for beginning and experienced book artists.

For further information contact:  psba@gmail.com

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Northwest Musings: A Call To Artists 2017 PSBA Exhibition Page



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Puget Sound Book Artists 7th Annual Meeting


January 14th, 2017

Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

Shu Ju speaking regarding her inspirations for and development of her books.

Shu Ju Wang speaking regarding inspirations for and development of her books. 

With 108 active members, (and counting) the Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Meeting is always an anticipated event. Known not only an opportunity to learn but also to share, book artists from all across Puget Sound and beyond, arrive at Collins Memorial Library on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma Washington, to learn not only what the Puget Sound Book Artists is doing for them, but also what they can do to support this thriving organization. Even before the doors opened on Saturday morning, we knew this year’s event was special. Jane Carlin, Director of Collins Library and Vice President of the Puget Sound Book Artists along with Jamie Spaine, Administrative Coordinator, had spent the week preparing the library.   An almost overwhelming array of items had seemingly appeared from nowhere for the silent auction, which each year raises funds for this non-profit organization.   Just some of the items included the donated inventory of late book artist Joyce David, handmade journals, paper, book making paraphernalia, ephemera, and of course, books.

Gorgeous paper available at the silent auction.

Gorgeous paper available at the silent auction. 


An astounding array of items available at the silent auction.

An astounding array of items available at the silent auction. 

Another fabulous breakfast buffet at the PSBA Annual Meeting.

Another fabulous breakfast buffet at the PSBA Annual Meeting. 

Once members and guests entered the library to greet fellow artists or to meet someone new, there were important decisions to be made. Should they visit the Continental breakfast buffet that had been prepared, or first visit the tables where the silent auction items were laid out on display, waiting for the highest bidder to appear, or stop to look at the array of books on display that had been created in Puget Sound Book Artist sponsored workshops? Amidst all of this was the eager anticipation for the opportunity to listen to guest artist, Shu Ju Wang speak about her work.

Featured speaker, Shu Ju Wang talking about her works. 

“Multiple voices and viewpoints are the cornerstones of my work, a reflection of my personal history of migration and background in technology, science and art. It is a balancing act of the analytical vs. meditative modes of creating, of re-imagining traditional motifs in a contemporary context, and of understanding our stories as a relationship between narration vs. interpretation.

In a culture of bigger-is-better and faster-is-better, I create small & intimate work, slowly. Influenced by Chinese gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and Islamic miniatures, my work combines abstract & representational forms in lush and jewel-like colors, and I invite viewers to interpret, to draw conclusions about this world that we live in.” http://www.fingerstothebone.com/

PSBA members listening to the featured speaker, Shu JuWang. 

Footnote: This year, over $1700 was raised for the PSBA in our silent auction. A very special thank you to Frank David for the generous donation of his late wife’s paper inventory for the silent auction!

Photos and blog by Mark Hoppmann
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An Interview with Susan Lowdermilk

An Interview With Susan Lowdermilk

Susan Lowdermilk presenting examples of tunnel books during her PSBA Workshop

Susan Lowdermilk presenting examples of tunnel books during her PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop

Susan  is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as in digital media. Her recent artist’s book projects involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. Her books are included in many university library collections and public collections such as the Getty Museum, the University of Washington and the New York Public Library. Her work is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for two decades. Susan earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

We recently had a chance to talk with Susan about her work and approach to teaching:

  1. What inspires you about the tunnel book?

Tunnel books intrigue me with the compelling visual illusions of depth and perspective that can be achieved with this simple and transparent design form. Tunnel books (or peep show books) were originally created as Victorian optical toys. They were usually a literal picture in three dimensions of popular scenes or commemorative events. As an artist, movable books offer me rewarding design challenges. They also offer visual rewards for the viewer as the closed book goes from a flat object, then comes to life as a three dimensional kinetic form. As our relationship to the traditional codex book changes and our experience shifts to reading more and more on digital devices, I become more interested in the retrograde analog, tactile, simple, technology of movable and pop-up books. 

