Scoop: Full-Court Press

The School of Visual Concepts takes letterpress to the streets.
Brangien Davis  |   August 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Keep your fingers and toes (and children) close—for the 10th year in a row, the talented kooks at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC) are putting on a letterpress wayzgoose, and that means the 2-ton steamroller will be back in action. A letterpress tradition since the 17th century, a wayzgoose was originally a feast to thank the lowly typesetters as fall approached and the days drew shorter, requiring arduous typesetting by candlelight. SVC’s wayzgoose is a much different affair, forgoing food for a feast of letterpress posters, books, cards and ephemera handcrafted by Northwest presses. But the highlight of the day is surely the Steamroller Smackdown in the SVC parking lot, during which letterpress artists use a steamroller to do the work of the printing press. The resultant oversized, one-of-a-kind posters are sold to benefit SVC. Dare we say it’s flat-out fun? 8/27. 1–6 p.m. Free. School of Visual Concepts, 500 Aurora Ave. N; 206.623.1560; svcseattle.com.