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.

Itinerant Printer Logo

I am thrilled to announce  that Caveworks Press is going to be on the itinerary for a tour of letterpress print shops all over the US and venturing into Canada. Chris Fritton, tramp printer, will be in the Midwest in Spring 2016. I have some neat plans that I will be doing my best to put into place. Find out more at the website and sign up to follow along with blog posts and pictures of travel and letterpress shops!  The Itinerant Printer


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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