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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....

Friday, March 19, 2010

Good day to organize...

Another gorgeous day outside, and where am I?  Stuck inside with a cold!  So I'm reorganizing my printmaking stuff, getting caught up on paperwork (just paid quarterly state sales tax), and uploading some work to Etsy.  Oh, and spending my time being amused by things like this:  this is the morning sunlight that comes through the leaded glass windows in our living room. 

Having a full-time job makes it tougher to keep up with things like blogs and online shops on a regular basis.  I envy artists who have free time to do things like that.  But hey, that's what weekends are for, right?!

Speaking of artists who blog, I was introduced to a fellow Newfoundland artist this week, Jeannette Jobson, thanks to Ploverwing over at the Printmaking forum on WetCanvas:
http://illustratedlife.blogspot.com/

Jeannette's work is really great.  I love what she does with Masa paper, creating a batik background for her drawings.  I have a stack of it and had no idea how to use it. 

My favourite is this one:
http://illustratedlife.blogspot.com/2010/02/tangle-of-capelin.html

Even though I'm not feeling great today, I'm taking advantage of having a day at home to cross things off my to-do list. My studio is cluttered right now because it's been used as a storage room all winter.  We are about to embark on a major spring cleaning weekend, so that will clear things out!

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