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Pressing Onward with Partners in Print

with Northwest Chapter, Guild of Book Workers
Saturday, March 16, 2024
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Meet the printers behind the programs

The Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers presents a panel discussion with some of the leading women behind Partners in Print (PiP), the new / old letterpress community based in Seattle that amplifies voices with paper and ink. Chaya Keefe, Bonnie Thompson Norman, and Jenny Wilkson will talk about the PiP programs that mean the most to them and leave plenty of time for lively discussion. 

About the panelists

Chaya Keefe is the current Partners in Print (PiP) Leadership Team Chair. After dropping many hints to her family, Chaya Keefe received her first letterpress class at SVC as a Christmas present in 2016, and it has been the gift that keeps on giving. Having no formal art background, she has enjoyed learning about color, shape, text and layout in the print shop under the wings of this skilled and caring community. As a consultant with independent schools, Chaya appreciates being able to apply her affinity for strategy and big-picture thinking to an organization that means so much to her. She is happy to be part of the PiP village and hopes her small efforts make it possible for more people to become enchanted by the whirr of the press and the joys of getting inky…at any age.

Bonnie Thompson Norman has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio in Seattle, Washington, since 1978. She worked as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery, Puget Bindery, for nearly twenty years. Evenings and weekends, she teaches classes in printing and bookmaking. Bonnie has been a huge asset and mentor with bookbinding for PiP’s Words of Courage portfolios.

Jenny Wilkson oversaw the operations, curriculum and community outreach of the letterpress department at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC), Seattle, as its founder and director. In response to the impacts of COVID-19, she helped to evolve that program into Partners in Print. Being thrust into non-profit leadership by a global pandemic has some advantages—PiP (and its kickass leadership team) allows Jenny to continue to run community programs that amplify voices like Words of Courage, and she gets great satisfaction from connecting letterpress artists with a global audience through Long-Distance Letterpress classes and Print Futures.