Yoshiko Yamamoto is the founder and the proprietor of the Arts & Crafts Press. Born and raised in Tokyo, Yoshiko's love of printmaking began early. As a teenager, her favorite pastime was to wander through the old dusty bookshops and print shops, collecting the traditional Japanese woodblock prints. After graduating from UC Berkeley in history and music and while working as freelance writer, she and her husband, Bruce Smith, founded the Arts & Crafts Press in 1996.
As a blockprint and watercolor artist, Yoshiko has created numerous landscape and botanical prints and over 250 letterpress greeting cards. Her commissions include the projects for Disney Grand Californian Hotel, the Gamble House National Historic Register, and Patagonia Books, to name a few.
When Yoshiko is not in the studio making prints, she’s often found in her garden, digging, planting, and feeding the wild birds that frequent her garden.
Bruce Smith is the co-founder and co-proprietor of the Arts & Crafts Press.
A writer of architectural history and food by trade, Bruce has lead many colorful lives, including managing a restaurant in downtown Tokyo and in Santa Barbara, CA, volunteering as a legal counsel to immigrants, to organizing a peace ceremony “From Hiroshima to Hope” in Seattle, Washington. A complete foodie, Bruce is always experimenting with a new recipe. He currently divide his time between Tacoma, WA and Tokyo, enjoying his time writing, exploring, and eating his way through Tokyo.
Hailing from the rainy Pacific Northwest, Taylor Cox is a letterpress printer, book binder and proprietor of all things hand made. She runs Coxswain Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio out of her home in Tacoma, WA.
Molly is a PLU graduate ('18) from Chehalis, WA. She is happily pursuing her passion of printmaking and letterpress printing, working both here at The Arts & Crafts Press and in Seattle at Constellation and Co. If she's not at either shop, she is busy printing for herself as Kenniscott Press.
Gabby runs her own bindery, Bound by Cooksey where she creates design bindings as well as artist books. She is also a studio assistant to Don Glaister, Suzanne Moore, and Jessica Spring.
While Mac only comes to the shop once a week with his mom, Gabby, he works hard at sleeping in different locations around the studio and defending the shop from from the "scary" vacuum cleaner when it comes time to clean. He will happily greet you at the door when the bell chimes.
Our two little zebra finches, Armeno and Beeper spend their days happily chirping away, taking bird baths, and lazily snoozing, curled up next to each other on one of their branches.