Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2019

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San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB)

375 Rhode Island Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Festival

The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 16th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and more.

Click here to watch a Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival video put together by Gawker Media's popular design and technology blog, Gizmodo.

About Steamroller Printing

With roots going back hundreds of years, relief printing -- a process where a protruding surface is inked and brought into contact with paper - is one of the oldest methods of printing illustrations in books.

During the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival we celebrate this facet of book arts history in the biggest, over-the-top, spectacular way we can think of, by printing linocuts using a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller -- provided by Roots of Motive Power - combined with the road surface of Rhode Island Street as an enormous makeshift printing press. In this way a team of featured artists, printers and steamroller operators create large-scale Featured Artist prints and smaller Personal Prints Artists prints, during the Festival.

See for yourself! Come to the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Admission is free.

The resulting "Featured Artists Roadworks" prints are then sold for $500 (3'x3') and Roadworks "Roadworks 'Personal Prints' Artists'" prints are sold for $40 each as a fundraising activity to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book. Thank you in advance for your support!

The Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival has become a popular tradition in the Do.Re.Mi (Dogpatch-Potrero-Hill-Mission) Arts District of San Francisco, that attracts art, printmaking and book art enthusiasts of all ages, including adults and kids, from far and wide.

Roadworks Featured Artists

Each year San Francisco Center for the Book selects artists and invites them to be Featured Artists at Roadworks. These artists are provided with a 3' x 3' piece of "Battleship Linoleum" and are asked to create a linocut from it to be printed at the Festival. This year the steamroller printing of linocuts by 4 artists are the central attraction of the event: Hannah Cousins :: Ann Miller :: Rik Olson :: Ralph Sanders

Roadworks "Personal Prints" Artists

This exciting program allows the first 50 people to sign-up with the opportunity to design and carve an Official Roadworks Personal Prints 9" x 12" piece of linoleum and have it printed by a real steam-powered steamroller at San Francisco Center for the Book's Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Roadworks "Personal Prints" by these artists will be available for sale at the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival for $40 each as a fundraising activity to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book. Thank you for your support!

Sign up to become a Personal Prints artist here...

This year's Personal Prints Artists include: Coming soon!


Volunteers receive a Roadworks T-shirt, free beverages and snacks and our great appreciation. Sign up link coming soon! If you can't wait to sign up, please send an email to


If you'd like to be a vendor, please fill out the Vendor application form, found here...

Special Guests

Since 2006, The Sketchbook Project at Brooklyn Art Library has been platform for creative people to share their story. From doodlers to professional illustrators, thousands of artists around the world have been connected through the project. With over 2 million spreads of individual artwork, The Sketchbook Project is a resource of global creativity, completely funded by participation. The Sketchbook Project is in California for a residency with the Bookmobile, which holds about 1,200 Vol. 14 sketchbooks, made by residents of California!


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2019 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, contact us at and be sure to put "2019 Roadworks - Sponsor" in the subject line of the email.

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