I receive a lot of emails asking the same, few questions, so I thought I’d answer the questions I receive most often here.
Q: What type of ink/block/carving tool do you use in your block printed work? I tried block printing on my own, but don’t like the results. Could you tell me what I’m doing wrong?
A: I get asked these questions a lot, which is one of the reasons I started teaching. The answers are complex, and are very specific to my own practice. I share information about my tools and materials only in my classes. If you’d like to take my class (I teach both in-person and online), you can find out upcoming dates here.
Q: What type of fabric do you use? Where do you buy it?
A: My wholesale suppliers are part of my intellectual property, and not information I share publicly. I could talk more about why, but Danielle Spurge’s blog post here pretty much covers my reasons.
Q: I would love to visit your studio! Do you have open studio hours?
A: My studio isn’t open to the public. These days, I’m often working on client projects that I can’t yet share publicly. Plus, my studio is in my home and I’m very protective of my privacy!
Q: Can I pick up my order from you, instead of paying for shipping?
A: Please see my answer to the question above.
Q: I’ll be in San Francisco. Could we meet for coffee/a drink?
A: I wish there were more hours in the day! Alas, I often don’t have enough time to see all the friends I already have, and I don’t like to interrupt my workday to socialize, so I have a blanket policy of not meeting up with strangers (however lovely they may be) for coffee/drinks/etc.
Q: Okay, how about a phone call so I can pick your brain? Or could I interview you for my end-of-school term project?
A: Again, I’m very protective of my time, and so I also have a blanket policy of not doing informational interviews, whether in person, on the phone, or via email. In my recent podcast interviews I’ve talked pretty openly about my path and the challenges I’ve faced. You can find links to those interviews here.
Q: How do I join your Tea Towel of the Month Club?
A: In 2018 Tea Towel of the Month Club subscriptions are available on both an annual (January-December), and a quarterly basis: January-March (Q1), April-June (Q2), July-September (Q3), and October-December (Q4). Subscriptions/memberships open the month prior to the beginning of the new quarter, and are available in my shop. I usually limit the number of available subscriptions to 50. Memberships are not retroactive, and cannot be purchased in the middle of a quarter.
Q: How do I purchase fabric yardage from you? Or even just some of your fabric scraps?
A: Printing fabric by hand is incredibly labor intensive, and I don’t have the time or inclination to sell my printed yardage. Instead I incorporate this fabric into my own projects. I do teach a class about printing your own fabric, and also have a book about the process coming out soon. And I rarely sell my fabric scraps, but when I do I only sell them in person, at craft fairs (because photographing and listing a zillion individual pieces of fabric is also time intensive).
Q: I’d love to take your class, but I don’t live in California. Would you consider teaching in my city?
A: As much as I love to travel, it is very expensive and exhausting. By the time I factor in airfare, lodging, dogsitting, and time spent away from my regular practice, traveling to teach usually just isn’t financially rewarding for me. I would love to be able to teach in more places, which is why I offer an online class every four or so months. You can learn more about that class here.
Q: Do you teach screenprinting/silkscreen classes?
A: I do teach an online class through Creativebug. However, I don’t teach in-person screenprinting classes. Many junior colleges, community centers, and nonprofit art organizations offer screenprinting classes, so your best bet would to do an online search.
Q: Do you teach private classes?
A: Yes, I do! I’ve taught private classes for a number of companies in the Bay Area. Please contact me if your company would like more information about this. However, I do not teach classes for private parties or do one-on-one sessions with individuals.
Q: Do you license your artwork?
A: Yes, I do, and am always looking for new licensing opportunities. If you are a manufacturer, publisher, or other business that regularly licenses artwork, please contact me to discuss further.
Q: Do you take custom orders?
A: It depends. I do custom work for retailers, as well as license my artwork. If this is something that your company is interested in, please contact me. I do not have the bandwidth to take on smaller projects for individuals.
Q: I saw a product on your website/Instagram/Pinterest that you created, but don’t see it in your shop. Is it still available?
A: Probably not! Most of my hand-printed work is limited-edition, which means that once something sells out, it’s gone. I don’t re-run these editions.
Q: I want to get my hands on one of your sold-out, hand-printed Fringe Field Bags. Do you have an extra one to sell me? If not, will you print more of that design?
A: I get asked this question more often than you can imagine, and my answer is always “no.” The bags I do have are for my own personal use, and as they were limited-edition, I won’t be re-printing them.
Q: Okay, but can you tell me when the next Field Bag will be available?
A: If you’d like to be notified, please sign up for my newsletter here. Newsletter subscribers usually get notified the day before the bags are available. I can’t share any information about release dates earlier than that.
Q: Can I advertise on your blog, or submit a product for you to review?
A: No, I do not accept advertisements or sponsored content. My site and blog are pretty much for promotion of my own work only.