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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, January 25, 2011

How does a month of printmaking in Florence sound?

If I could, I would be applying for this right now.  It sounds so wonderful, but sadly my budget doesn't have room for a month in Italy this summer.  But I'm passing it along in case someone else can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  Thanks to Amie Roman/Ploverwing for sending it along.  I'm just going to paste the original message here from the organizers, with all the appropriate links:

Dear friends, past workshop participants, students, colleagues,

Think of Italian summer green here in this cold snowy January!     
I am making a national recruiting effort  for our study abroad residency course, an" Italian Sojourn"  in Florence, Italy, for June 2011.  

I am seeking participants, and hope that you may be interested.   Also please share this message with others who you know may be interested.  I appreciate your help in spreading the word!

The attached pdf [sorry couldn't get the PDF to load here so see Karen's website  or email her directly if these images aren't clear] information has been updated, to entice you for this amazing experience.  

Enticements:
•  creative residency to concentrate on your work
•  inspiring surroundings
•  mentoring from UNL printmakers Francisco Souto and Karen Kunc 
•  reduced program fees - now $1500, instead of $2100
•  no UNL tuition costs, unless course credit is needed,  as arranged
ARE  we going to be able to work together in Florence?   Please respond as soon as possible, so I can hold a place for you.

I am happy to talk to you further about this experience, and answer your questions.   
Let me know one way or another.      
Thank you!

Karen
 
Karen Kunc
Cather Professor of Art
Department of Art and Art History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
402-472-5522 main art office
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