April 18, 2020, 10 AM to 3 PM
FREE event celebrating letterpress printing, book arts, printmaking, typography, ephemera, paper making, and allied arts. Exhibitor registration opens in January 2020.
The 2019 event was our largest-ever marketplace of FORTY-FIVE exhibitors, vendors and demos, offering letterpress printed cards, art prints, book arts, fine papers, ink, handset type, vintage books, jewelry, and ephemera, as well as printing presses, tools, supplies, and equipment.
Visitors young and old cranked our one-ton Hacker Test Press to print their own jumbo wood type posters. Other demos featured screen printing, hand typesetting, printing on table-top presses, gelli printing, and bookbinding.
Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, this event celebrates letterpress printing, typography, book arts, ephemera, fine paper, printmaking, and allied arts. Print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers new or old enjoyed the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors.
Shift-click on the image at right to download the Fair poster — share online and via social media.
Free Film Screening of Los Ultimos (Endless Letterpress)
As part of the festivities, the San Jose Printers’ Guild and the SJSU Art Department will be co-hosting a free film screening of Los Ultimos (Endless Letterpress), a documentary on the fate of letterpress with the advance of new technologies. It will take place Tuesday April 14, 2020 at 7:30pm. Register here for free tickets.
2020 S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose
Event Date: April 18, 2020
Event Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Event Location: History Park, 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112
Activities running throughout the day include:
Letterpress Demonstrations & Shop Tours: Museum Print Shop
San Jose Printers’ Guild members will help visitors print keepsakes on several vintage presses from handset wood and metal type, and lead tours of a 1900s era print shop.
Letterpress Printers’ Market & Shopping Letterpress Supplies and Printed Goods, Book Arts, etc.: Exhibitors will be offering letterpress printed goods, artist books, fine papers, ink, handset type, and reference materials, as well as printing presses, tools, and equipment for printing and related crafts.
Exhibitors and featured artists and craftsmen will demonstrate the skills related to printing and book arts, and show visitors how to set type and impress ink onto paper. Demonstrations include hand papermaking, linocut and woodblock printing, and hand-setting metal type to print on a tabletop press. Visitors can print their own poster from wood type courtesy of the San Jose Printers’ Guild. Don’t forget to ride the historic trolley for free!
Food and Drink
Lunch will be available from a food truck on the grounds. Cold drinks and frozen treats will be available at O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor in the Pacific Hotel.
Location, Parking and Admission
Admission is free!
History Park is located at 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95112
Park for free on local streets or use the San Jose city parking lot on Phelan Ave. for $6.
Directions: Exit Highway 280 at 10th St., then go south on 10th., left on Keyes St., right on Senter Rd., left on Phelan Ave. History San Jose is ahead on left; visitor parking lot ($6) is straight ahead at end of Phelan Ave.
For more information about the event, contact email@example.com.
- 3 L’s Linda’s Little Library
- Ace Embossing and Graphics
- Anastasia Itkina
- Bay Area Book Artists (BABA)
- Boarding All Rows
- Bryan Kring
- Clever Hands
- Crown Flexo Graphics
- Devil’s Tail Press
- Dorit Elisha
- Dutch Poet Press
- Edward Rooks
- Every Trick in the Book
- Fly By Night Books & Gifts
- Fresh Pressed Print Maker’s Guild
- History San Jose
- The Honeycomb Press
- Ink in Tubes
- Iota Press
- Kennedy Prints
- Kit Davey
- Kristi Conley
- Krucial Printing
- Lyn Dillin
- M&H Type
- Moore Wood Type
- Matilda Prints
- North Bay Letterpress Arts
- Object: Found
- The Paper Crane
- Patrick Reagh Printers
- Picky Pockets Press
- Pillowface Press
- Ramco Rollers
- Rhinoceros Project
- Rayos Magos
- San Jose Printers’ Guild
- Skyline Type Foundry LLC
- Studio 551 at University House
- Turtlesilk Press
- Wikiup Press
Thanks to these sponsors who donated goods to support this event: