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 SUMMER 2018

In Production: Artist’s Book, 53 Lines

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Maintenance Ends Press to produce an artist’s book based on an excerpt from a novel coming out this fall. It’s an unusual partnership of a press and a book artist and its wholly due to publisher Todd Kimm’s vision and indirectly, Ice Cube Press, of which Maintenance Ends Press is an offshoot. To stay updated for a release date, a possible launch party and in process posts, please join our mailing list at the sidebar to the right. And for pre-orders, visit

From the press release:

This limited edition of 75, entitled 53 Lines, comes out in advance of the novel Voices after Evelyn by Rick Harsch (Fall 2018 Maintenance Ends Press) and excerpts a portion of the text from the first appearance in the novel of the Chorus voice. The novel seeks not so much to dig up a cold case–the 1953 disappearance of La Crosse, Wis, babysitter Evelyn Hartley–as re-open its heart. In 53 Lines, the viewer is invited to explore the mystery of Evelyn’s disappearance through the book’s unique structure, called a tetra tetra flexagon. As the viewer moves though the unfoldings, recombinations and separations of images occur.


Evelyn, fingering her

Indian bead belt,

impotent talisman

against the pulmonic

dark moving

outside the windows

Download the full Press Release

New Impressions 2018

We are honored to announce that our print “Ephemera No.1” was chosen for the annual New Impressions 2018 exhibition at Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

Julie Russell-Steuart print at New Impressions

From the Hamilton Wood Type museum website

This is the fourth year for this juried exhibition. The work is on display at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin April 17-June 30, 2018 with a gallery reception on Saturday, June 16 from 5-7 pm. There will be work on display from 44 artists in 9 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Argentina, Austria, Norway, Brazil and Italy.

On June 16 we will also have the Hamilton Open House from 1-5 pm, so join us for a fun day of printing and type demonstrations.

 View the entire catalog with all amazing prints here ISSUE



New Impressions 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the print “Pluto Flyby” was chosen for the exhibition, “New Impressions 2017” at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

From their website:

New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing. The exhibition is on display at the museum from April 15-June 30, 2017.

I’m proud and humbled to be sharing space with some letterpress greats. See the full catalog with all the terrific work below.


Handy Books

Julie Russell-Steuart was selected to create a work for “Handy Books” at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in early fall.

Exhibit Dates: August 20 – September 15, UI Center for the Book Merker Gallery

September 15 – November 1, UI Special Collections, Main Library

The premise of the exhibition from the description:

An exhibit drawing upon ‘handy’ books held in University of Iowa Special Collections as inspiration for new works of book art. The curators will choose a book for each participant to work with and respond to. Our theme is handiness: books that engage not just the eye, but invite the reader to engage their hands in the use of the book—fold outs, volvelles, flaps, tabs, slices, popups, embossing, debossing, cut-outs, soft cloth.
Or books where handling transforms the individual copy over time: not only through ordinary use and wear, but also through intimate forms of bookish passion—such as the use of books as devotional objects, in which gilding might be kissed away by a prayerful reader—and bookish violence, in book burning, cutting, and breaking. Conservation practices are also of interest as forms of handling that alter the book’s physical structure and even its contents.

Black Boy by Jordan Franklin printed at Caveworks Press

“Black Boy” – Jordan Franklin


The broadside “Black Boy” by Jordan Franklin has been completed by Caveworks Press and is awaiting the poet’s signature. In the meantime, an image of the artist’s proof, while not the most gorgeous of the copies, does preview it. Jordan Franklin is the winner of the James Hearst Poetry Prize, given annually by the North American Review. We are happy to continue our partnership with the NAR in producing the second one. I will be guest blogging over at NAR Blog about the process of making this and the related topic of protest printing. To catch this when it happens, be sure to sign up for the Occasional Newsletter on the right sidebar.




New Work: A poetry broadside of Martín Espada’s poem, “How We Could Have Lived or Died This Way.” Recently produced as a joint project between Caveworks Press and the North American Review.

While the prints are being signed by the poet and photographs are yet to come, I have shared a little of the process here.

Martín's name cast in hot metal.

Martín’s name cast in hot metal.


Caveworks Press is also producing a poetry broadside for the North American Review’s  2016 James Hearst Poetry Prize. The winner is Rebecca Foust with “Iconostasis.” This project features a variety of printmaking techniques and includes collograph, lino cut, wood engraving, and hand-set type.

