Roadworks 2021

SFCB's 18th annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival took place on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 11am–4pm.


SFCB would like to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, supported, and purchased Classic and Personal Prints at this year's 18th annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival! It was wonderful to see longtime friends and new-to-SFCB faces in the crowd.

SFCB would also like to thank this year's Roadworks sponsors: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Chronicle Books, The Kahle Austin Foundation, and Arch Art Supplies. We are indebted to this year's crew of superstar volunteers, instructors, and print team; many hands make Roadworks happen and we are incredibly fortunate to have some of the -best!- volunteers!

You can read all about this year's event over at This Is Colossal: At the Annual Roadworks Festival, a 7-Ton Steamroller Prints Linocuts in San Francisco’s Streets

About Steamroller Printing

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 facet 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  -- provided by Roots of Motive Power - combined with the road surface of Rhode Island Street as an enormous 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.

The resulting "Featured Artists Roadworks" prints are then sold for $500 (3'x3') 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, attracts art, printmaking, and book art enthusiasts of all ages, including adults and kids, from far and wide.

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.

This years' Classic Prints artists are:

 Katherine Case :: Annie Galvin & Erik Rewitzer :: Danguole Kuolas :: Rik Olson :: Michelle Wilson

Personal Prints artists:

Kaitlin Aguilar :: Kelly Autumn :: Peter Baczek :: Erica Barajas :: Gregory Both :: Tanya Both :: Anna Branning :: Donna Brown :: Jose Ramirez Calamateo :: Jennifer Evans :: Sarah Fama :: Lori Foster ::  Hand Book Binders of CA :: Merilee Hepler :: Li Jiang :: John Kulikoff :: Margarita Marfori :: Mary Mortimer :: Alisa Nacimento :: Jeni Paltiel :: Taylor Ridgway :: Gino Robair ::  Joshua Rutherford :: Kush Shah :: Toru Sugita :: Bibi Summer :: Jesus Treviño :: Peter Warren :: @Youngchrisgirl

SFCB would like to thank the sponsors of our 18th annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival: