The Wayzgoose

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair!!

Wayzgoose started in 1979 as a small gathering of friends and colleagues that attracted about 300 visitors; since then it has grown into an eagerly awaited annual event with visitors from across Canada, as well as many international visitors.

The 40th Annual Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair will bring together a fascinating group of private press printers, bookbinders, print makers, paper marblers and other artisans to celebrate the art of the hand-made books – presenting their work to the public, renewing connections with colleagues, and sharing their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans.

**NEW THIS YEAR**  We have invited ten artisans to present a series of interactive demonstrations, which include: papermaking, hand setting type, letterpress printing, book binding, paper marbling and more!

Sound like fun?  One day only – don’t miss it!!

When: Saturday April 28, 2018. 9am – 5pm
Where:  Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario

For more information, please go here.


See you at the Wayzgoose!

Today’s the day! It’s the annual Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair! Stop by and say Hello! We’re here till 5pm at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery!!


The Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair!


This Saturday is the 38th Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair! Come out and join us for a great day celebrating all things bookbinding, printmaking, papermaking, letterpress, and paper arts!!

Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane
When: Saturday April 30, 2016. 9am – 5pm

The Studio on a Sunday

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If you’ve been following along, you know that April is a busy month for Sprouts Press.  There are many shows and workshops happening, everyone seems to love journaling and sketching this time of the year.

So, today I’ve been working on a new batch of Adventure Journals, just for this month’s shows: Makeology and the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair!!  If you don’t know about these shows, just click the ‘Shows‘ tab along the top menu bar of my site to learn more.

Hope to see you soon!

Spending the day with other Wayzgeese!

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Today I’m in Grimsby celebrating my craft with other like-minded folks and selling my wares at the Wayzgoose.  If you’re looking for a scenic day trip, an escape from the city or just something crafty and inspiration to do, head over to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

When: Saturday April 25, 9am – 5pm
Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby Ontario.

For more information about the show and the gallery, check out their website here.

The Wayzgoose Annual Book Arts Fair

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It’s the best time of the year; time for the Wayzgoose!!  I’m not even going to try and hide the fact that this is my most favourite show of the year, anyone who’s attended will understand.11017211_821195567958006_3693839125684605134_o

This is an annual gathering of bookbinders, book artists, papermakers, printmakers, paper marblers, and anyone who makes things to do with these things.  We all get together for the day to show our work, engage in shop talk and be inspired!  It’s the best.

Traditionally a Wayzgoose is a feast held by a printing house for it’s employees.  Today the Wayzgoose is a day-long fair, plus a gorgeous letterpress printed poster (like the one above by Graven Feather, of course!).  And it’s also when the Wayzgoose anthology comes out, which is bound in a limited edition of 115 copies each year, with signatures from the vendors of the fair and local printmakers.  Like I said, it’s pretty incredible!  Check it out if you can, details below.

When:  Saturday April 25, 9am – 5pm
Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s site here.

The Studio On a Sunday

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Today’s post is all about some screenprinting I did a couple of days ago!  I did 115 prints for the Wayzgoose Anthology.  If you’re in southern Ontario and into printmaking, book arts, and the like, then you should check out the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair in Grimsby at the end of April!

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I always mix my own colours because I enjoy it, and it gets me the exact colour I want.

photo 2 Just a sneak peek at a corner of my print.  And also the wonderful zebra print duct tape I usually use.  (It gets the job done and puts a smile on my face!)

I’ve been practicing calligraphy on a fairly regular basis.  So when it came time to come up with a design for my print, I naturally turned to ink, but this time to brush and ink rather than my calligraphy pen.  I decided to draw my design right on my screen rather than use photo-based techniques.
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This is my small, portable setup to screenprint.  It works really well and stores away neatly in a minimal space.

If you’ve ever wanted to try screenprinting you should!  It’s fun and not too invasive, take a workshop or a class if you really want guidance on how to get started.