Rolling on Through: Make Way for Wayzgoose

16 Apr

Wayzgoose is the name of the annual feast give by a master printer for the staff of the press. In modern parlance, it is an annual gathering of printers. In Tacoma, it translates to an extravaganza of letterpress and book arts, all happening on one day, centered in one bookstore, spilling out onto the street, and featuring non-stop hands-on entertainment for all ages (heck, we’ve even seen little pooches enjoying the scene!) And this is all brought to you by the uber-creative minds of sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Bookstore and letterpress printer Jessica Spring.

Steamroller Print revealed. Photo by Chris Tumbusch

This is the eighth annual Wayzgoose and, like in previous years, it is your chance to meet local printers and view their wares, hand-print your own keepsakes, make paper and paper creations, and create letterpress magnetic poetry. And, returning for the fifth year…Steamroller Printing!!! Join other onlookers as some of the most talented local artists create super-sized 3′ x 3′ prints. Some of these prints will even be raffled off at the Wayzgoose! 

Not enough, you say? Bring a t-shirt or some other fabric item and the students from the University of Puget Sound will help you screen-print one of several different designs onto your piece.

A thousand people can’t be wrong; this IS the place to be on April 22nd!

What: Wayzgoose
Where: King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma
When: April 22, 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: Absolutely nothing! Come and enjoy this free, family-friendly festival

Create your own keepsakes at Wayzgoose! Photo by Chris Tumbusch

These people will have a table at Wayzgoose:
Guinea Pig Press, Abegale McDermott
Beautiful Angle, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn
Beth Howe
Fashionista Cards, Bianca Ponnekanti
Montford Press, Carl Montford
Orange House Press, Carol Clifford
Anagram Press, Chandler O’Leary
Community Print of Olympia
Constellation & Co, Sara & Brad McNally
Notta Pixie Press , Jenny Craig
Springtide Press, Jessica Spring
Keeganmeegan & Co, Katy Meegan and Keegan Wenkman
Power and Light Press, Kyle Durrie
L’Arche Tahoma Hope Farm & Gardens
ilfant press, Lisa Hasegawa
Tacoma Book Arts Group
Puget Sound Book Artists
University of Puget Sound

These people will be creating Steamroller Prints:
Audra Laymon
Beautiful Angle
Advanced art students from Charles Wright Academy
Chris Sharp
Students from the printmaking program at PLU
Ric Matthies
The Printmaking program at Stadium High School

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t note that Jeff Smeed of Jeff’s Ice Cream will be pedaling his delicious made-in-Washington ice cream novelties at the event.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Wayzgoose through Arts Projects funding.


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