APA Wayzgoose: Printer Fun in St. Louis!

Til we meet again St. Louis. What a fabulous time with old and new #letterpress friends. #apawayzgoose2016

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For those following my Instagram account, you may have seen that I packed my pica pole and headed south to St. Louis for the Amalgamated Printer’s Association’s Wayzgoose back in June. The Firecracker Press and Central Print were great hosts and I had a blast catching up with old and new printer friends.

Learning about die cutting today. #letterpress #apawayzgoose2016 #stlprintweek

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I took a workshop on specialty techniques including embossing, foil stamping, and die-cutting. I already do a bit of embossing and foil stamping at the studio, but die-cutting was a fun new technique I’m hoping to include in the near future.

St. Louis Print Week

There were lectures from Esther K. Smith from Purgatory Pie Press and sneak peeks at Pressing On: the Letterpress Film.

Firecracker Press

We also were able to tour Central Print and Firecracker Press (one of their locations pictured above), along with a few shops around St. Louis including this beauty at Red Roses Press (pictured below).

And the star of the Red Roses Press: the Golding Rotary Press. #letterpress #apawayzgoose2016

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We also stopped at the City Museum for a bit of fun and to check out their wall of old letterpress advertising cuts.

City Museum

Overall it was a fantastic time in St. Louis and I’m already hoping to head to the next APA Wayzgoose next year.