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....

Monday, December 20, 2010

Featured on Printsy this week

Recently, I joined Printsy, the Etsy group for printmakers.  This week, I'm the featured artist on the Printsy blog.  I'm so excited to be part of this group of amazing artists.

Thanks to Diane Podolsky of Annie Pod Press for writing the interview - and for suggesting that I join in the first place!

I've admired the work of so many people who have been featured on Printsy.  This is a great way to finish off the year, and start thinking about where I can go with  my work.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winding down the (retail) holiday season

Featured in the Blue Sky Design Supply Holiday Gift Guide
My last show of the season was on Saturday, the Buffalo Indie Market's Holiday at the Gardens.  My retailers have received the last of their holiday orders.  Etsy sales for holiday cards have slowed to a crawl in the last week before Christmas. 

Soon, it will be time to pack up the unsold holiday-themed work, clean all the printmaking gear off my dining room table, and start thinking about next year.

Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity spends the last week of the year looking back and planning ahead.  He calls it his "annual review", and you can read more about it on his blog.  It's a great idea, both personally and professionally, to look back over the year and see what went well and what didn't. 

This has been a great year for Tuckamore Design.  Sales have been really encouraging since the summer.  The responses that I've gotten at shows and from local stores have all been positive.  Even though I've had difficulties at times juggling a full-time day job and the demands of a small - well, tiny - business, I still enjoy doing this.  My fear for years has been that, at some point, I'd get sick of printing 100 cards from the same block, bored with doing the same stuff over and over.  Happily, that hasn't happened in 15 years of printing. 

I'm going to spend some time between now and January 1st thinking about where I'd like to go with my artwork, and with my little company.  I've decided to retire some old blocks to make room for new work.  I'm really looking forward to developing some limited edition block prints in the New Year.  I have some ideas for Buffalo landmarks that I'd like to use for fundraising for local architectural preservation groups.  I'm also interested in exploring my favourite technique of embossing in larger and more complex works. 

I'll still make my line of cards, of course, but I feel the need to push my own boundaries a little more than I have been.  I want to try some new things and see where I can go.  It's going to be fun :)