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2016: Year in Photos

29 Dec

2016 quickly ramped up to be an exciting ride of cultural activities and business opportunities, bringing many new things. Spaceworks had a landmark year! We doubled the capacity of our Creative Enterprise program, invited the public to ‘Fish Tank’ where entrepreneurs made business pitches to a panel of experts, launched the Spaceworks Gallery on the corner of 11th & Commerce, hosted our 1st inaugural auction/fundraiser NEON, and added 3 new staff members!  This look back at the many events in which Spaceworks took part shows a very active year. Tacoma is what we make it, let’s keep making it vibrant.

Spaceworks Spotlight – The Arts & Crafts Press

29 Aug

Arts & Crafts Press - Spaceworks Spotlight

Yoshiko Yamamoto of The Arts & Crafts Press believes we all deserve to interact with beautiful, hand-made objects in our homes every day. To accomplish this goal, she has hybridized Japanese-style woodcut prints and Western letterpress printing techniques, combining high quality craftsmanship with the cost effectiveness of machinery. Yoshiko’s creative drive makes her take every opportunity to keep her art moving forward.

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Arts & Crafts Press featured on PBS’s “Craft In America”

18 Dec


Craft in America covers the nation interviewing some of America’s best artisans and documenting their process. This episode titled CELEBRATION “examines the role craft plays in our holiday customs, with a focus on our winter observances and the traditions that are handed down from one generation to another as well as new rituals that define the season.”

Spaceworks participants The Arts & Crafts Press do traditional Japanese woodblock printing out of their beautiful workshop right here in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley. They are one of the featured artisans in this episode.


PBS produced an additional video of Arts & Crafts Press owner/artist Yoshiko Yamamoto and her daughter offering a demonstration on how to make your own blockprints from home. Click here to watch and be inspired!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Postcard Exchange Project at Historic Tillicum Building

30 Apr


From the Arts & Crafts Press:


Historic Tacoma, The Arts & Crafts Press and the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office invite you to a community event celebrating our cherished buildings.

MAY 1st, 2015, 7-9 pm
2515B South Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409

Make and bring a 4″X6″ STAMPED postcard of a Tacoma building and after displaying it we’ll send it to another guest at evening’s end!

This is to be handcrafted by you: a favorite or most unfavorite Tacoma building. Limit: ten postcards per person.

These art postcards can be photos, drawings, digital images, watercolor, collages or any original artwork. Identify your building and/or add some text but leave room for us to apply a label.

As guests arrive, in exchange for their card, they will fill in their name and address onto a label. We’ll display the cards and then the Historic Tacoma board will randomly apply the labels to the accumulated cards and mail them to the attending guests. (YOU will receive a card or cards in the mail depending on how many you brought).

In addition to bringing a postcard, please bring food and a beverage to share.

For this event we created this linoleum block poster of the Tillicum Building (where our studio is) at The Arts & Crafts Press.
The Arts & Crafts Press is a participant of Spaceworks Tacoma.

GRAND OPENING: Arts & Crafts Press

17 Nov

Saturday, November 22, 1-6pm
Arts & Craft Press
2515-B South Tacoma Way

The Arts & Crafts Press, founded in 1996 by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko, would like to announce the GRAND OPENING of their new space in the historic 1929 “Tillicum Toy Company” building where they’re excited to have a printery, Yoshiko’s blockprint studio, and a small showroom where you can browse and shop from their collection of note cards, prints, books, mugs, and tiles based on Yoshiko’s designs.

Come see their beautiful antique printing presses dating from the 1890s to the 1950s, enjoy hot apple cider, a few delicious nibblies catered by Yellow Bird Catering, and local microbrew beer by Wingman Breweries. During your visit, you can try your hands at printing on one of the presses, but be warned, you might catch the printing bug like Yoshiko and Bruce did 20 years ago! It is highly contagious!

Based in the Pacific Northwest, the Arts & Crafts Press is a small letterpress printing studio. They began as a publishing house concerned with the historic Arts and Crafts movement, working with the belief that art is not an object, it is a way of life. “We strive to create things of beauty by using our head, our heart, and our hands.”

Growing up in Tokyo, Yoshiko first studied sculpture at Tama Art University in Japan, and then, after moving to California, studied music and modern American and Japanese history at the University of California, Berkeley. Yoshiko taught herself (with the help of wonderful mentors) the craft of letterpress block printing, and in 1996 co-founded The Arts & Crafts Press with her husband Bruce Smith.

On her process Yoshiko states “For my limited edition prints, I first sketch flora and fauna I find either in America or in Japan — anything from fir trees, pines, maples, and poppies, to heron, koi fish, and crickets –and then after multiple drawings and watercolors I begin cutting the blocks. Sometimes I work with wood blocks, usually cherry, and other times, I choose linoleum blocks. I also use hard polymer plates for some of the color blocks. I then take these blocks and plates, printing each color separately on a Vandercook printing press, using as many as twenty blocks per print to achieve the desired effect.”

Tillicum Toy Building

The Arts & Crafts Press, in the “Tillicum Toy Company” building at 2515-B South Tacoma Way. Phone: (360) 871-7707 Email: info@artsandcraftspress.com


The Arts & Crafts Press was accepted into Spaceworks Tacoma in February 2014 and after receiving training, technical assistance and marketing support, they are now a proud graduate of the Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Program. During this time Yoshiko and Bruce were able to identify a space and sign a lease on their own. Spaceworks is proud to support creative entrepreneurs like Yoshiko and Bruce as they launch exciting new businesses in Tacoma. Spaceworks Tacoma, a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, is designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma.

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