Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spring Collective Show

This Saturday May 24th come out and join us at the Spring Collective Show. It's curated and organized by a fellow East Ender! This is it's first year and is happening at St. Matthew's Clubhouse at the south end of Riverdale Park across from The Rooster Cafe on Broadview.
Paintings by Laura Hains, Inked Lily, Margaret Pring, Stace Schmidt, Darlene Swinton
Ceramics by Annette Hansen, Jewellery by Jewelust, Letterpress from KOZO Studio, Hats from Hats by She, Natural sodas from Savannah Naturals and more.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lately in the studio

First off: new workshop dates for the summer have been updated! We're going to try and offer the Intro workshop on a more consistent basis.

In old news: these pictures were taken from a workshop in February (yes, there have been people working in the studio).

The students were attempting a 2-colour plate. We set up a different colour on the two Vandercook SP-15s we have in the studio.

Running purple for the poinsettia petals
Green for the stems and leaves
Going from one press/colour to the other didn't work out as smoothly as I had envisioned. I ended up giving a crash course on setting gripper bar paper gauges. Now they know how to rotate the sheet counter-clockwise by 1 degree.

Don't laugh, but the student's name is Mimi. Neither of us noticed the type was set backwards - but how could you with I's and M's?
In the end: success!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Look what I noticed when I was going through my old record collection! I had never really taken note of what the cover image was for this Stiff Little Fingers album when I was in high school. Probably because I wasn't at all familiar with letterpress yet!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Back in the studio

The studio has been pretty quiet over the holidays but we're slowly getting the presses humming for 2014. Let's shake the dust off the type, oil the presses, and get some printing done!

There are new workshops scheduled and we're in the middle of an "advanced" type-setting course. Pictures of the students' work will be posted soon.

Can you spot the typo?

Here's a lock-up of some 24 point Alpha-Blox on one of the Vandercook SP-15's at the studio. Alpha-Blox was a modular system created by American Type Founders that allowed a compositor to create a variety of designs and letterforms with a set of discrete shapes. This is the linear set; there is also a reverse set. Combining the two creates opportunities for some really abstract imagery.

Alpha-Blox are fun to play with mostly because all the sorts are square. So a lot of the headaches that come with setting metal type and locking-up are avoided.

-Al (studio assistant)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Don Black Linecasting in PRINTERESTING

Here is a nice little article about Don Black Linecasting. My letterpress candy shop!
I usually organize a trip out to Don Black Linecasting for students that I have taught in the past year. Becuase of our baby (I'll talk about that later on) I haven't taught all year but my studio assistant Albert has! I haven't talked to Craig yet, but I'm still hoping to bring some of our students out there for an introduction in the spring. Many of my past students have loved the place and bought presses and all the fixin's from them.
Look around the Printeresting site as well. I love this site!

Don Black Linecasting « PRINTERESTING

Sunday, February 17, 2013

December 2012

Thank you to Lily who took these great photos during the seven weeks of the ABCs of Letterpress class she participated in! Lily brought a real camera every week to take photos. The rest of us just used our cell phones. I had a great time with this group. We even had a little Christmas party with baked goods and non-alcoholic Mimosas!

The space.

One part of a two colour project.

"Always kiss me goodnight" on the Vandercook SP 15.

Hand set type project!

Brady's hand setting project up close.

Luis's hand setting project... almost ready.

I love this shot!
Luis's hand set project... nice use of ornaments and centring.

Lily's form ready to be put to the test.
Will everything stay in place when it is lifted?

Proofing Lily's hand set type project on the Craftsman.

Proofing with Lily on the Craftsman.

Working away.

...and finished! It looks amazing!

At the Vandercook SP 15 with Luis.

Friday, January 4, 2013


Happy New Year!
Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!
Wishing everyone happiness, peace, health and love!

Kozo Studio will be closed for a much needed clean up and press tune-up until the end of January 2013.
Workshops will resume at the end of January so keep an eye out.

Meanwhile, here are some of the pics from the last two ABCs of Letterpress classes.

Luis printing on the Craftsman.
Kara getting ready to tie up her form.
Lily's form, ready to be put in the platen press.

The four photos above are of Renee's Lego letterpress
prints and one of her two plates.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Having some fun

Playing around with some orphaned wood type to create an assemblage to sell at the studio.

LEGO fun! They really need to create a tool to get these little flat tops off the base board.
My fingers are killing me!

First pass of LEGO print. No. It's not going to be a Harlequin face.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Above is the make ready I had to do to get the cut (below) to print. It's about 6 layers at the thickest parts.
It's a great image. Hmmm. I should have taken a photo of the print as well! Okay. Will do that soon!

The original cut. It's actually not copper. It's lead, I think.
Make ready with before and after print.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Yes. It has been a while.
So, after my trip in June I ended up taking the summer off for health reasons. Checking my e-mail was spotty than my normal spottiness! A big 'Sorry' to everyone who sent e-mails and thought that perhaps I was avoiding them...or dead. To me, computer = stress and that was one of the things I had to avoid.
Anyroad, I'm getting into gear again and have finally figured out a workshop schedule. I may add a few short workshops here and there as I find needed. For the ABCs of Letterpress though, that is it until the new year. you can find them here under the 'Workshops' tab.
I leave you with a detail of the last piece I worked on in May. It's part of a large kozo paper panel I made for a client. The darker fibre in the halos is kozo but with bits of the bark still in with the pulp. I thought it worked out well. Hopefully the client feels the same!

Kozo fibre paper panel detail.