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, July 10, 2010

Christmas in July

I'm in the process of preparing all of my Christmas card designs from last year to be re-uploaded for the Christmas in July promotion on Etsy. 

This photo, btw, is our street in Buffalo after the "arborgeddon" surprise winter storm on October 13, 2006. 

When I first started thinking about it, I decided I would do a "buy 3, get 1" sale.  But there is no easy way to set that up on Etsy - not that I can figure out.  I'd have to get people to convo me with their orders , and that's just a colossal pain for me and my customers.

So, I've decided to list them at 40% off the retail price instead.  That's a huge savings, especially on my packaged cards.  But that's okay because I have a lot of inventory.

I made so many cards last fall that I have no room for new work, so I really need to clear out a lot of stuff.  Hoping that people will be in the Christmas shopping mood even in the middle of a July heat wave!

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