This is a little write-up about the processes we work with in the screen printed pet portrait workshop that I teach. I recently made a demo print of my greyhound Bernadette to test out a new material to improve the process — using contact paper instead of tracing paper to make stencils. I’d also been wanting to write something to send to students before the workshop so they get an idea of how we’ll be working. Initially it can be an overwhelming project for people who haven’t screen printed before, but once we get going everyone loosens up and starts having fun.Read More
Recently I started a new project called Postcard Club, which for you is a way to get a free handmade-by-me postcard mailed to you once a month (the link to join is in my monthly newsletter), and for me is a way to force me to play and experiment with new ideas. It’s hard to make time to just mess around because there’s always so much to do. Being accountable for making one postcard a month to mail out to people makes it more likely to happen.Read More
Because a lot of my work features dogs, I’ve been asked for a long time now if I do custom dog portraits followed by “how much would it cost.” I knew I could do the portraits but I never had a good answer to the cost question, and I wasn’t comfortable offering something I didn’t test first. But I’d had it as a goal for a long time, and finally after a few months of testing am able to officially offer it. This is exciting because I totally understand the appeal of a custom portrait of your dog. Throughout the lifespan of my old dog Miguel (RIP) I commissioned friends and artists to make artistic representations of him, and these are belongings that continue to be very special to me.Read More
I'm currently plugging away at drawing and screen printing – restocking old things and making new things. But where oh where do these things happen? I will tell you!
My primary studio space is at POST – I do the bulk of my work here (printing, designing, packaging, teaching). I also do some work on a little desk and at my sewing machine at home, and I burn my screens at Ocelot Print Shop. So technically I have three workspaces:
POST is a retail store, workshop space, and studio all in one. Here lives my printing table, drying rack, and primary computer. I also have a drawing desk and a bed for my dog Bernadette that live here. I teach most of my workshops at POST, and you can find many of my products in the store in Dog Corner. Our spaces at POST are separated by half-walls, and I have six studiomates: Mutual Adoration, TAIT Design Co, Scarlet Crane Creations, White Owl Jewelry, Amber Barker, and Ashwelle Fiberworks.