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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....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Balsam fir...paper?

So it took about a month to get all the bits and pieces together, but I finally made paper last weekend and the weekend before.

Getting from the ripped-up bits of paper that I wrote about a month ago to this point was a bit messy, but it was fun.  I started with shredded brown paper bags and dried flowers from my garden, and made about 10 sheets of off-brown, floral-ish paper that I intend to print on with dark ink this weekend.  Then I tried some blue pulp with pink flowers, and red scrap wrapping paper with dried Rose of Sharon from the garden.

The other part of the great paper experiment was figuring out how to use the 2 pounds of ground balsam fir that I ordered from Wesley Moody Farm in Saranac Lake, NY.  I was inspired by finding similar bags of balsam at LL Bean last month when we drive through Maine. 

But since we were on our way to Canada and I didn't want to get into trouble carrying plant material across the border, I didn't buy it then.  Instead, I did a Google search and found two farms that sold it, one in Maine and the other in the Adirondacks.  It arrived a week ago and it smells heavenly. 

My idea was to embed the balsam fir into paper so that you would have that wonderful woodsy scent everytime you used it.  Experimentation will determine just how much (or little) I need to be effective.

The next question, now that I have about 30 sheets of handmade paper, is:  what am I going to do with it?!

2 comments:

  1. Roxanne- I have been considering putting balsam into my paper for my wedding invitations. I would love to know... Do you get the smell from it?

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  2. Hi Kerstin - yes, you do get the smell, but it isn't overwhelming. How much you get will depend on how much you put into the pulp mix, and how intense the scent is. It will fade over time. I just found some paper that I had made about 2 years ago, and there was still a faint scent.

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