Wayzgoose Speakers

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We're giddy to have such an amazing lineup of speakers at this year's Wayzgoose. Join us for a spectacular weekend of type talk in Two Rivers, Wisconsin November 3-5, 2017. Maker sure to check out the full schedule.

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Speaker Bios & Session Descriptions

Friday Workshops

(requires a separate sign-up from conference fee)

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Gail Anderson
Friday Workshop Presenter and Friday Evening Featured Speaker

Gail Anderson is a New York-based designer, writer, and educator. She is a partner, with Joe Newton, at Anderson Newton Design. From 2002 through 2010, she served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater. From 1987 to early 2002, she worked at Rolling Stone magazine, serving as designer, deputy art director, and finally, as the magazine's senior art director. Anderson’s work has received awards from major design organizations, including the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, Communication Arts, and Print. In addition, it has also been included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at the School of Visual Arts. Gail Anderson is co-author, with Steven Heller, of the upcoming The Typographic Universe, as well as New Modernist Type, New Ornamental Type, New Vintage Type, Astounding Photoshop Effects, American Typeplay, The Savage Mirror, and Graphic Wit. She is a contributor to Imprint and Uppercase magazine.

Friday Workshop: Typographic Collage (This workshop is currently full, please contact us at info@woodtype.org to be on the waitlist.)
Participants in this workshop will create paper mosaics of a word of their choosing. Using the vibrant color palette of French Paper's Pop Tone line, you'll create word collages using torn and cut paper.

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Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher,
Lead Graffiti
Friday workshop presenters and Saturday breakout presenters

Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher, both holding MFA degrees, have been a collaborative, design-related team for 40 years. As Cypher + Nichols + Design, their work has been included in exhibitions and design annuals of the Art Directors Club of New York, The One Club for Art & Copy, University and College Designers Association, Graphis, and Print Regional, often in collaboration with Ray’s design students. Ray was the coordinator of the Visual Communications Group at the University of Delaware for 3 decades, developing it into one of the premiere advertising design programs in the U.S. Retiring from Cypher + Nichols + Design in 2000 and from teaching in 2006, Ray, with his wife Jill, started Lead Graffiti, a letterpress studio with the general focus of combining innovative handcrafted work with creative spontaneity. Their work has been recognized with exhibitions at The British Library in London, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and AIGA / Philadelphia, among others. Both technical and creative workshops in letterpress and bookmaking have provided hands-on experience for more than 1,350 participants. Lead Graffiti “Shorternships” and “Afternoon Diversions” invite an ongoing collaborative experience for those with a hands-on experience in letterpress, as well as providing community outreach to students and professionals about the history, processes and creativity of letterpress

Friday Workshop: H.N. Werkman Creative Letterpress Workshop (This workshop is currently full, please contact us at info@woodtype.org to be on the waitlist.)
Our workshop focuses on the little-known work of the WWII era Dutch designer and publisher, H.N. Werkman. Werkman’s “druksels” (a play on the Dutch verb “to print”) prints are used as both a printing process and as a creative point of departure. The main defining difference from a normal letterpress experience is that the process is done upside-down and without any lockup. The wood type is simply inked by hand and positioned facedown on a sheet of paper on the bed of the press. This allows for a speedy and spontaneous reaction to the pure typographic shapes and color. Working quite quickly, individually or in small groups, participants can swap back and forth. A print can take a few minutes or as much as an hour. Another difference between this technique and standard letterpress practice is that prints are only produced individually versus in multiples. No previous letterpress experience is required.

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Kathleen O'Connell
Friday Workshop Presenter

Kathleen O’Connell was born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. Her education includes studies in printmaking, book arts, sculpture and drawing. She holds a BFA degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After completing her studies, she traveled (Italy, Chile) and held a series of art-related jobs and adjunct teaching positions in book arts and printmaking (New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon). In 2009, Kathleen moved to Lima, Peru, began a printmaking residency at the Taller 72 printshop, and later established the Libros Artísticos book arts studio and workshop space. In 2012, Kathleen accepted an academic position and relocated to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she is an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Letterpress at Middle Tennessee State University, Vice President for Programs and Member of the Board of Directors of the College Book Art Association. She continues to make artwork, teach and travel.

