A “wayzgoose” was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional 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 works or the printers on a newspaper
As a homage to this tradition, The Seattle School of Visual Concepts holds an annual poster competition festival involving letterpress and a steamroller.
Twice, our team created a large, custom linoleum cut (3-foot-by-4-foot) inspired by that year’s theme that we then inked by hand with large rollers and pressed with the help of an asphalt steamroller. Each team has one hour to accomplish the task and awards were given at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Wayzgoose Steamroller Smackdown
Top: Wayzgoose Steamroller Smackdown entry (With FITCH) 2013. Bottom: Wayzgoose Steamroller Smackdown entry (With FITCH) 2014.