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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....

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's the holidays....and I need a week off to make art!

New Celtic Spiral card debuted@Women's Gifts.
Can you believe that it's Thanksgiving tomorrow?  Holy cow, where did the fall go?  Well, no time for messing around - I have a ton of work to do and no vacation time left for the year!

I just had a successful day at the Buffalo Women's Gifts show last weekend.  The organizers posted some photos on their Facebook page - great crowds, and wonderful locally-crafted work.  One of the best moments was a repeat customer who stopped by to tell me how much she loved my work.  Wow, that was just awesome.  I love when that happens.

Most popular item of the show:  packages of 3 and 6 mini-cards.  I almost sold out of them. 

Next up is the Last Minute Panic sale at the Western New York Book Arts Center in downtown Buffalo.  The dates/times are Friday, December 16th from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, December 17th from noon to 6pm.   This one makes me a little more nervous than other shows I've done because it's a very print-knowledgeable crowd, and I want to show only my best stuff.  Also need more prints than cards, I think.  I really hope I have enough time to do all of the things that I have in my head!

I've also committed to having some work at 464 Gallery on Amherst Street in Buffalo.  The Gallery will also have a space at the Niagara Holiday Market, which I was invited to participate in but just can't commit the time.  It's a great idea, and I really hope this first Market will be successful.  Hopefully some of my work will show up there too if the Gallery folks need to fill some space!

Oh, and I think I may have tweeted this at some point over the weekend - I love my Square!  So convenient, and so easy to use at a show.  Beats the heck out of any other credit card system that I've used - highly recommend it to other artists and small business owners.