A traditional wayzgoose /ˈweɪzˌɡuːs/ was an annual celebration hosted by a master printer to his workmen at the end of August. It marked the end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a printing workshop or the printers on a newspaper.
A modern day Wayzgoose is a community event for artists and printers to come together and celebrate their love of all things inky. It is also an opportunity for these artists to showcase their craft for the public.
In August of 2018, we are planning our own printer’s festival in Bremerton, WA. The event would be divided into two different experiences. The first is a week-long exposition throughout Kitsap County for ink blooded individuals and professional printmakers to learn new skills and hone their craft. The second part is a two-day arts festival in the streets. We’re talking steamroller printing, fresh fish prints, artists and art vendors, fantastic local food and music, and a chance to share this experience with the Kitsap community.
Why a Wayzgoose?
By its very nature, printmaking forces you to slow down. There is a calculated rhythm that forces the artist to reflect on how they are communicating. Each letter is meticulously set into place, each design carved with intention, aligned, inked, pressed into paper, and set aside to dry. We believe that the time and process required to create beautiful art is also important in helping to develop a strong community. Listening and learning from master printers. Being patient and bold with your statements. Holding something in your hands that you created. All of these reasons and many more are why we think a Wayzgoose is a perfect way to celebrate.
A little bit about us.
Our group is comprised of local artists, entrepreneurs, and working professionals that all live in Kitsap County, Washington. We see this Wayzgoose as an opportunity to meet and commend the extraordinary talent in our community and we want you to be a part of that. If you would like more information on how you can be involved feel free to reach out on social media @wayzgoosekitsap, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be posting new updates here fairly regularly, so check back often.