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Alumni Excels at Roadworks Printing Festival by Meri Brin

Each year, the San Francisco Center for the Book hosts the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Artists, Printmakers, Book Artists and enthusiasts all come together to visit with vendors, play with equipment, make pieces of art at do-it-yourself tables, and watch as a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller prints 3 foot by 3 foot large hand-carved linoleum blocks. This was the 12th year of the event, and quite a few of the Academy of Art’s alumni were there participating and celebrating. 

Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

MFA Printmaking Alumni Leah Jachimowicz, owner of Coffee n Cream Press, is a one-woman printmaking powerhouse. Leah designs and prints greeting cards and artwork. She also enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations. Leah participates in many street fairs and art events around San Francisco, selling her unique designs directly to art lovers. She also has over a dozen stores in California, and even one in Louisiana, that stock and sell her cards. Leah enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations

 

Ryan Vicente

Ryan Vicente

Ryan Vicente’s print.

Ryan Vicente’s print.

This year BFA Printmaking Alumni Ryan Vicente agreed to carve of Steamroller’s large scale linoleum blocks. He transferred his drawing to the “battleship” linoleum, then spent about a week of long days and evenings carving the image into the block. Ryan proofed the block in small sections as he was carving it in his studio, but had to wait until the day of the event to see the whole image. Using the surface of the street as the press bed, a team of San Francisco Center for the Book volunteers inked up the block, laid it on the ground in a designated spot, and watched as the steamroller ran over it, transferring the ink from the block to the paper that was laid on top. The prints, once dry, are then available to purchase through San Francisco Center for the Book. If you missed this exciting event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Steamroller! 

The steamroller.

The steamroller.

Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

The final print.

The final print.