frequently asked questions
What type of materials are you using?
Blocks: Most of my prints are made with either Speedball unmounted linoleum blocks (they are the gray, hard blocks) or Blick Readycut rubber blocks which are two-toned so they show white underneath as I carve. I would recommend rubber blocks if you are just beginning to learn how to block carve.
Paper: I've been using French Paper Co. recycled papers for years. They are a family-owned and operated business and I just love the feel and earth-friendly quality of their papers and process.
Ink: I use Speedball Printmasters ink mostly in black. If printing on fabrics, I use Speedball Fabric Block Printing ink (which comes in a variety of colors, all in 2oz tubes).
Textiles: All of my fabrics are sourced from Philadelphia or USA made businesses online and sewn by my friends locally in Philadelphia (pillows), or pre-sewn by USA textile manufacturers (zip pouches and table runners).
What is that thing you use to press your prints?
That circular off-white tool you see all the time on my Instgram and im my videos is called a baren, and it's by the brand Speedball. You can get them from online, or any art supply store. These are incredibly helpful when pressing prints by hand. They apply even pressure to the back of a block or paper in order to get an all-around smooth and even print. It's funny because I used to press everything by hand or with a candle lid which is a crazy idea. Just go and buy one, it will change your life and is worth the little extra money.
How long does it take to make a print?
Each block print is different, but typically it takes me a few hours to sketch out my idea on paper. That's where most of the work is done and where the design comes to life. Then, I transfer the drawing onto a rubber block simply by flipping the drawing face down onto the block and pressing the impression onto the block. Next step is carving, which can take either an hour or a full day depending on detail, size and shape. Most blocks take me around 2 hours to carve. After carving, the fun part begins! It's the best feeling and thrill to see how a block prints. Printing takes a few hours because I ink and press each print, pillow and textile by hand. After printing, I wait for the piece to dry which can take up to 2 days. Every piece in this shop is truly a labor of love.
Are you accepting wholesale inquiries?
Yes! If you are a shop interested in carrying Land & She please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send a brief description about your shop, what items you are interested in, as well as any links to a website or Instagram to see if we would be a good fit. To see a list of the shops that carry Land & She, please see our stockist list here. Thank you!
Are you available for custom projects and collaborations?
I might! Please email me about custom and collaboration inquiries. I will take these kinds of projects on a case by case basis and if time permits the work. I am always open to hearing ideas, so please shoot me an email with your thoughts (no DMs please).
Can I get a tattoo of your work?
Yes, but hear me out. I get many types of inquiries like this, so now I offer what I call tattoo tickets. While I can't stop you from getting a tattoo of my work, this tattoo ticket is a one time purchase of $50 that is a great way to support and credit me as the artist and will give you the permission to use my work to adorn your body. This applies to existing work only. You should consider this not only for tattoos from me, but when using art from any artists you admire. Trust me, it feels good to be supporting artists! Feel free to send any images once the tattoo is completed. :)
I want to be where you are. Do you have any advice for me?
There are many people who reach out to me wanting to make work, start a shop, get famous on Instagram, etc. My first question to anyone who wants to do any of the above is why? Do you know why you want to make the type of work you do and what does it say to the world. The most important step is to first write everything you are thinking down. Step back and take a hard look at it. What makes what you are doing unique? What voice do you want to share with the world? Will this be enjoyable, or is it because you want to be Insta-famous? Ask yourself those tough questions.
After getting real with yourself, and grounded in your mission, just start! Growing a shop or creative business is always going to be hard, so the best thing to do is jump in with both feet. Learn, make mistakes, grow, learn some more, and you'll be on your way. Just make sure it's doing something you truly love!
Some books I read when starting my business were: "Let My People Go Surfing" by Yvon Chouinard, "Art Inc." by Lisa Congdon and "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown. Brené's talk on 99U "Why Your Critics Aren't The Ones Who Count", is great for creative people! I also love to read the Life & Business section of Design*Sponge - it's packed with tips, stories, and advice for small biz owners and makers.