Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Steph Rue & Deconstructed Artichoke Press

Papermaking demos, handmade paper, bookbinding kits, cards, prints, and artist books!

Steph Rue will be offering papermaking demos and will also have some of her handmade paper, artist books, and prints for sale. Along with bookbinding demos of the pamphlet stitch, Nikki Thompson (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press) will have bookbinding kits, cards, prints, and artist books for purchase.

Nikki Thompson is a book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press), poet, and happily failed architect. She fled Southern California for UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in architecture and remained in the Bay Area to earn her MFA in creative writing and book arts from California College of the Arts in 2002. Her award-winning art explores architecture, feminism, and the politics of work through the mixed media of bookmaking, printmaking, and photography. She currently resides in Sacramento, California, with her husband and daughter.

Steph Rue is a book artist and papermaker. She received her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2015. She studied traditional Korean book and papermaking on a Fulbright to Korea in 2015-2016 (she kept a journal here). Steph currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband Daniel and one-year-old daughter Winnie.

The 12th Annual Curtis Fest will feature over 75 local artisans under the beautiful canopy of trees at Curtis Park. Artists and makers include painters, sculptors, textile artists, and wood workers. Live music, food trucks, a petting zoo, children’s fairy and a pet refreshment station makes this a great way to finish out the summer.

This free event is open to the public and followed by Music the Park from 6-8pm. Don’t forget a picnic blanket and chairs to sit on while you watch the musicians or eat your food truck tasties from Culinerdy Cruzer, Kados Asian Grill, Masa Guiseria, and Cowtown Creamery.

Thank our sponsors for their support!
Renewal by Andersen and Grateful Dog Daycare.


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