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 for begging stages of block printing.
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 quality of their papers.
Ink: Speedball Printmasters ink that come in a variety of colors. If printing on fabrics, I use the Speedball brand fabric block printing ink (also 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 from USA textile manufacturers.
How long does it take to make a print?
Each block print is different, but typically it takes me a few hours to transfer or draw a new illustration onto the linoleum block, and either a half a day or full day of carving. After carving, it's around another hour to ink and press each print by hand. One print can take anywhere from 3-8 hours depending on detail and size.
Are you accepting wholesale inquiries?
I am always interested in talking wholesale, so if you are a shop interested in carrying Land & She please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The wait can be a few months depending on what stage I am in creating a collection. Thank you!
Do you take custom projects and orders?
I might! Please email me about custom work inquiries. I will take custom commissions and collaborations on a case by case basis and if time permits the work.
Can I get a tattoo of your work?
Please see more info on tattoo tickets here. 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. Thanks for supporting me! And I would love to see any images once the tattoo is completed. Hugs.
I want to open my own shop. Do you have any advice for me?
Awesome! My advice would be just to start. The most important step is to first understand and write down what it is you want to sell, and really know why you want to have a shop. What makes your work unique? What voice do you want to share with the world?
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.