We’re pleased to be working with Windsor based artist and art educator Michelle Soullière on her new project Up the Mesh Count: Screenprinting For D.I.Y. Musicians, funded by Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor Arts, Culture, & Heritage Fund. We will be teaching local musicians how to screen print their own promotional materials and how to build their own screenprinting equipment, and producing a how-to zine on screenprinting to be distributed locally. Windsor is about to experience a D.I.Y. screenprinting revolution!
More information will be made available shortly, including where you can sign up for the workshop sessions (taking place in April, June, and September of 2016).
The project is also hiring! We need a studio technician to work with us throughout the project, and an illustrator to help with the zine. You can check out the contract postings here: Up the Mesh Count Studio Technician and Illustrator Posting
These sweet little journals measure approximately 8.5cm x 10cm x 2cm thick (3.5 x 4 x 0.75 inches). They’re small enough to stuff in your bag and sturdy enough to stand up to a good deal of travel and enthusiastic use. The exposed spine is sewn with a combination of the “Coptic” link stitch and a climbing woven stitch, and allows for the book to lie fully open. They feature a mix of reclaimed papers for the textblocks, and are covered with colourful press proofs from our studio.
These are fun to make, and deeply satisfying for an artist with a bad case of horror vacui.
You can check them out in our studio, or here in the Levigator Press Etsy shop: Levigator Press on Etsy
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us during the Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour! We had a blast and met some great new people.
Our new pottery line, in collaboration with The Pottery Cupboard, got great reviews. Here are the finished prototype pieces:
During the tour we also played with tile designs, drawing images in clay slabs with the etching needle and then pressing letters using letterpress type. We’re thinking of offering a tile making class in January if anyone’s interested!
Nicole (of Mercantile 519) worked on some knit patterned slump bowls:
We also did screenprint and block print demos. Here are some of the things we printed:
This weekend we’re inviting Dayna Wagner of The Pottery Cupboard and Nicole Drouillard of Mercantile 519 to join us in the studio as part of the Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour. From 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be doing nonstop demos in pottery, printmaking, and knitting, with loads of fun stuff planned. If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in and check us out! It’s worth taking in the whole tour, which encompasses Windsor, Belle River, Amherstburg, and LaSalle.
We’ll also be debuting the first pieces in two new lines of pottery the three of us are working on together, and making more pieces right on site. Here’s a little preview of the cups I was drawing on a few weeks ago, fresh out of the kiln:
We’ve been very grateful this week for the generosity of the friends of Levigator Press. We’ve had people bringing us paper, bookbinding materials, candy, their old phone books (print studio essentials!), a lovely pair of antique irons to use for bookbinding weights (thanks, Bev!). And tonight we drove out to the county to pick up a little cabinet of type from a barn, courtesy of our friend Julka. It’s left over from a Serbian language newspaper that used to be produced in the Ford City neighbourhood. We’ve barely had time to peek into the drawers yet, but we’re going to get a lot of good use out of this!
This is the beginning of a fun collaboration I’m doing with Dayna Wagner of The Pottery Cupboard. I did some drawings on a series of still-wet cups and bowls, to which she’ll add underglaze colour. This new line of pottery, along with some fun pieces Dayna is making in collaboration with Nicole Drouillard of Mercantile 519, will be debuted during the Windsor Essex Studio Tour on October 3 and 4. We’re super excited to show it to you!
Our class schedule for September and October is pretty much full, but we’ve squeezed in one more fun one: Christine Chenier of Saint Flamingo will be bringing us her Messenger Bag class once again! Class details are here: SEW A MESSENGER BAG
Since this is a late addition, we’re offering a limited time 15% discount on this class if you sign up before the end of this weekend. To get the special price you must register, with a 30% deposit, by Sunday, September 13 at 10:00pm. We’re open Friday from 11 to 5 and Saturday 11 to 6; we’re closed Sunday, but you can still register by sending an e-transfer payment to email@example.com. Or give us a call!
The beginning of September and a new school year always brings about a whiff of change: new schedules, new routines, new plans. Levigator Press has been open for six months now, and we’ve had some time to get a sense of the ebb and flow of our neighbourhood. Starting this week, we will no longer be open on Sundays, and we will now be open on Tuesdays. We’ve found that you, our lovely customers and students, tend to seek us out more during the week than on weekends, so it makes more sense for us to be open more weekdays.
Our new hours:
We’ve got our classes scheduled up until the beginning of November, and there are a lot of fun things happening! It will take a few days to get all of the classes uploaded into the events calendar, but for now, the list is below.
We have an early registration special for TODAY ONLY: register for a class today and get 15% off the fee! You have until 10:00 tonight, since it’s Night Market night in Walkerville and we’ll be keeping the shop open late. If you can’t make it into the shop today to sign up but want to take advantage of the special price, you can e-transfer the 30% deposit (that’s 30% of the regular course price) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose this option, don’t forget to send us your name and contact information in a separate email.
Materials are included for the printmaking and bookbinding classes, and HST applies.
September 9 & 16: Lino block printing, 7-9pm :: $45
September 10: Monoprints, 6-9pm :: $40
September 14 & 21: Bookbinding: Hard cover stab (Japanese), 7-9pm :: $50
September 17: Bookbinding: Longstitch, 6-9pm :: $50
September 23, 30, and October 7: Calligraphy, 7-9pm :: $60
September 24: Block printing on fabric, 6-9pm :: $40
October 3-4, join us for the Windsor Essex Studio Tour, where we’ll have printing, pottery, and knitting events happening all weekend. It’s free!
October 6: Bookbinding: Coptic, 6:30-9:30pm :: $50
October 8, 15, & 22: Reductive woodcut, 6-9pm :: $90
October 13 & 20: Letterpress cards, 6:30-9:30pm :: $60
*October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1: we will be offering the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild 6-day course, Bookbinding 1, with master bookbinder Dan Mezza. This course is administered by CBBAG and the discount offer does not apply. This is an intensive course that is rarely offered in our area. More information will be posted soon but in the meantime, feel free to call us for details!*
November 2 & 9: Two-colour screenprints, 6:30-9:30pm :: $60