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....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy 2010!

For me, January is about new beginnings and getting organized for the coming year.  Right now, I'm working on new designs for an upcoming Valentine's Day show on February 6th at Juniper Restaurant in Buffalo.  This is a Buffalo Indie Market event, and the first to be held in the Elmwood Village.  The previous venue was Pearl Street Grill in downtown Buffalo.  I'm looking forward to it, but have a lot of work to do in the next 3 weeks!  I'm also getting new work ready for Village Artisans in Williamsville, for both Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.  Both holidays are coming up really fast!  I'll post new work as it comes off the press.

All the best for a happy and healthy new year!