The WePress Collective

Michael Clague

Michael Clague (C.M.) from 1996 to 2005 Michael was director of a City of Vancouver facility, the Carnegie Community Centre. It was during this period that he learned about the power of the arts for building community, and community arts activity became the focal point of his tenure at Carnegie.

Michael’s first experience in printing and publishing was in launching “The Saturday News” (Canada’s Smallest Newspaper) on a gelatin pad in his Vancouver neighbourhood in 1950 (1 cent a copy – same for ads).

Currently Michael is Past President of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and is supporting the development of the Community Arts Fund whose first priority is the Downtown Eastside. Michael was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2008.
Very special thanks to the numerous volunteers that have also helped with the project so far! We are indebted to your kindness and want you to know how much your positivity has helped us move forward.

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 taiko drummer (Japanese “big drum”), crafter/sewist and community-builder. She is a member of Sawagi Taiko (first all-women taiko group in Canada) and on the board of the Vancouver Taiko Society. She has her roots in community-building in grassroots HIV/AIDS activism in Toronto, and is now active in the community arts scene in Vancouver. She believes in the power of art-making to bring people together and to create possibilities of what the world can be.

Helen holds a PhD in Sociology from SFU and currently freelances as a medical writer and dissertation consultant for graduate students.

Cara Seccafien

Cara Seccafien has contributed to several organizations in Vancouver and Edmonton as an artist, designer, and administrator. Most recently she has been involved with Powell Street Festival Society, Gallery Gachet, and The Other Press in addition to WePress.

She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and has since pursued artist residencies at Malaspina Printmaker’s Society in Vancouver and Paul Art Space in Missouri.

Kathy Shimizu

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kathy Shimizu is a sansei (3rd generation Japanese Canadian), and a graphic designer and artist who has lived in Vancouver for many years, with a 5-year hiatus in Philadelphia. She received 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 in a variety of volunteer roles for the Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS), Asian Americans United, and the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association.

She has organized art exhibits and events, and has helped lead printmaking and other art workshops. Most recently, her work with the PSFS’ Advocacy & Outreach Committee has included helping to organize and lead art workshops at the Oppenheimer Park Fieldhouse, Carnegie Community Centre, Maclean Park (for Strathcona Community Centre), at Homeground Festival (Winter Festival for Homeless and Under-Housed People held in Oppenheimer Park), and for the Revitalizing Japantown? Research Project. She was a member of Katari Taiko for many years, and is currently a member of Sawagi Taiko.

Michèle Smith

Michèle Smith is assistant curator and project editor at Presentation House Gallery, and also directs DIM Cinema, the monthly series of moving image and experimental film at The Cinematheque. She previously worked at Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum, London. Her own work has been exhibited and screened in Canada and abroad.

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.