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....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

First show of the year - done!

After moving into and renovating a house over the past 4 months, and being laid off from my dayjob in October, I had decided not to unpack my studio this fall.  I wanted to focus instead on launching my new architectural & consulting firm, Design Synergies Architecture P.C. 

But thanks to the very persuasive Marinette Koslow (Inspired Buffalo), I decided to do a couple of shows this year, starting with the Artists in Buffalo Holiday Open Studios last weekend.  Marinette and Mary Czajkowski (Bejewelled) were two of the organizers, and they convinced me that I should be there.  I'm glad I did it.

If you live in the Buffalo area, you may have gone to the Gifts, Gingerbread and Glitz event at Gilda's Club in previous years.  Unfortunately, Gilda's Club decided not to continue with it this year.  That left the organizers from Artists in Buffalo scrambling to find a new venue.  Although the Burchfield Penney Art Center and more than a dozen artists' studios were on the map, there still needed to be another "anchor" site to help round out the weekend event.

Fortunately, they found a new host:  the Greater Buffalo American Red Cross, located in the historic Clement Mansion on Delaware Avenue.  

I'm an architect, so I absolutely loved spending the weekend in the Clement Mansion. The woodwork and the decorative plaster ceilings are stunning.  It was the perfect backdrop for the artists that exhibited there all weekend.  Each artist donated 20% of their sales to the Red Cross.  And our gracious hosts even bought us pizza on both days for lunch!

Traffic may have been a little less than in previous years, but I had a good show.  I bought a couple of gifts and met some new artist friends.  I'm looking forward to doing it again next year.  And when I got home on Sunday evening, I had a large order from a new wholesale client in West Virginia and two Etsy orders.  It was a good weekend!

Next and last show for me this year will be the Last Minute Panic Sale this coming weekend at the Western New York Book Arts Center.  It opens at 4pm on Friday evening, December 14th, and goes until 8 p.m.  On Saturday, the hours are noon to 6 p.m.  I'm a member of WNYBAC, and I did the show for the first time last year.  I really enjoyed the setting and the great artists last year.

With all that's been going on over the past 2 months, with work and Etsy orders/show prep, I've given very little thought to my own Christmas cards.  Last year, I was so busy that I ended up buying cards, and boy, did I hear about it!  But it was in support of two very good causes - my own sanity and Roswell Park Cancer Center.

This year, as usual, it will be a mad dash to the finish as I try to get my inventory back up and print new work for the BAC show, and somehow find time to design and print my own cards in the coming week.  Oh, and finish Christmas shopping.  And package gifts to mail to my family in Canada and North Carolina.

It will all get done.  And there will be wine at the end of it  :-)