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Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival


Saturday August 25, 2018: 11:00am to 5:00pm


Downtown Library


Traditionally, a wayzgoose was an annual celebration put on by a master printer for his workmen. Nowadays, it’s a festival that celebrates the art and practice of printing by hand.  

The 2018 Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival will feature some of the most exciting artists working in the field of printing today. Learn about the history and craft of making wood type by hand, what it's like to run a 100+ year old print shop, the art of making paper and much more.

  • Shop a fabulous vendor fair featuring all hand-printed goods in the mediums of letterpress, screen printing, and block printing.  Pick up some handmade wood type, various printers tools, or even your very own letterpress.
  • Attend printing demos and try your hand at letterpress, screen and block printing.
  • Embark on a walking tour of the city of Ann Arbor, stopping at various destinations around town that feature hands-on printing demos and gallery exhibits on the history of printing and book arts.


Schedule of Events

All events take place at the following locations:

Ann Arbor District Library: Main Branch - 343 S. Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor Art Center - 117 West Liberty Street

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Michigan Letterpress Guild —  3rd Floor AADL Freespace

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Walking Tour —  Select Locations, All Around Ann Arbor!

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Artist & Vendor area — 1st floor lobby

For a full list of 2018 vendors and artists, visit!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Small Studio, Broad-Shouldered City - Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press (Library: Multi-Purpose Rm)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Street Art Drop-In Printing Workshop (Ann Arbor Art Center)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hand-Casting Type in Wax (Library: Secret Lab)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
French Paper Road to 150 Tour (Library: 4th Floor Meeting Rm)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kids Printing Corner (Library: Secret Lab)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Eco Printing on Paper (Ann Arbor Art Center)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cutting New Wood Type With a Historic Pantograph (Library: Multi-Purpose Rm)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Screen Printing with Modati (Library: Secret Lab)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hands-on Printing in the Secret Lab (Library: Secret Lab)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
When Life Throws You a Print Shop, You Buy It  (Library: 4th Floor Meeting Rm)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Making Wood Type the Old Way (Library: Multi-Purpose Rm)