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Tuckamore Design is a very small handcrafted card and print company based in Buffalo, New York. I'm a Canadian transplant, originally from Newfoundland. I've been a printmaker for 15 years, almost as long as I've been an architect. I never formally studied art, but I've taken classes from a handful of amazing artists at Dundarave Print Workshop in Vancouver, BC, and NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I love paper, especially since I spend a lot of hours every day working on a computer for my other business, Design Synergies Architecture.

I also love to create handcrafted greeting cards for everyday and seasonal occasions. When the inspiration hits (and I have time), I make the occasional original print. Every piece is printed by hand or on an etching press.

In the early days, my prints and cards were featured at the Canadian Craft Museum, the Craft Association of British Columbia shop, and various exhibits in Vancouver and Halifax. My cards have been sold in shops in the Maritime Provinces, Buffalo, NY, and most recently in Martinsburg, West Virginia! Through my Etsy site, my cards have been sent all over the world.

My work is influenced by Celtic and Art Nouveau design, by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and by the Arts & Crafts movement. I found inspiration for several years in my front porch container garden in the Elmwood Village in Buffalo, and now I'm daydreaming of spring in my new backyard garden.

My favourite medium is linoleum block printing, especially blind embossed prints (deeply impressed and printed without ink). I'm about to embark on a watercolour adventure, and I'm wondering how that will find its way into my printmaking....

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Art Exhibit to support Rochester Contemporary Art Center

I've never entered a design exhibition like this one before, and I thought I would share it.  The Rochester Contemporary Art Center is hosting its annual 6x6 Exhibit & Sale in June, and I'm planning to enter some works.  Artists are being asked to donate work in any media, as long as it measures eactly 6" x 6".  Instructions for how to submit can be found here.

All submissions are due by 5pm on May 2nd, and the Reception and Sale take place on Saturday, June 5th, from 6 to 10 pm at the Center in Rochester, NY.  Artwork will be sold for $20, and artists' identities will be concealed until after the sale.  Proceeds will go to the Center to support their programs.

It sounds really interesting.  I'm going to work on one or two pieces to submit, and I hope to attend.  Rochester is only an hour away from me, sounds like a fun evening.

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