Friday Workshop: Paper Marbling (This workshop is currently full, please contact us at info@woodtype.org to be on the waitlist.)
The Paper Marbling workshop will cover the basics of marbling on paper, including simple tool making and learning a variety of patterning techniques. Handouts with recipes and instructions for preparing materials are included. Students will have time to make their own marbled papers.

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Julie Sola,
Fat Crow Press
Friday Workshop Presenter

In addition to her work as a fine artist with many shows over the years in the Middle Tennessee area, Julie Sola is the author of two locally successful children’s books, Run Fast Milo and Possum Dreams. Julie is the producer of Proto-Pulp, Classic Books of the Future, an annual children’s book fair held at the Idea Hatchery, also in East Nashville. Of her art she says, “I find printmaking to be the most successful way for me to express my ideas. My ideas first take shape in a sketch. Once my drawing is fully developed, I transfer it to linoleum where the drawing goes through changes as I carve it. At this stage I am able to edit the drawing as I wish. Since I am working reductively, taking away linoleum to create white areas to make texture, shape and line, I see my original idea transformed into something that may look totally different. I am very passionate about printmaking and have not lost the excitement of pulling a print. You never exactly know how it is going to turn out once the ink is on the paper. Animals often assume human characteristics in my work, and I strive to create an open-ended narrative that allows my viewers to create their own story. My children’s books are a wonderful challenge that pushes me to look at my work from a fresh perspective.” She worked as a designer and printer at the world famous Hatch Show Print, a 138-year-old letterpress poster shop. Her day involved working with clients, designing, typesetting and printing everything from wedding invitations to concert posters.

Friday Workshop: Rubber/linoleum Carving and Simple Bookmaking Workshop
In this workshop we will make accordion books printed mostly by hand. I will show you how you can create your own prints at home without needing large equipment. Participants will explore different techniques for hand rolling backgrounds and carving simple images using rubber and linoleum to print your book to create a story. There will be an emphasis on layering images. At the end we will use the Showcard press to add a letterpress element to the book. Everyone in the workshop gets to walk away with a complete project.

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Peter and Donna Thomas

Friday Workshop Presenter

Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists from Santa Cruz, CA. Since 1977 they have worked both collaboratively and individually; letterpress printing, hand-lettering and illustrating texts, making paper, and hand binding both fine press and artists’ books. Inspired by the archetypal quest for beauty and perfection, and informed by the potential of word, image, shape and texture to create an illuminating or transformative experience, their initial aim was to create limited edition fine press books made of the finest materials and produced to the highest standards of quality, in both full size and miniature format. This aesthetic continued to guide them through the 1990s as they worked in new formats made possible by personal computer technology, exploring non-traditional book structures and shaped book objects as both limited editions and one-of-a-kind books. Their 2002 book “More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures and Found Objects,” is a manual describing how to make the book structures they developed during the previous decades’ explorations, their 2000 “Ergonomics of Hand Papermaking” video documents and demonstrates production papermaking techniques re-discovered visiting European hand papermills, and their 2012 editorial work for “1000 Artists’ Books" created a system to categorize artists' books by physical characteristics. From 2010-2015 they have traveled the USA as the “Wandering Book Artists” giving talks, workshops and demonstrations to both academic and community-based audiences.

Friday Workshop: Wood Type as Illustration (This workshop is currently full, please contact us at info@woodtype.org to be on the waitlist.)
We will explore various ways of using wood type to create illustration. We will use letters as shapes to create graphic images, and letters as words to create abstract designs.We will print in multiple color runs, using a split fountain, changing the value and tone of the color during the various press runs without having to wash up in-between.

