The WePress Collective

aly de la cruz yip

aly de la cruz yip is a queer multi-disciplinary artist of mixed chinese and filipinx ancestry. their work explores gender chaos, chronic illness, diasporic feels, and [intergenerational] trauma. aly is committed to centring and amplifying the voices of marginalized people, recognizing wholeness, on this stolen land.

Linda Uyehara Hoffman

Linda Uyehara Hoffman completed an apprenticeship in typesetting at Vancouver Community College, which included instruction in setting type for letterpress. She produced a number of cards as part of her training. She worked as a typesetter for Intermedia Press for 14 years beginning on a Compugraphic and ending on a Mac. As a marketing assistant at Vancouver New Music, she produced programs, posters and brochures.

She continues to be interested in typography and design and welcomes the opportunity to expand her knowledge of letterpress operations.

Helen Kang

Helen Kang is a sewist, drummer, community-builder, writer, and developmental evaluator. As a trained social scientist, Helen is interested in finding ways to support grassroots organizations through strategic communication and organizational storytelling that reflect the tangible and intangible impacts of community organizing and art-making. As a self-taught sewist she is interested in upcycling, using salvaged fabrics, and supporting independent pattern-makers to create wearable garments.

Luca Cara Seccafien

Luca Cara Seccafien is an artist, teacher, facilitator, and community builder living on the stolen ancestral territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Luca has had the honour of mentoring under veteran artists and activists at organizations in Vancouver and beyond including: Powell Street Festival, Gallery Gachet, Heart of the City Festival, Queer Arts Festival & Sum Gallery, and The Works Art & Design Festival.

Luca works with diverse media including printmaking, stop-motion, installation, drawing, and illustration. Often autobiographical in nature, their work is influenced by living in a queer, ill, femme body. Luca graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in printmaking.

Kathy Shimizu

Kathy Shimizu is a web & graphic designer, artist, and community organizer, receiving her Bachelor of Design degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr Institute in May 2005. In addition to her print and web design work, she has served a variety of roles for the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS), Asian Americans United, the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, the JC Community Building Project, and WePress. She has organized art exhibits and events, and has helped lead printmaking and other art workshops, including those for the PSFS’ Advocacy & Outreach Committee at the Oppenheimer Park Fieldhouse, Carnegie Community Centre, Maclean Park (for Strathcona Community Centre), HomeGround, Heart of the City Festival, and for the Right to Remain Research Project. She was a member of Katari Taiko for many years, and is currently a member of Sawagi Taiko.

Nina Yañez

Nina Yañez has worked as an artist using technology in design, architecture, and interactive work for nearly a decade. Following a period of rehabilitation, she’s attempting to use her experience to deconstruct and attack the male dominated culture surrounding technology. She believes in empowering artists, queers, women, and people of colour, to use technology in a way that demystifies patriarchal myths. However she’s mostly just a sensitive cat lady.