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Let your inner letterpress-artist go wild at this weekend’s Wayzgoose

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 19, 2010 at 10:38 am |
April 20, 2010 11:45 am

Artists Sweetpea Flaherty and Jessica Spring, from left, examine the results of using a steamroller to transfer ink from a linoleum plate to paper at NC Machienery in Fife, Wednesday February 29, 2008.(Janet Jensen/The News Tribune)

It’s back, and it’s worth waiting for – Tacoma’s annual Wayzgoose, delayed from the usual February date, is on again this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. at King’s Books. Okay, the usual question: what the heck is a Wayzgoose? For those who haven’t been there, it’s an ancient term for a get-together of printers. No, not the computer kind. The real, flesh-and-blood kind. 

The South Sound has an unusually high proportion of letterpress artists: people who stockpile whole basements full of antique lead type, hand-cranking printing machines and art-deco woodcuts, and they put out such cool stuff as the Art at Work month posters. Like a lot of art it’s a solitary activity, so these folk like to get together every so often and show the city what fun you can have with ink and paper.

Hence the Wayzgoose. This year it’s bigger and better than ever. The steamroller prints – made by a small steamroller going over giant woodcuts in the parking lot – is back, and the usual assortment of letterpress printers, bookmakers and what not. You can screenprint a T-shirt (bring your own,) print magnetic poetry, make paper and maybe win one of the 4×3-feet steamroller prints, among other stuff. Artists include Jessica Spring, Beautiful Angle, Carl Montfort, Chandler O’Leary, the CLAW team and more.

It’s all free. King’s Books is at 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, www.kingsbookstore.com

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