Friday Evening Speaker

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Gail Anderson

Friday Evening Featured Speaker and Friday Workshop Presenter

Gail Anderson is a New York-based designer, writer, and educator. She is a partner, with Joe Newton, at Anderson Newton Design. From 2002 through 2010, she served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater. From 1987 to early 2002, she worked at Rolling Stone magazine, serving as designer, deputy art director, and finally, as the magazine's senior art director. Anderson’s work has received awards from major design organizations, including the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, Communication Arts, and Print. In addition, it has also been included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at the School of Visual Arts. Gail Anderson is co-author, with Steven Heller, of the upcoming The Typographic Universe, as well as New Modernist Type, New Ornamental Type, New Vintage Type, Astounding Photoshop Effects, American Typeplay, The Savage Mirror, and Graphic Wit. She is a contributor to Imprint and Uppercase magazine.

Saturday Breakout Sessions

Throughout the day there are 6 breakout sessions over 3 time periods. Each speaker gives their presentation twice. Choose two to see in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the afternoon we will show Pressing On: The Letterpress Film and have a question & answer session with Erin Beckloff, the film's co-director.

Erin Beckloff, Q&A about ‘Pressing On: The Letterpress Film'
Patterson Clark, The Art and Blocks of Alienweeds
Jim Moran, Behind the Scenes Tour of Enquirer Collection
Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher, Tour de Lead Graffiti
Carolyn Porter, The Story Behind P22 Marcel Script
Brad Vetter, Letterpress for the 21st Century
Jenny Wilkson, Out of Print: Lo-Fi in a High Tech City

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Erin Beckloff, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film
Saturday breakout session presenter

Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, filmmaker, and graphic design educator. She is the co-director and writer of "Pressing On: The Letterpress Film," a documentary about the survival of letterpress and the remarkable printers who preserve the history and knowledge of the craft. Erin is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she revitalized the Curmudgeon Press type shop and developed letterpress courses. Her research explores the idea that history is a web of connections between people through time, and that the letterpress community’s expansiveness through time reflects the connectivity of a gravitationally bound star cluster. She believes the letterpress printing process will survive through educating others in the craft and that the intangible effects — emotional and physical — are consequential. She has a BFA from Miami University and a MFA in Graphic Design from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She studied letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print.

Saturday Breakout Session: Q&A about ‘Pressing On: The Letterpress Film'
Creating a movie is similar to setting, locking-up and printing a very complex letterpress form. The characters are the most important, the finite pieces and parts come together slowly with great care and specialized skills. Printer, design educator, and filmmaker Erin Beckloff who produced, wrote and co-directed Pressing On introduces this feature length documentary about the survival of letterpress and the remarkable printers who preserve the history and knowledge of the craft.

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Patterson Clark
Saturday Breakout Session Presenter

Exotic invasive vegetation supplies the material that Patterson Clark uses for printing. From unwanted and environmentally disturbing plants, he extracts paper, inks and printing blocks, all of which unite under the platen pressure of a cast iron hand press. When he's not wresting with weeds, Patterson serves as a graphics editor at POLITICO. Previously, he produced science graphics for The Washington Post and op-ed drawings for the Miami Herald and the Arkansas Gazette.

Saturday Breakout Session: The Art and Blocks of Alienweeds
The path from pulling weeds to pulling prints. An introduction to the abundance harvested from exotic invasive vegetation, such as paper fibers, plant pigments and weed-wood relief printing blocks, with details on the preparation of blocks — from coarse chainsaw milling to the finer points of laser engraving.

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Jim Moran
Saturday breakout session presenter

Jim Moran is the Museum director at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. He runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection, and maintains the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, Wisconsin, printing firm, Moran’s Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner, and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years.

Saturday Breakout Session: Behind the Scenes Tour of Enquirer Collection
The Enquirer Collection at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum contains nearly 500 rare circus, fair and carnival posters, plus approximately 1,500 hand-carved printing plates; more than 5,000 pieces of large wood type; and related correspondence. The Anderson family of Cincinnati founded Enquirer Printing in 1895 and continuously has archived the extensive collection. In the early 1950s it was the only show printer in the Midwest. In 2015 the museum acquired this collection and is working to continue this long legacy. Jim Moran, museum director, says of the printed pieces, "The thousands of previously printed samples from Enquirer Printing’s archive provides us with an invaluable documentation of the printing process and the artistic considerations that went into advertising art of the early 20th century." Now is your chance to see what it takes to catalog this massive collection.

