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ROTATOR Creative invites you to Grand Opening of their new design studio.

2 Dec

Designers of ROTATOR Creative Lance Kagey, Scott Varga, and Mark Alvis
ROTATOR Creative – Grand Opening

7 PM – 10 PM, December 3, 2016
1730 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

(Includes Beautiful Angle Annual Christmas Party and Poster Sale)

In the Summer of 2016 three leading artist/designers joined together to create the ROTATOR studio and applied for the Creative Enterprise Tier II program to help them find studio space. Lance Kagey, Scott Varga, and Mark Alvis sought to partner with Spaceworks in finding a location that would serve as an epicenter for these artists and designers specializing in placemaking and community building through art. Continue reading

Wayzgoose Steamrolls Into the Woolworth Windows

19 Sep

IMG_5209Giant steamroller prints from the 12th Annual Tacoma Wayzgoose Festival are on view in the Woolworth Windows, S. 11th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma through Nov. 17, 2016.


Artwork by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary. Spaceworks photo

So, what is a wayzgoose, and what is a steamroller print, you ask? According to Wikipedia, “Wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St. Bartholomew’s Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight.” The date is significant: “On August 24, 1456 the printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed, perhaps triggering the very first wayzgoose party at Fust–Schöffer shop in Mainz [Germany].”

A less formal guild of Tacoma print artists has updated medieval tradition with their annual letterpress and book arts festival held at King’s Books. A highlight of the weekend event, founded by Jessica Spring (Springtide Press) and bookstore owner sweet pea Flaherty, is making steamroller prints where artists carve 3′ x 3′ linoleum and print on huge sheets of paper using a steamroller as a printing press. The event was designed to showcase the paper arts and to get the public interested and involved in handprinting and bookmaking.


Artist Brian Hutcheson pays tribute to author Dashiell Hammett. Spaceworks photo

Artists participating in the 12th annual Wayzgoose included Brian Hutcheson, CLAW, Maggie Roberts, Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring, Candy Teeth Creative, Charles Wright Academy, Carrie Foster, Chris Sharp, Beautiful Angle, Katie Dean and Stadium High School. The art on display pays tribute to writers including Dashiell Hammett and Frank Herbert. Check out this fab exhibition and see just what those printmakers are up to when burning the tallow at both ends!

The 2016 Wayzgoose Festival posters are on view at the Woolworth Windows, S. 11th and Broadway through Nov. 17, 2016.

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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Wayzgoose and Tacoma’s Printmaking Delirium

15 Jun

Freshly pressed: a Ric Matthies print. Photo: Aaron Locke

The Puget Sound region is frequently cited as one of the most reading-obsessed corners of the country (with moss-friendly weather and a high incidence of depression reputed to be factors). Luckily for local literati, there is King’s Books in the Stadium District, an indie gem of a bookstore and a clearinghouse for approximately 100,000 rare, out-of-print, secondhand and newly released books, according to proprietor sweet pea Flaherty.

King’s has everything we love in a neighborhood bookshop – a pithy and knowledgeable staff, the “old book smell” (take that, Kindle!), resident cats roaming the stacks – and enough volumes to keep one busy through a lifetime of soggy weather. On top of that, the 11-year old store supports artists through events such as the renegade craft fair, Tacoma is for Lovers, and highbrow hijinx such as the Banned Book Club. One of the city’s most popular art festivals, a printmaking and book arts showcase called Wayzgoose (after a medieval guild celebration) is an annual event (co-founded by award-winning local artist, Jessica Spring) held at King’s.

Flaherty takes the wheel at Wayzgoose. Photo: Aaron Locke

Spaceworks is celebrating seven years of Wayzgoose with an exhibition opening at the Woolworth Building, July 15. On view will be a gonzo selection of eye-popping, black-and-white prints produced by steamroller printing (you read that right) – a feat that is the coup de grâce of each year’s festival. The artworks, originally cut on 4′-long slabs of linoleum, are by some of Tacoma’s finest. And an artist riding a steamroller like a bucking bronco – we can’t think of an image that better encapsulates the gritty T-town spirit. We caught up with sweet pea Flaherty to talk about Wayzgooses (Wayzgeese?) past, present and future.

Spaceworks: Hi sweet pea, Wayzgoose turned seven this year! What has been your most memorable experience of the event thus far?
sweet pea Flaherty: The most amazing thing has been the [raised] public awareness of what letterpress printers and book artists do. When we started the Wayzgoose, only a select few knew what their craft entailed. We’ve played a role in giving these arts a wider exposure in Tacoma. The support of the public, the City, universities and art organizations….has been astounding.

Native son: a portrait of the late, local crooner, Bing Crosby, by Beautiful Angle.

SW:What is the most marked difference between Tacoma’s Wayzgoose and that of the medieval hamlets from whence it originated?

spF: Less mead, certainly. Which is a good thing, as we play with steamrollers! Also, the older festival was more insular, [intended] for printers and their families. While information and equipment swapping is definitely a part of our event, it’s more for the general public. We try to provide hands-on activities so people can get their hands dirty and make pretty.

SW: Approximately how many people showed up for this year’s event?
spF: According to our highly scientific methods, about 900 people came through this year….We had beautiful weather thanks to a pre-event sacrifice. The festival couldn’t have gone better.

Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle inks up his plate. Photo: Aaron Locke

SW: Why is Wayzgoose important to T-town and the art community?
spF: It’s the annual visual showcase for what printers and book artists do. While a lot of the individual artists participate in other public events, you get to see [a comprehensive representation] of work being done in Tacoma and the region. With Tacoma being a working class town, there is something about the tactility of printing, binding, etc., that seems to appeal to people. So many of the artists at Wayzgoose are doing innovative work and expanding the definition of what a book is, that it’s hard to not be inspired to new creative heights, whatever your chosen medium. Continue reading

Pop Art on the Plaza

21 Jul

Profile: Joanne, by Janet Marcavage

Janet Marcavage is a Tacoma artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and all over the world: China, England, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. She is a master printmaker, and an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Puget Sound. Her work may be described as introspective and intellectually engaging: for instance, in a series called Profile, she takes the color code used to represent nucleotides in DNA testing, and deconstructs it to create the basis for a new pointillist palette, of sorts. She uses this new, information-rich technique – represented in the medium of an exquisitely precise, dot-print paper that she prints by hand – to create portrait silhouettes of her own family.

For Artscapes, Marcavage is creating a completely different type of work, to be installed at Tollefson Plaza (S. 17th & Pacific Ave.) on July 29. She is applying her printmaking skills to the design of big, bold Pop Art flowers that will find a home strung along the plaza’s railings. “This project is more playful and brighter than my previous work,” she says, “a chance for me to utilize printmaking on a larger scale than usual.” The brilliant mega-flora printed on weather-resistant Tyvek require a 4′ screen and a 40” squeegee to make – and an extra hand to print: “It took two of us to pull the squeegee. I haven’t done that before.”

Fantastic flora by Janet Marcavage

So how did she make the leap from investigating the genetic code to mining Summer of Love symbology? “My two-year-old daughter really inspired the flowers. Flowers are decorative icons found on almost everything marketed to girls. I’ve found from previous installations that going a little bigger and [more] colorful was more effective for public spaces. Some viewers may experience the work from a car, [and] if it is too subtle in this sort of setting, it won’t be noticed. I think that it brings some beauty to the plaza; when I have been testing out some of the flowers on the site, people walked by and smiled.” Untitled, Tollefson Plaza, S. 17th & Pacific Ave., July 31-Sept.15, 2010; http://www.janetmarcavage.com

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