Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2016

Thank you for  coming  to and  participating in the  Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2016!


Save the date!   The next Roadworks  Steamroller Printing Festival  will be on Sunday, September 17, 2017!

About  the 2016 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival

Arts & Crafts Marketplace featuring the work of Printmakers, Book Artists, Artists & Craftspeople

Hands-on Printing, Bookbinding, and Book Arts & Crafts Activities

Printing, Bookbinding, and Book Arts & Crafts Demonstrations

Art Exhibits, Studio Tours & more!

Real Steamroller Printing using a seven-ton 1924 Buffalo-Springfield Coal Powered Steamroller provided and operated by the amazing team of steam enthusiasts from Roots of Motive Power.


Volunteers receive a Roadworks T-shirt, free beverages and snacks and our great appreciation.


If you are interested in being an esteemed sponsor of the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival in 2017, send an email to sends e-mail) to let us know and we will contact you with more information.

Roadworks  Arts & Crafts Marketplace Vendors

Savior Faire :: ArtSpan :: Graphic Arts Workshop ::  Litquake :: Boarding All Rows :: Rajit Phiosuwan Art :: Zyzzyva :: Neon Sprinkles Studio :: Do.Re.Mi Art & Design District :: Dependable Letterpress Inc. :: The Rhinocerous Project :: 3 Fish Studios :: posTTaska :: Talleres Populares 28 de Junio :: Coyote Bones Press :: joankarissa :: Left-Handed Hummingbird Press :: DandyLion Press :: Janet Arline Barker :: The Lords of Print :: Ann Miller :: M & H Type :: Bell'occhio :: Painted Tongue Press :: The Art of Cameron Forsley :: Savoir Faire :: Asuka Ohsawa :: Emily Payne :: Katherine Warinner :: Melissa West :: Nancy Mintz :: Rik Olson :: Roots of Motive Power :: and more!


The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 13th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and more.

With roots going back hundreds of years, relief printing -- a process where a protruding surface is inked and brought into contact with paper - is one of the oldest methods of printing illustrations in books.

During the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival we celebrate this interesting fact of book arts history in the biggest, over-the-top, spectacular way we can think of, by printing linocuts using a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller and linocuts using a 12-ton 1916 Kelly Springfield steamroller -- both provided by Roots of Motive Power - combined with the road surface of Rhode Island Street as a humongous makeshift printing press. In this way a team of featured artists, printers and steamroller operators create large-scale Featured Artist prints and smaller Personal Prints Artists prints, during the Festival.

See for yourself! Come to the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Admission is free. The resulting "Featured Artists Roadworks" prints are then sold for $500 and Roadworks "Roadworks 'Personal Prints' Artists'" prints are sold for $40 each as a fundraising activity to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book. Thank you in advance for your support!

The Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival has become a popular tradition in the Do.Re.Mi (Dogpatch-Potrero-Hill-Mission) Arts District of San Francisco, that attracts art, printmaking and book art enthusiasts of all ages, including adults and kids, from far and wide.

Featured   Artists

Each year San Francisco Center for the Book selects artists and invites them to be Featured Artists at Roadworks. These artists are provided with a 3' x 3' piece of "Battleship Linoleum" and are asked to create a linocut from it to be printed at the Festival. This year the steamroller printing of linocuts by these six artists are the central attraction of the event: Asuka Ohsawa, Emily Payne, Katherine Warinner, Melissa West, Nancy Mintz, and back for the 13th time Rik Olson, whose incredible Roadworks prints from the past 12 years line the walls of the Print Studio.

Roadworks "Personal Prints" Artists

New & super exciting this year: Roadworks "Personal Prints" Artists! This exciting program allows the first 30 people to sign-up with the opportunity to design and carve an Official Roadworks Personal Prints 9" x 12" piece of linoleum and have it printed by a real steam-powered steamroller at San Francisco Center for the Book's Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Roadworks "Personal Prints" by these artists will be available for sale at the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival for $40 each as a fundraising activity to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book. Thank you in advance for your support!

This year, the Roadworks "Personal Prints" Artists include:

Anita Tran :: Anna Branning :: Carolyn M Votaw :: Chad Jones :: Charlene Betts-Ng Colleen Dwire :: Elizabeth Mitten :: Gillian Ashenfelter :: Janet Livingston :: Jeni Paltiel :: Sunnyside Elementary 4th Grade :: John Kulikoff :: Jose Ramirez Calamateo :: Karl Roeseler :: Kate Walker :: Katie Nealon :: Lian Ng :: Lippy :: Lisa Bigeleisen :: Lise Currie :: Mandy Collins :: Michael Ferguson :: Nina Zeininger :: Rachael Schafer :: Sarahjane Bernhisel :: Teresa Mak :: Tanya F. Both :: Xiaoxiao Li 

All Roadworks "Personal Prints" slots for 2016 are now full. Watch for the next Roadworks "Personal Prints" Call For Artists to be posted in summer 2017.


For their generous support of San Francisco Center for the Book, we acknowledge Kahle Austin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Voluntary Contribution Tax Funds, and Anonymous.


Click here(link is external) to watch a Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival video put together by Gawker Media's popular design and technology blog, Gizmodo.