Letterpress for Kids at WNYBAC

Jo and I were asked to run workshops at the annual Western New York Book Arts Center Book Fest, which sure sounded like a lot of fun, given that most of our family is in the Buffalo area. While the grown ups were off making prints with a steamroller (read more about it here), Jo set up her new little press outside and enjoyed a little celebrity. joworkshoplist

Many kids came through in the morning and gave the little press a shot. It's so easy that the prints were successful and fun! And given our location, we found the appropriate type amongst the vast collection at WNYBAC.




Happy customers!



Did we say kids? Because grown ups tried it, too.


Jo's cousin Adam came down for a while and he had a blast making prints, too.



Jo (and all the kids and grown ups) had a chance to try her hand at making paper as well, which she loved.


Book Fest was a success! If only we could have ridden the bike there... 674 miles is a long way to go. Thanks to WNYBAC for having us!



Today we had our first printing adventure as we celebrated Jo's final day of school. The press was in good form after a few tweaks and we set up a little 'School's out!' sticker for everyone to print. And print they did, drawn to the little press and thrilled with the chance to make something cool.

Thanks to all the kids from Chicago Montessori and Lill Street Art Camp for making our first outing a real success!