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Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher,
Lead Graffiti
Friday workshop presenters and Saturday breakout presenters

Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher, both holding MFA degrees, have been a collaborative, design-related team for 40 years. As Cypher + Nichols + Design, their work has been included in exhibitions and design annuals of the Art Directors Club of New York, The One Club for Art & Copy, University and College Designers Association, Graphis, and Print Regional, often in collaboration with Ray’s design students. Ray was the coordinator of the Visual Communications Group at the University of Delaware for 3 decades, developing it into one of the premiere advertising design programs in the U.S. Retiring from Cypher + Nichols + Design in 2000 and from teaching in 2006, Ray, with his wife Jill, started Lead Graffiti, a letterpress studio with the general focus of combining innovative handcrafted work with creative spontaneity. Their work has been recognized with exhibitions at The British Library in London, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and AIGA / Philadelphia, among others. Both technical and creative workshops in letterpress and bookmaking have provided hands-on experience for more than 1,350 participants. Lead Graffiti “Shorternships” and “Afternoon Diversions” invite an ongoing collaborative experience for those with a hands-on experience in letterpress, as well as providing community outreach to students and professionals about the history, processes and creativity of letterpress

Saturday Breakout Session: Tour de Lead Graffiti
This is a major endurance letterpress project from the Lead Graffiti studio from 2011-2015. Following the Tour de France Lead Graffiti produced a series of 23 letter press posters. One poster each day is produced with guest contributors who collaborate with Ray and Jill to create a letterpress poster paralleling the events of each stage of the Tour de France.

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Carolyn Porter

Saturday breakout session presenter

Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer and self-professed typography geek who designed P22 Marcel Script. Released in 2014, this font has garnered four international honors, including the Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Director’s Club, and typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Print magazines. The book “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate” recounts Carolyn’s obsessive quest for information about Marcel Heuzé, the man whose handwriting inspired the font.

Saturday Breakout Session: The story behind P22 Marcel Script
During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin. His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about day-to-day survival. Sixty years later, graphic designer Carolyn Porter found his letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota and began to transform Marcel’s handwriting into a modern computer font. She became obsessed with finding answers to the questions: Who was Marcel? Why had he been in Germany? And why had his precious letters been for sale half-way around the world?

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Brad Vetter

Saturday breakout session presenter

Brad Vetter is a designer, artist, educator and letterpress printer currently based in Louisville, KY. After studying graphic design at Western Kentucky University, Brad moved on to a dreamy job at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. Throughout his time at Hatch, Brad printed multitudes of gigposters for big name bands, worked with ad agencies around the world on larger scale design projects, assisted in workshop throughout the country, all while also working as instructor for the shop’s internship program. After Hatch, Brad became an independent printer and designer under the mantle Brad Vetter Design. Bouncing between antique letterpress equipment and contemporary technologies/techniques, he continues to hand print rock-and-roll posters while also adding some digital design to his repertoire. Recent poster clients include Mumford & Sons, Van Morrison and Chris Stapleton just to name a few. His letterpress inspired labels also adore every bottle of Signal Ridge Vineyard wine. Brad frequently lectures and hosts workshops throughout the US on his unique techniques and processes. His print work has been shown in such notable venues as the San Francisco MoMA, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, and the Danish Museum of Media.

Saturday Breakout Session: Letterpress for the 21st Century
Letterpress (best described by Jim Sheradden of Hatch Show Print) is simply "Letters pressed into paper with ink in between". This centuries old printing process revolutionized the way we as humans communicate—putting words(and power) into the hands of the people. People all over the world are waking up—once again—to the idea of letterpress printing and the voice it gives us. We dig past the “ye olde” novelty in a search for some context, an aesthetic, or techniques that makes this antique form of printing relevant in today’s culture. With a little humor and some super colorful posters, Brad will discuss his journey in finding out what it means to be a contemporary letterpress printer. SPOILER ALERT: It involves lasers!

