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Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival

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Saturday, August 25, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm
Downtown Ann Arbor District 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.

Kickoff event: Join us for a pop-up exhibit and reception the evening of Friday, August 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ann Arbor Art Center, featuring works from Tribune Showprint and Starshaped Press

Check out the 2018 schedule of events below!

2018 List of Vendors

  • Black Thread Studio | Kalamazoo, Michigan | Screen Printing, Copperplate Etchings Screen Printed Goods, Prints, Cards, Patches, Clothing
  • Red Plate Press | Todmorden, West Yorkshire | Letterpress — Prints, Broadsides, Chapbooks
  • Signal-Return | Detroit, Michigan | Letterpress, Block Printing — Prints, Posters, Cards
  • Hazel + Dolly | Pleasant Ridge, Michigan | Letterpress — Cards, Prints, Pins
  • VGKids | Ypsilanti, Michigan | Screen Printing
  • Questionable Press | Lancaster, Ohio | Letterpress — Printed Greeting Cards, Journals, Sculptural Kits, Letterpress Equipment and Type. 
  • Rusty Nail Studio Press | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Block Printing — Prints, Artist's Books
  • Angie Coe | Detroit, Michigan | Screen Printing — Prints, Posters, Cards, Tote Bags
  • Conrad Machine | Whitehall, Michigan | Printing Presses
  • Melissa Dettloff | Detroit, Michigan | Screen Printing — Prints, Zines, Cards
  • Beacon & Batten | Dearborn, Michigan | Screen Printing — Screenprinted Linen Tea Towels and Napkins, Printed Denim and Canvas Tote Bags, Printed Wool Felt Coasters, Key Fobs, Placemats
  • Owosso Graphic Arts | Owosso, Michigan | Letterpress — Printing Plates
  • Michelle Facer | Grand Rapids, Michigan | Screen Printing, Block Printing — Prints, Bags, T-shirts, Journals, Tapestries, Poster Prints
  • Starshaped Press | Chicago, Illinois | Letterpress — Prints
  • Kat Finch | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Letterpress — Chapbooks, Notebooks, Art Prints, Posters, Paper Ephemera
  • Golden Hour Press | Grand Rapids, Michigan | Letterpress, Screen Printing, Block Printing, Intaglio — Prints, Tapestries, Pillows, Bandanas, Shirts
  • Alma Pottery | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Block Printing, Intaglio Monotype — Limited Edition Linocuts, Etchings, Gocco Prints
  • Jim Horton | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Wood Engraving
  • Arsenal Handicraft | Madison Heights, Michigan | Screen Printing — Art Prints, Cards, Shirts
  • Scarlet Crane Creations | Southfield, Michigan | Screen Printing — Tea Towels, Pillows, Prints, Bags, Fabric Baskets
  • Kennedy Prints, LLC | Detroit, Michigan | Letterpress — Posters
  • Prankster Press | Detroit, Michigan | Letterpress, Screen Printing, Block Printing — Relief Prints, Collagraph Prints, Monoprints, Hand-bound Books, Letterpress Prints
  • Virgin Wood Type | Rochester, New York | Letterpress — Wood Type & Ornaments
  • Tribune Showprint | Muncie, Indiana | Letterpress — Posters
  • Moore Wood Type | Gahanna, Ohio | Letterpress — New Wood Letterpress Type and Type High Maple Engraving Blocks
  • Science Bee | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Block Printing — Science-themed Onesies, Kids Shirts, Sweatshirts, Notebooks, Bags, Prints, Pillowcases, Custom Printed Pillows/Plush Toys.
  • Cakeasaurus Prints | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Block Printing — Prints, Cards
  • Jordan Szaroletta | Royal Oak, Michigan | Letterpress, Block Printing — Reduction Woodblock Prints, Handmade and Hand-dyed Paper, Washi tape
  • Subversive Image | Lapeer, Michigan | Block Printing — Prints, Notebooks, Patches, T-shirts, Hoodies
  • Solstice Handmade | Grand Rapids, Michigan | Screen Printing, Block Printing, Intaglio — Prints, Posters, T-shirts, Scarves, Journals, Headbands, Crop tops, Tapestries
  • Letterpressions | Lansing, Michigan | Letterpress — Press Type Books
  • Jeremy Wheeler | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Screen Printing  — Prints, Greeting Cards
  • Sierra Brown | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Letterpress — Prints
  • Dave Peat | Indianapolis, Indiana | Letterpress Equipment — Printing Supplies, Small Equipment
  • U-M Book Arts Studio | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Letterpress
  • Thomson-Shore | Ann Arbor, Michigan | Letterpress & Offset — Book Printing, Letterpress, By-hand Custom Binding Work
  • Karyn Harmon | Michigan | Letterpress Equipment  — Printing supplies
  • Diane Hamilton | Michigan | Letterpress Equipment — Printing supplies

2018 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

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  - Fritz Swanson of Wolverine Press (Library: Secret Lab)

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

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cutting New Wood Type With a Historic Pantograph -Scott Moore of Moore Wood Type (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 & Kids Printing Corner (Library: Secret Lab)

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

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

 

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