Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium 2013 / Yukon Riverside Arts Festival 2013

Saturday Print & Publishing Symposium Workshops Celebrate Hand Crafted Printing

The first full studio day at the Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium began Saturday with a variety of different workshops for printers, artists, and writers.

John Steins teaches a workshop on traditional hand wood block carving and printing.

John Steins teaches a workshop on traditional hand wood block carving and printing.

At noon, in the Flatbed Studio, local artist John Steins ran his workshop on Woodblock Printing. Students selected a design and drew out a concept, and were then shown how to transfer it to a wood block, and start the process of hand cutting  in preparation for printing. Participants spent the afternoon with chisels and gouges in hand, and a variety of beautiful woodcuts emerged, as Steins offered tips and techniques.

Adjacent in the Letterpress Studio, Peter Braune demonstrated the operation of the two hand letter presses being used for the Symposium, and showed visitors some examples of exquisite artistic books that are being produced by craft printers. Thanks to a little fine tuning by Peter, the restored antique Chandler & Price letterpress finally saw service again for the first time in decades, and  ran off a variety of hand prints.

In the Gallery space, interested local writers were able to take a free master class called Improve Your Creative Writing Skills. Berton House Writer-In-Residence Colleen Murphy ran the class, supplying feedback and suggestions to writers who read samples of their work, and discussed issues they were wrestling with in their writing process.

Jo Cook leads a workshop on alternative printmaking techniques.

Jo Cook leads a workshop on alternative printmaking techniques using rubber stamps, stencils, altered paint rollers, rubbings, lino, and found objects.

A new series of workshops were then offered at 3 p.m. Jo Cook gave a session on Alternative Printmaking, and workshop attendees were able to use a variety of printmaking tools and techniques, both traditional and off the wall, to make a large poster or bookwork. Adjacent to her, Shannon Gerard gave a hands-on demonstration of Bookbinding, starting with simple approaches to more elaborate applications in an informal and interactive setting.

Shanon Gerard's hands-on, drop-in bookbinding demonstration allowed visitors to learn the art of book-binding in an informal setting.

Shanon Gerard’s hands-on, drop-in bookbinding demonstration allowed visitors to learn the art of book-binding in an informal setting.

Ray Fenwick ran his ongoing letterpress project throughout the afternoon. Called New Titles From Babel Press, the project prints an ever-increasing collection of title pages of fictitious books. Symposium attendees were able to contribute title ideas, as well as get hands-on exposure to manual letterpress printing in the process.

In the Gallery, curator Michael McCormack of The Kitchen Party exhibit was on hand to discuss the exhibition, present other printed materials, and discuss print culture in general.

Some of the sample titles conceived and printed as title pages in Ray Fenwick's ongoing  “New Titles from Babel Press” letterpress project with

Some of the sample titles conceived and printed as title pages in Ray Fenwick’s ongoing “New Titles from Babel Press” letterpress project with

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