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Jenny Wilkson,
School of Visual Concepts
Saturday Breakout Session Presenter

Jenny Wilkson founded the letterpress program at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC) in 2001. Originally a book designer, she holds a Master of Arts in Design from UC Berkeley, and is fortunate to be one of the few of her generation to have undergone a traditional letterpress apprenticeship. In 2012, she co-created the wiki website Letterpress Commons. These days she oversees the operations, curriculum and community outreach of SVC’s letterpress shop at the School’s facility in South Lake Union—the epicenter of Seattle’s tech boom. Through SVC, she facilitates creative collaborations with local nonprofits and directs the annual Letterpress Wayzgoose and the mighty Steamroller Smackdown.

Saturday Breakout Session: Out of Print: Lo-Fi in a High Tech City
Jenny Wilkson is shattering the binary ceiling in the unlikeliest of places: the School of Visual Concepts’ letterpress studio, located in the epicenter of Seattle’s tech boom. Jenny promises to entertain with the story of the little print shop that could. By embracing the future of technology along with its past and engaging the local community in meaningful ways, she’s stumbled upon a formula for staying nimble and relevant in these changing times.

Saturday Evening Speaker

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Jonathan Hoefler,
Founder & Artistic Director at Hoefler&Co
Saturday Evening Featured Speaker

Jonathan Hoefler has been designing typefaces for nearly thirty years. Through his work at Hoefler&Co, the company he founded in 1989, his lifelong love of typography has found countless avenues: he has designed and directed more than 1,500 typefaces including Knockout, Gotham, Sentinel, Archer, Surveyor, Requiem, Verlag, Mercury, Chronicle, and Ringside; he has designed type specimens, mobile experiences, and websites including the Cloud.typography webfont platform and the award-winning Discover.typography and in 2016 he created his first short film about typeface design. Hoefler is the only person to have ever received both the Prix Charles Peignot, the prize for typographic excellence awarded by the Association Typographique Internationale, and the AIGA Medal, the design profession’s highest honor. H&Co typefaces are in the permanent collections of both the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the company is the only type foundry ever to have been honored by the National Design Awards at the White House.

Uncharacteristic Characters
Type designer Jonathan Hoefler had never encountered a typeface in which the capital “I” needed to be taller than the “H.” But then this new project, which he’ll be presenting at the Hamilton Wayzgoose, isn’t an ordinary typeface. It’s the most uncharacteristic project ever undertaken by Hoefler&Co during their twenty-eight year history, and it questions what makes a “serious typeface” serious.

Visually, the design is unlike anything H&Co has ever done before, celebrating styles of lettering far outside their usual haunts. At the same time, it's the quintessential H&Co project, exploring the kinds of themes that have defined some of their most familiar typefaces including Gotham, Ideal Sans, Surveyor, Operator, and Ringside. This new design, by H&Co’s Jonathan Hoefler and Jordan Bell, pokes at the perimeter of the "type family," it meditates on the relationship between the formal and informal, and it identifies how the needs of authors, as well as designers, should help guide what a twenty-first century typeface needs to be.

Sunday Morning Speakers

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Kim & Brian French, French Paper Company
Sunday Morning Featured Speakers

Kim and Brian French are a sibling duo that make up the 6th generation of the 145 year old French Paper Company. Growing up a block away from the French Paper mill in Niles, MI they have had pulp in their veins and dye on their clothes since birth. Their focus is helping designers and printers make their projects a reality with quality stock. Passionate paper nerds, they are always ready to talk about anything design, ink, or paper related.

Six Generations of French Paper
It's unusual to still find a 6th-generation company whose name matches the people running it. French Paper Company has been manufacturing paper for more than 140 years in the same community of Niles, Michigan. In an industry known for corporate acquisitions and shutdowns, French Paper has persevered, emerging as one of the strongest, smartest, and most consistent paper brands around. Remaining as one of the last, small, independent mills in America, French Paper has learned to take their direction from customers, not corporate consultants. They keep their eye on the bottom line by improving their product lines, and when they talk about stock, they mean papers, not shareholder value. Brian and Kim will be chatting with Jim and Bill Moran about French Paper Company's long history and the colorful clientele they serve.

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