Last month several Tetherites and I went down to the block party at South Lake Union to take part in the School of Visual Concept's 13th Annual Letterpress Wayzgoose. For those who don't know, a "wayzgoose" was an event hosted by a master printer to his workmen each year that marked the end of summer and start of working by candlelight. Nowadays a lot of letterpress shops and studios take the day to host printing extravaganzas with demonstrations and booths for the larger community. SVC's Wayzgoose is my favorite time of year. Creative studios from around the Seattle area are asked to form a team. Each team designs and carves up a sheet of linoleum the size of your kitchen counter! And, of course, the only way to print a sheet of linoleum the size of your kitchen counter is to run it over with a steamroller!!
This year we decided to do a print inspired by the mammoth tusk they dug up in South Lake Union earlier in the year while excavating for one of the high-rises. I took on the task of designing, illustrating, and hand lettering the poster. I don't think I've ever designed for something so large (around 4x5 feet!). Kind of intimidating but I think the mammoth stood up to the pressure ….heh… heh.