  1. Are there challenges to teaching book arts?

In teaching book arts some typical challenges that I manage with my students are: following an appropriate design process and time frame, keeping projects to a manageable scope for the time allotted, and not putting too many ideas into one project. These are challenges that I face with my own projects as well. I find that since the book is such a familiar object, students are typically eager to create them with own narratives. My class at Lane Community College is called “Artist Books and Pop-up.” Our student body is made up of all ages and backgrounds. I teach Art and Design majors as well as students from other disciplines. This makes for a rich and interesting atmosphere in the classroom where students share ideas, and often help each other problem solve conceptually as well as technically using the knowledge unique to their own life experiences. 

Students working on projects during the PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop run by Susan Lowdermilk

Students working on projects during the PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop run by Susan Lowdermilk

  1. Anything you want to say about your philosophy and approach to teaching and or the book arts?

I believe that every design choice in an artist book project should be in service to support the book’s content. The text (or the concept if no text is present) should inform all choices like color, font choice, type treatment, size, materials etc. An artist’s book is well realized when it communicates the artist’s vision, at the same time that it functions as a kinetic, tactile object able to be explored.

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant's first book ever

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant’s first book ever

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant's classwork

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant’s classwork

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Photos by MalPina Chan
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Artist Presentation by Susan Lowdermilk

Puget Sound Book Artists, in collaboration with the Collins Memorial Library is pleased to announce a presentation by artist

Susan Lowdermilk

Friday, September 16, 2016, 5:30-7pm,

Collins Library, University of Puget Sound,

Library Rm. 020


lowdermik_2imagesSusan is a Professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for two decades. As a book artist and printmaker, Susan works in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and etching as well as digital media. To learn more about this accomplished artist, visit her website: Susan Lowdermilk|Book Artist, Printmaker

Click here for a map of the UPS campus.


Photos by Susan Lowdermilk
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2016 Cincinnati Book Arts Exhibition

CBSA Sculpture


Every year the Cincinnati Book Arts Society has a display of their work at the downtown Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. It was by shear luck that while we were visiting my sister Elaine who lives in Cincinnati, that we got to enjoy this extensive exhibit, BOOKWORKS XVII, as well as quite a few items from the library’s book arts’ permanent collection, Keith Kuhn Memorial Exhibit. Very inspiring and amazing. Attached here is a link to the library’s publication that covers this CBAS exhibit: Bookworks XVII
The photo above is a wonderful bronze sculpture in front of the library. Conceived and executed by former Cincinnati sculptor Michael Frasca, this ornamental fountain was made possible by a bequest from Mrs. Weinberg and was dedicated in 1990. Affectionately known as the “book fountain,” the sculpture features water cascading over a stack of ceramic tile books, representing the free flow of information and ideas through the printed word.

Photos from the CBAS Exhibition

Post and Photos by Elizabeth Walsh
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The Arts and Crafts Press: A Tacoma Treasure

The William Morris Society in America and The Book Club of Washington recently joined together to visit this wonderful press in Tacoma, Washington.  As a result of this collaboration,  several Puget Sound Book Artists members were fortunate to join both the William Morris Society and The Book Club of Washington during this visit to the Arts & Crafts Press. Learn more about the Press by visiting their website:

Entrance to Arts & Crafts Press Photo by Jane Carlin

Entrance to Arts & Crafts Press
Photo by Jane Carlin

Travel down South Tacoma Way, in Tacoma, Washington, and the last thing you would expect to find is a bustling Arts & Crafts Press. But find, you do!   Nestled between warehouses and industrial buildings is the castle like building with a bright red door that beckons you to open it up and discover the wonder inside.

This wonderful building is home to the Arts & Crafts Press, founded by Yoshiko Yamamoto and Bruce Smith in 1996.  The building, originally built for the Tillicum Toy Company in 1929 on Route 99, was once the largest wooden toy manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest. The original 1920’s castle like structure is the perfect setting for this press.

Arts & Crafts Press  Photo Arts & Crafts Press

Arts & Crafts Press
Photo Arts & Crafts Press

Originally established as a publishing house which focused on the Arts & Crafts movement, the Press has expanded to include limited-edition prints and greeting cards, all printed from hand cut blocks inspired by the movement. Yoshiko and Bruce started out in California and were inspired by many printers from the Bay Area, but the beauty and grandeur of the Pacific Northwest drew them to Tacoma.   The landscape of this region is the inspiration behind many of the beautiful and colorful designed developed by Yoshiko.   On December 11, 2015 The Arts & Crafts Press was featured on the Celebration episode of PBS’s national show Craft in America. Some of the earliest publications of the Press were inspired by the little magazine movement such as The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts & Crafts Movement


The Tabby: photo by Jane Carlin

   This small publication exemplifies the principals of the Arts & Crafts movement and resonates with the mission of the press.  To paraphrase Bruce, “the work and craft we do is as important at the art we do.”  Both Bruce and Yoshiko draw inspiration from the work of William Morris, but also from Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters, Dard Hunter, Will Bradley and Frederic Goudy.  Their personal collection of Arts & Crafts publications and ephemera, including a printer’s scrapbook, serve as a foundation for much of their work.



