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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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
Our Letterpress Cards class that was to start tonight has been rescheduled to accommodate student requests, so you still have some time to join! It’s two sessions, which will take place two weeks apart on Wednesday evenings, August 19 and September 2. See the updated class listing for more details: LETTERPRESS CARDS link
Levigator Press is back from vacation and the shop is back to regular hours. We did a little bit of work while on vacation, and we’ve got a few more new classes to add for fall. Stay tuned for fun new projects and events, which we’ll tell you about later just as soon as we’ve caught up on everything we missed. Also, if you haven’t yet entered our contest by leaving a comment on our last post (click HERE), we’re giving you until Friday to do so, then we’ll announce a winner!
Levigator Press will be closed for summer vacation from Sunday, July 26 to Sunday, August 9, to recharge our batteries and get ready for fall classes and printing! We’ll be open this weekend for the Walkerville Art Walk & Rock event, though, so you still have time to get your Levigator Press fix before we head out.
Leave us a comment here and tell us what YOU’RE doing for summer vacation, and when we get back we’ll randomly choose one commenter to receive a free workshop (limited to locals) or a Levigator Press tote bag (for those who can’t get here for a class). Please be sure and tell us in your comment whether or not you are local, so we know which hat to throw your name into!
While we’re away, you can still register for any of the classes we have currently listed. We can accept your deposit via e-transfer or Paypal to secure your spot in a class! Find details at the bottom of each class listing. We’re already starting to sign people up, so it’s a good idea to get your name in there early. We don’t want you to miss out!