About Limner Press and Wendy Shaft
Get to know Limner Press
I am printmaker and mixed media artist who uses paper and textiles.
I am from mid-Michigan, raised by parents who were second career public school teachers. Their enthusiastic observation of the natural world during travel adventures left a lasting impression. I decided to study the sciences in college which lead me to a job on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline.
After that adventure, I tried living in Denver but returned Anchorage. I decided I didn’t want a career that could not include having a dog!!! I discovered I was more interested in art than geology eventually adding a Bachelor of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, with an emphasis on book arts which encompassed printmaking, papermaking and drawing.
I had returned to college at Anchorage Community College then University of Alaska, Anchorage. During this time, I met Don Bixler, a third-generation printer, where we were both employed.
Don started printing on a hand-fed letterpress when he was 12 in his father’s printshop in Rolla, Missouri. Gradually hand-set type was replaced by photo generated type and off-set printing. He became a master of all print shop operations: pre-press, dark room systems, printing, bindery.
We were married later the same year. Don was instrumental in helping me realize my dream of finishing my art degree at “California College of Arts and Crafts” (now CCA).
Don’s expertise in letterpress printing and I, with my love of printmaking, started the Wendy Shaft Block Printed Images, a fine letterpress printed card line, which is now retired. During those years Don also applied his amazing hand-set type design and printing skills to publishing poetry chap books and broadsides.
We relocated to Williamston, Michigan so Dorothy Shaft could age in place. We continue to live happily in this community near Michigan State University.
Our continuing mission of keeping letterpress printing alive with relief printed art and hand set type is an exciting work in progress.