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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....

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Watching ink dry

The last weekend before a show is always crazy.  Today, I've been up since about 6:30 am, getting all of my materials lined up for a full day of production.  My show is on Thursday night, so that leaves me just a few days to get things printed and packaged.
New design:  Gingko leaf
There are some very good reasons why I do so much embossing:  it's not as messy as inked work, and it doesn't take forever to dry.  I love my Daniel Smith water soluble inks - they print so nicely, and the cleanup is relatively easy.  But boy, do they take a long time to dry!  That's important to consider when you're putting prints and cards into protective sleeves (like Clearbags) for shows or selling in stores.  Nothing says sloppy amateur like ink smears on the inside of a sleeve - or worse, on the print itself.

I printed some cards earlier this week. and they are still not fully dry.  So that means everything I print today will take at least until Tuesday or Wednesday to dry before I can pack them up.  Slows down the production line!

So, while I'm waiting, I'm moving on to other things like papermaking and embossing, checking things off my to-do list as I go.

Every horizontal surface in my house is gradually being covered with cards, even the mantel.

To top it all off, the memory card in my camera is no longer readable.  I have no idea what happened.  I just used it on Thursday and it was fine.  For now, I have to use the internal memory which only allows me to take 17 photos at a time.  Add that to the to-do list.  Busy Saturday!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Best show yet...the local artists' market at the NAAEE Conference

Last week, I was part of the local artists' market at the North American Association of Environmental Educators' Conference in Buffalo, and I was floored by how well it went!  Thanks to my friend Marika Woods-Frankenstein, who invited me to exhibit, I think I found my audience!

I shared space in the local artists' booth with Buffalo ReUse and my friend Tyra from Blue Sky Design Supply.  Everyone who came by was so complimentary on all of our work, and really happy to have us there.  We had a great time!

And I have to say - the folks who organized the NAAEE conference had the best food of any conference I've been to!  Teachers eat well!  There were desserts at 10:30 am, a fabulous buffet dinner at night, and a happy hour with complimentary wine and cheese.  What more could you want in a show?!

I sold out of a lot of prints and most of my handmade paper.  Now I'm getting ready for the next show, the benefit for Crisis Services on October 28th.  Tomorrow it's back to the studio to make Christmas cards and paper.  I've been looking forward to it all week!