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, September 15, 2012

Getting back to business

It's been quite a year.  The 4 draft posts that I've started since January never materialized into finished posts, and I didn't print for months, because of many reasons - too cold to print in the (uninsulated) sunroom studio being the main one, then it quickly became too hot to print in the (non-air-conditioned) sunroom studio. 
The sunroom studio...before we moved.

But primarily, I've been too darn busy this year dealing with personal and professional challenges and haven't had time to print, or to even think about printing.  I've watched my closest friend go through a frightening health scare, bought a house, renovated said house, started another business, packed up the sunroom studio, and moved it all to our new home.  Now it's August September, and I'm finally getting around to unpacking and getting organized. 

There's nothing quite like receiving invitations to sell at Holiday shows, only to realize that you don't know where all of your stuff is, you have no idea how much inventory you have (because you can't find it), and you're not too sure where the movers put your press! 

Well, all of the above have been found/documented/sorted themselves out, and now I'm starting to gear up for the holiday season.  I've decided not to do the Women's Gifts Show this year in Buffalo, and to focus more on retail and online sales.  I may still do the show at the WNY Book Arts Center - undecided on that one. 

Shows take up an extraordinary amount of time to get ready for and to actually do.  I admire people who make their living doing shows.  It isn't easy.  I have a hard time finding help for those days (or entire weekends), and it's really hard doing a show by yourself. 

I had seriously considered doing the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts over the past 3 years.  It's a wonderful show and is always well-attended.  But I just cannot do two long days like that. Kudos to those who can.

I've had some large orders so far this year for wedding shower invites, corporate greeting cards, and party favours.  That's a market that I would like to explore further, especially doing larger custom orders.  I also want to get back to doing more prints, and larger embossed work.  And I'm really excited about having a new studio to set up and work in.  More space, plus it's heated in the winter and cooled in the summer!  You won't hear me complaining about that again :-)