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Alumni Shine at Roadworks Printing Festival

In it’s 12th year, the event was a hit with artists and enthusiasts

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Leah Jachimowicz of Coffee n Cream Press. Photo 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 seven-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 Academy of Art University alumni were there participating and celebrating.

M.F.A. printmaking alumna Leah Jachimowicz, owner of Coffee n Cream Press, is a one-woman printmaking powerhouse. Jachimowicz designs and prints greeting cards and artwork. She also enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations. Jachimowicz 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.

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The steamroller. Photo by Meri Brin.

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Print by Ryan Vicente. Photo by Meri Brin.

This year, B.F.A. printmaking alumnus Ryan Vicente agreed to carve on Steamroller’s large scale linoleum blocks. He transferred his drawing to the “battleship” linoleum and then spent about a week of long days and evenings carving the image into the block. Vicente 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.