Fall Update

Happy October! I hope you're staying dry and safe in some of the wild weather out there. After a busy and hot summer, I’m looking forward to retreating to the studio in cooler weather here in Washington. Here’s what I'm up to:

New journals in stores
I am in production for new hand printed and bound woodcut journals that are going out to stores soon! There will be 6 different designs total in 3 sizes and 2 color schemes. Watch my progress on Instagram. You’ll be able to find them in the following shops:
The Lion’s Nest, Austin, TX
Bookmark It, Orlando, FL
The Orlando Museum of Art Gift Shop, Orlando, FL

This weekend, October 10 - 11, 2015
Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
My artist books will be on display and for sale at the Book Arts Guild table this weekend at the fair. We are the only table focused on artists’ books, but the fair includes all forms of books- antique, specialty, fine press, zines, etc. I’ll be at the table for a couple hours each day, come say hi! 
Saturday, October 10: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, October 11: 11am – 4pm
Exhibition Hall
Seattle Center
(Aim for the Space Needle!)

Article in The MAPC Journal
An article I wrote for the Mid-America Print Council Journal will be in the Winter 2015 edition. I interviewed two Puget Sound letterpress printers, Myrna Keliher of Expedition Press and Lynda Sherman of Bremelo Press, about the edition’s theme, Evolution: From education to occupation.

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6 – 8pm
Opening Reception for Pressing West at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
A few pieces of my letterpress work will be included in the group show, Pressing West, at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts on Bainbridge Island, WA (a 45-minute ferry ride from Seattle). Pressing West is a contemporary letterpress exhibition featuring work by new and established letterpress artists from the Western United States. 
Show dates: January 2 – 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 2016, 6 – 8pm
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
151 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 – 6, Sunday, 11 – 5 

Residency at the Southwest School of Art

Back in July I completed my artist residency with collaborative partner, Nicole Geary, at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Over two weeks we wrote, printed and assembled our artist book, Fossils & Whispers. I printed our imagery on the letterpress and Nicole typed all the text for twenty books, one at a time, on her typewriter. She took on a grueling job! It was an intense but immensely fulfilling two weeks and it totally rocked getting to work with a kindred spirit like Nicole. The result is SO worth it! We still have some things to wrap up before we’re ready to share all the details with you, but in the meantime one of the edition will also be available for viewing at this weekend’s Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.

And lastly…

Mid-production in the studio with my new drying rack.

Mid-production in the studio with my new drying rack.

Studio Upgrades

Building your own studio from the ground up is simultaneously exciting and challenging. On the one hand, you get to build it yourself, but on the other hand, you have to build it yourself. Ha! So a few weeks ago, with the help of my husband, Mike, I built drying racks to fit under my etching press. We built a rack and frames out of wood and I wrapped the frames with fiberglass window screen. They have totally changed how I work in the studio when I’m printing and inspired me to build a few more things for the shop.

Until next time, ☺

Cat Snapp