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....

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter at Buffalo's Broadway Market

Buffalo's Broadway Market has been the place to go for fresh veggies, Polish sausage, and baked yummies since 1888.  Located on the city's East Side, traditionally the Polish heart of Buffalo, the Market has weathered the ups and downs of urban renewal, and the usual growth and change that every city goes through.  While the neighbourhoold around it has seen better days, the Market still draws people back, especially at Easter.

Good Friday is the busiest day of the year at the Market, but it was pretty packed today as well.  Everyone is buying their sausage, butter lambs, and platcek for a traditional Easter dinner.  But since I'm not cooking tomorrow, I had other things in mind.

First, we needed to get some traditional desserts for a friend's birthday celebration tonight.  An almond and cream-filled pastry and some packzi (Polish doughnuts, my husband's favourite).  Done, take that off the list.

Second, pussy willows:  my reason for buying them was not to hit someone on Monday which is Dyngus Day, but to add to the bunch I bought last year that are sitting in a vase on our dining room table.  It reminds me of spring in Newfoundland, just like the irises that I bought at the grocery store last night.

And finally, I had to find painted wooden eggs to add to my collection. Traditional painted eggs are a staple at the Broadway Market, and I fell in love with them the first time I saw them at my husband's aunt's house when I went there for our first family Easter dinner years ago.  Some of them can get pricey, especially the really finely painted ones or the large ones, but my collection consists of the 2/$5 variety, and that's okay with me.  I'm fascinated by the colours and how different they all are.

Now I'm wondering how to develop a print series based on the patterns and colours on my eggs.

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