To meet the Japanese American artist behind Seattle’s “From Hiroshima to Hope” posters, you need to travel to a castle in Tacoma: the Tillicum Building, designed in 1929, shaped like a castle from the outside. Once you arrive, expect a cheerful studio and shop full of natural light, boxes and boxes of brightly colored letterpress cards and envelopes, intricately carved woodblocks leaning against the windows, and even several small birds who twitter happily in their cages.
On December 11, 2015 The Arts & Crafts Press was featured on the Celebration episode of PBS's national show Craft in America.
Last winter, the Craft in America team visited the shop and followed Yoshiko as she took our newest card, Winter Cardinals, from initial sketches, to carving, and finally to print production.
Also featured on the episode is Motawi Tile, and the making of their Winter Cardinals tile based off of Yoshiko's card design.
Watch the full episode now at the Craft In America website.
We are excited to share that The Arts & Crafts Press was featured in the Arts & Crafts Profile Issue 86 of American Bungalow Magazine. Written by Rebecca Treon, the article covers our history, process and ideals.
"During the past two decades, Yoshiko Yamamoto had drawn on the world around her to find inspiration for linoleum cut, woodblock prints, and letterpress designs at her company, The Arts & Crafts Press. The company (run with husband Bruce Smith) started out in California and now calls Tacoma, Wash., home, where the natural beauty of the Northwest captures Yoshiko's sensibilities. The Arts & Crafts Press is approaching its 20th anniversary, though it draws on a much longer history in both influence and process."