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, December 10, 2011

Less than one week to the last sale of the year

The countdown is on...less than a week before the Last Minute Panic Sale at Western New York Book Arts Center.   Hours are Friday, Dec. 16th from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday, Dec. 17th from noon to 6pm. 

Fortunately, the tables will be 3'-0" x 3'-0", half the size of the tables at most shows.  So that means a little less stock is needed to make the table look full.  Phew.  I delivered 185 cards to 464 Gallery a couple of weeks ago, so that really depleted my stock. 

And I have been really busy over the past 3 weeks with non-art stuff, so I haven't been able to get as much stuff done as I wanted to.  This weekend is the last big push.  Because it takes up to 3-4 days for my favourite Daniel Smith water-soluble inks to completely dry, I have only today and tomorrow to do prints and inked cards.  The embossed cards are a lot easier - no mess to clean up, no inky fingerprints ending up in the wrong places, and much faster drying time.  They can wait until mid-week.

Since I've been making my own cards - and cards for other people - for over 15 years, my friends and family look forward to getting a new Christmas card every year.  I have been so darn busy with other stuff that I don't have time to come up with a cleverer design than last year, make them, and get them out. 

So I've decided to support a very worthwhile cause:  I'm going to send out cards from the Paintbox Project in support of Roswell Park Cancer Institute instead. 

These cards are designed by young cancer patients and their siblings through a wonderful program at Roswell.  I've seen them in stores in years past and wanted to buy them, but then always ended up giving in to this weird self-imposed sense of guilt that I have to make my own. 

This year, I decided to finally do it - but you can't buy them in stores anymore!  They are only available online, which is a bummer for those of us in the Buffalo area who may leave things to the last minute (not pointing any fingers, oh no) and need to dash out to the store and grab a box or two.  The good thing about it is that now they are available to a much wider audience, which means potentially more sales and more donations to Roswell Park.

So, back to printing and packaging work for Last Minute Panic - see you there!