A small part of Bruce Smiths collection of work from the Arts & Crafts Movement. Photo by Jane Carlin

A small part of Bruce Smiths collection of work from the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Photo by Jane Carlin


Clearly, Bruce Smith, as a long time author and collector in the fields of both William Morris and Arts & Crafts printing history  has a deep love, understanding and admiration for the influence of  Morris.  The many examples he showed the group of books printed shortly after Morris’s death, as well as those printed well into the early 20th century, helped us all understand how their own The Arts & Crafts Press came into existence.  Yoshiko Yamamoto, the artist/printer has clearly learned a great deal from the study of the works of Morris, Dard Hunter and others of the Arts & Crafts movement.  But her early life in Japan, her study of their wonderful wood block art form have resulted in her own true unique style.  Her colors are bold and bright and totally pleasing to the eye.  Her printing, be it on note cards, pictures or broadsides are always of the highest quality.


Poppies in Bloom Photo Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Press

Poppies in Bloom Photo Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Press

Both Bruce and Yoshiko are also committed to social justice and sustainability.  The Press seeks to embrace environmentally sustainable materials and ways of printing.  Recycling all their paper and metal and using many soy based inks and vegetable oil for cleaning are just some of the ways they care for our environment. The Press serves as a model for responsible printing and as shared from their web site:  We print, because we care and love our friends, family, and environs. So why not take it one step further and print kinder to ourselves and our earth?

Lantern Floating Photo Courtesy of Arts & Craft Press

Lantern Floating
Photo Courtesy of Arts & Craft Press


Recently, Bruce and Yoshiko participated in the annual From Hiroshima to Hope: Lantern Ceremony in Seattle.  An annual event to promote peace event in memory of victims of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and all victims of violence and war. The block print Lantern Floating commemorates this event.  Yoshiko Yamamoto designed, carved and printed this linoleum block print with the help of another Tacoma based artist Taylor Cox.


Jack Waldorf shows off his keepsake Photo courtesy of Jane Carlin

Jack Waldorf shows off his keepsake
Photo courtesy of Jane Carlin

One of the true highlights of visiting The Arts and Crafts Press was being able to print a keepsake, designed by Yoshiko , using the Morris quotation; “We are only Trustees for those who come after us.  William Morris (1889). This keepsake holds special meaning as Yoshiko has just returned from a visit to the UK where she visited many of the Morris landmarks; including Kelmscott Manor. She is working on a new project to illustrate News from Nowhere, which will no doubt be a most impressive artistic endeavor.

Yoshiko and Bruce inspire a new generation of printers, artists, and lovers of Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement.  They work hard to maintain work that is affordable and accessible to all but of the highest quality.  Mark Hoppmann, a well-known Tacoma artist, and President of the Puget Sound Book Artists has this to say about their work: Thoreau once said “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”  Not so, with Yoshiko Yamamoto and Bruce Smith.  Surrounded by both vintage and modern letterpress equipment, both Bruce and Yoshiko are leaving a legacy in their own right, to the arts and crafts movement begun in the late 19th century.

It will be through the writing and collecting efforts of people  like Bruce Smith and the art and printing of Yoshiko Yamamoto, that collectors and lovers of fine books and prints will be able to afford what William Morris wanted throughout his life, art for the people.


Bruce Smith shows Gabby Cooksey work from the Arts & Crafts Movement Photo : Jane Carlin

Yoshiko Yamamoto

Yoshiko Yamamoto demonstrates printing on one of her many presses at the Arts & Craft Press Photo: Jane Carlin

Blog by Jane A. Carlin, Director, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound
Photos courtesy of Jane Carlin and Arts & Crafts Press

For additional information about this fine press, be sure to visit the Arts & Crafts website!

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