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, April 30, 2010

Just can't get enough of embossing....

I'm always scouring the internet and art magazines for other artists who do embossed prints.  It's funny that I haven't found a lot of people who do embossed linocuts.  Many of them use etchings and collagraphs, which I haven't tried.  I've mentioned Julie D'Arcy before - her "Green Man" embossed print is really lovely, and it is a linocut.  This print by John Ruszel is one of my favourites that I've found recently.  I know, I keep talking about both of this prints, sorry, but I really like them.

My latest Google search turned up the following:

Arnie Weimer is an artist whose work is represented by Annie Kaill's Fine Art & Craft Gallery in Juneau, Alaska.  I used to live in Vancouver, BC, and fell in love with the native artwork of the northwest.  This reminds me of that a little.  His works are not just straight-up embossed, but he also does what I guess would be called mixed media - embossed relief combined with what looks like intaglio.  Really lovely, makes me pine for the west coast.  I think my favourite is this one.

Roderic Stokes is featured on the World Printmakers website.  His embossings are more geometric - even an architectural floor plan, which is something I've been toying with doing as well.  My inspriation came from Palladio's drawings of Italian villas, however, and not a dorm room!

XYZ Studio uses a different technique but the effects are really interesting.  From their website:  "These prints are created using handcarved brass embossing dies which have been acid etched to recreate the texture of stone. The process produces a realistic fossil reproduction. " 

A Czech artist, Jaroslav Valek, does some really interesting embossings and mixed media prints.

Finally, Rand Huebsch, a printmaker and co-founder of the Manhattan Graphics Center, wrote this article in the Maryland Printmakers newsletter about embossing with etchings.  This technique takes a lot more patience that I think I will ever have with intaglio, but the prints are highly textured and detailed

There are some great books out there on printmaking techniques, but I have yet to find one solely on embossing.  I heard of one recently on the WetCanvas forum but now I can't find the post.

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