Zzisterhood is Powerful!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our annual fundraiser. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We raised the funds to keep Zz School afloat for another year and this means the world to us. We have an ambitious Fall 2016 calendar including a Zz School classroom takeover at UMKC in partnership with KC Zine Con on September 10, our Fall Sympozium, and two workshops! Join us. Enrollment is open.

Have a good summer and see you in August! 

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Erin Z.


Spring Sympozium: Collecting, Collectors, the Afterlife, and MORE!

The first Zz School Sympozium was a huge success.  Thanks to all who participated, presented, and to all those in attendance! In organizing these bi-annual events we aim to feature Kansas Citians doing great things. We want to talk shop about our city and do so in a fun weird stage set!  We're already planning content and set design for the Fall Sympozium to be held in October.  If you have any ideas or want to help, contact Erin or Asa.  

Our 2016 Spring Sympozium featured:
an exhibition of personal collections by

a conversation with ANITA DIXON
Executive Director of The Mutual Musicians Foundation

a performance by artist DONUT

~ PLUS ~

the world premiere of
by puppeteer Kraig Kensinger
Resident Puppeteer at The Puppetry Arts Institute

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In Sisterhood,
Erin Z.

Last Week at Zz School

November classes are sold out and the shop build is still underway.  Zz School is one electrical modification away from being semi-functional.  When I bought the C&P this summer, I was excited but nervous to own a machine so large, especially a model that I have little experience operating.  I am now, but not forever, a letterpress amateur and proud of it.   

A "printmaker" since my sophomore year of college in 1999, in my past, I have at times felt intimidated by the technical knowledge and experience of others.  In this field, "shop talk" is often a part of everyday conversation. I am sure I am not alone as I recall the many many times that I have been under-qualified as fellow printmakers describe this or that. For those of you who are not printmakers, sometimes it is exactly like when people talk about obscure bands or rare movies. :)

As a teacher, part of my philosophy is about honesty and the sharing of information as humbly and democratically as possible. I do not aim to intimidate anyone and I love to learn from individuals who share knowledge without the airs of a pedestal. In the classroom, when my students explain techniques to me or the class that I am unfamiliar, I am happy to give them that space.

The letterpress world can be exclusive. In the past two months of owning my C&P, I have already had three conversations in which rudimentary printmaking concepts were explained to me in slow speech over the phone. (No one local, thanks Kansas City!) It is something I have humor toward.  (To be fair one of these man-splainers was a WOman-splainer, my favorite type, but still irritating.) As letterpress equipment and tools become more and more trendy and collectible as non-functional display items, I do understand this pretension.  That thick shell grows on letterpress enthusiasts as more type cases are covered with chalkboard paint and filled with knickknacks. 

This week at Zz School we moved my Chandler and Price from one part of the shop to another. This 1200-1500 pound machine needed to be lifted onto skids, attached, and then lifted into skates and then pushed about 80 feet into the next room.  All week I was losing sleep, irrationally imagining the machine tipping over onto my intern. Luckily, I had five generous individuals help me to safely get this job done in just under three hours.  The press rolled into the next room and my friends patiently adjusted the position, at my request "a centimeter to the right."  It feels cliche to mention, but this triumph made me feel like a true printmaker, even more so than my master degree.

       In Sisterhood,


Kansas City's Tiniest Letterpress Shop... coming right up!

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that we are kickin' things up a notch with the purchase of our own equipment!  We bought a Chandler & Price platen press (made possible by a generous artist grant from REACH.)  We have set to work building a letterpress teaching facility right in the heart of KC at Vacant Farm.  This means - beginning in October - Zz School will hold classes in two locations.  Here is a before pic!

Enrollment for Fall 2015 opens AUGUST 15! 

Zz School Fan Club T-Shirt Printing Party!

Dear Everyone,

The first Fan Club T-shirt Printing Party was a hit! We would like to extend a special thanks to each and every one of you who attended the event or donated online!  Spring classes start on April 13 and we made our fundraising goal.  This means we can pay our instructors a competitive wage and keep shop access as cheap as we possibly can for Zz participants!

In Sisterhood,
Erin Zona

New York, New York!

Last month, I traveled to New York to speak on a panel at the College Art Association Conference about Zz School!  The discussion was organized by Jon Swindler, Associate Professor at Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA and I was joined by Corrie Slawson, Grants Manager and Archivist at Zygote Press in Cleveland.  I was honored to be included and learned so much from the experience!  

I also had an inspirational visit to the Lesbian Herstory Archives and spent some serious time at The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago!  More and more cool projects to come! Stay tuned!

In Sisterhood,
Erin Zona