"Iconostasis" Part of the illustration is a lino cut by Julie Russell-Steuart.

“Iconostasis” Part of the illustration is a lino cut by Julie Russell-Steuart.



I would like to announce a book project  in progress: a short piece called The Shadow Affair. Whether you call it flash fiction or a prose poem, its length, 16 pages, and the fact that it is written and illustrated by myself means I’m going to call it an artist’s book. More on this project here.

FALL 2013

A new box enclosure for Throwaway was made for the show EcoEditions at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon, open until December 28, 2013. Click this link to see our catalog page, Throwaway at 23 Sandy.Here’s a description of the show from 23 Sandy Gallery website:

EcoEditions – November 15 – December 28, 2013

EcoEditions is an international, juried exhibition featuring book artists acting as stewards of the earth to report on the state of our environment, ecology, sustainability, pollution, climate, recycling and our planet in general. This exhibition showcases 42 unique and limited edition artist books, sculptural bookworks and more by 38 artists from around the world, including China, Australia, the UK and Canada. I’m absolutely thrilled to be included in EcoEditions.

Artist’s Book, Throwaway continued to travel around the country in different exhibitions. North Adams, Massachusetts was home to exhibition, The Politics of _______________ August 29-September 22 at PRESS: letterPRESS as a Public Art Project.

the-politics-of_____ show

Summer 2013 What a whirlwind summer! Caveworks expanded their capabilities by embarking on a job illustrating children’s English tutoring books by a Japanese publisher, PalKids. When that’s all done, I’ll be sure to post some images.


Spring 2013

Happy to report…. Throwaway accepted into Artists’ Book Cornucopia IV April 19 – June 8 Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO.

See Blog Post here.



New Artist’s Book: Throwaway

THROWAWAY by Julie Russell-Steuart closed book

FALL 2012

We will be at City Hall in Reinbeck, Iowa from 5-8pm for Miracle on Mainon November 9th, with a table of artsy gifts like letterpress prints, pocket-books, and notepads. Businesses, I would love it if you  stopped by to talk about your graphic design needs.


Summer 2012

Keychain Books-Julie Russell-Steuar

Caveworks Press & Studios was an exhibitor at Artapalooza in Cedar Falls, Iowa. New letterpress prints and keychain books were some of the items for sale. The upcoming Reinbeck Art Festival (September 22, 2012) will also feature us. Please see this postfor the goods on that.


  Caveworks Press is one of 100 printers featured in the book  The Vandercook 100. We’re really excited about this and hope you will check out the link. Here’s what the publisher says about it:

” The Vandercook 100 celebrates 100 years of printing on the Vandercook proof press (19091-2009) and showcases 100 of today’s most significant letterpress printers using the Vandercook press. The selected printers are internationally respected teachers, practitioners, and designers recognized for their diversity of design and printing processes, their passion for letterpress and their love of the Vandercook proof press.”




December 2011

I’ve joined the international artist’s book collective exchange “Book Art Object.”  Small groups of artists make an edition and exchange them with each other. Meanwhile, the blog makes it easy to see how everyone’s work is progressing. It’s going to be enriching and bewitching  for the next year. I’ve made my intro to the group on the blog as a contributor. See link below. BOOK ART OBJECT BLOG


Julie Russell-Steuart. sketchbook for Throwaway

I’m starting to document the BookArtObject edition, Throwaway, that I am making. Follow along in the conceptualization and realization of an artist’s book. Click the link below:

SKETCHBOOK DAYS – Julie – Edition 4, Group 5



November 2011

CP Red Pepper side



Two of our book purses or “pocketbooks” are featured in a show of Altered Books at the Marshalltown Public LIbrary, 105 W. Boone Street, Marshalltown, Iowa until November 20.     September 2011 We are so excited that soon a new book will be out featuring our press profile as a Vandercook owner. Currently, The Vandercook 100 is in production. Updates as soon as we know anything.


2009 was the 100th birthday of the Vandercook press . Paul Moxon invited printers who own a Vandercook to create a print for a print exchange, or bundle. The number of printers was to be 100. The prints have been shown in various exhibits worldwide. Caveworks Press was thrilled to participate. See the entire Vandercook Centenary Gallery here here.

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