My Etsy Shop Feature of the Week: Das Linoleum

Article published at: Mar 9, 2011 Article author: thepinklocket Article tag: art
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This week’s Etsy Shop of the Week feature is Das Linoleum check out these lovely prints…….

Tell me briefly about your Etsy store.

My store features handmade (that is, hand-drawn, hand-carved, and then hand-printed) linoleum prints. All of the images are based on experiences or ideas I have, for example, when traveling; things I see; things I dream of. My store features prints that are illustrative, decorative, and affordable. But because I know that not everyone is looking for print art to put up on their walls, I occasionally also include hand-printed postcards, notebooks, etc. in my store that are both practical and feature cool art.


What is the story behind your craft?

I have gotten into making linoleum prints after I moved to Athens, GA, last summer. For years I hadn’t been working with linoleum, but I always draw and make doodles, so I thought I make use of this creativity. I had made one or two linoleum prints before I seriously got into what I am doing now and those prints were very much liked, so I decided to work more on this, to teach myself, to explore, and to get better at what I am doing. And then I started selling some of my art…


What are your greatest inspirations?

I love print art of all sorts, but I am especially inspired by poster art and political art. I find female artists inspiring, because it expresses empowerment and strength when women transform their feelings and experiences into artwork. One female print artist I like very much is Anna Heyward Taylor from South Carolina. But I am also inspired by the work of other Etsy artists, because there is a lot of great art out there, in the vast online art world.


What gets you going creatively?

Mostly when I need a break from work, I start carving linoleum. But my inspiration to start the first sketch for what I will later work into a linoleum print really comes about spontaneously, for example, if I enjoy a nice summer day outdoors and I see a lovely scene somewhere that I want to capture in my art work. As I sketch the scene on paper, things change from what I have seen in real life to how I experienced them in my heart and mind. So working creatively for me is really a kind of free-flowing process that is very much emotional.