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Nothing has given me more satisfaction in the last few years than going back to creating art and craft with my own heart and hands. I returned to printmaking after my early introduction to it in college — specifically copper plate etching and linoleum block printing. For etching, I’ve taken my inspiration from the natural world and my love of Florida’s waters and sailing. I also found kindred souls in those who rebelled against the First Industrial Revolution: the Pre-Raphaelites and the practitioners of the Arts & Crafts Movement, such as the Roycrofters; Morris and Mackintosh. Then there are the turn-of-the-20th century illustrators who were my inspiration for all of my early pen & ink work: Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham; Crane and Parrish. Dulac and Detmold. Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll. That early passion for pen and ink is now translated to etching. It’s the expression of the line that I go back to, again and again, and my latest work reflects a more personal return to mythic and Faerie tale themes. In addition to etching, the graphic designer in me has rediscovered the pleasures of the craft — and the inherent problem-solving — of the block print. Early 20th century Arts & Crafts period block print artists such as Frances Gearhart and Gustave Baumann are revelations and I’m inspired to bring my love of sailing and the water to my work in linocut and woodcut printmaking.
Julie Leidel has been painting for more than 25 years, but it was only when she discovered the Arts & Crafts Movement (1880-1920) that she truly found her artistic voice. The Arts & Crafts style has been a muse on her shoulder for over a decade, and her love story with this period-style artwork started with a home renovation in 2005. She fell in love with the architecture, furniture, pottery, and lighting that, when brought together, make a house a home.
Julie graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BA degree in Graphic Design and worked as a graphic designer, photographer, and user interface designer for many years. Her life-long dream came to fruition as she transitioned to working full-time as an artist in 2013. Julie exhibits her artwork at 15-20 fine art festivals and shows annually. In 2016, Julie was accepted as a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, where she carries on the century-old traditions and values set forth by Elbert Hubbard and The Roycrofters from East Aurora, NY.
Julie was chosen as the featured artist of the year for 2016 in American Bungalow Magazine, and has been featured in Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, Western Art & Architecture, and Cottages & Bungalows magazines. Julie was the featured artist in the Colorado Tourism guide for 2017, and was an award-winner in the national Sunset Artist magazine in 2018. She's a member of the Evergreen Artists Association, Foothills Art Center, an active board member for the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society, and she exhibits her work nationally.
Her artwork is about color, line, and shape. She strives to creatively translate nature, architecture, and beauty into artwork for the Craftsman home. She also enjoys ceramics, photography, playing guitar and harp, as well as hiking in the Colorado high country and climbing those fabulous 14,000 ft. peaks. She spends most of her time in the art studio, and with her loving husband and two children in Evergreen, Colorado.
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Welcome to the Arts & Crafts Press! Here at our studio in Tacoma, Washington, Yoshiko Yamamoto and her staff are passionate about printing traditional blockprints and letterpress note cards. We print all the greeting cards using the antique letterpress-printing presses. They,as well as our colorful limited-edition linoleum and woodblock prints, are made using the multiple hand-carved blocks.
While preserving and advancing the traditional aspects of letterpress and woodblock printing, we're striving to print for our future generations. We're committed to searching for alternative, "greener" printing materials and tools, ecological packaging solutions, and safer studio supplies.
Some thoughts deserve to be framed. “Mission Statements” collect many clever quotes and points to ponder, inspire or amuse, and tailor them to the Arts & Crafts home. Anyone with a passion for cats, dogs, kids, books, friends, home, faith or gardening is bound to find at least one wall-worthy Mission Statement. Each is beautifully rendered, digitally printed on canvas, mounted on board, and presented in a solid oak, Mission-style frame handcrafted in Pennsylvania.
Author, Columnist and Director of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at The Grove Park Inn since 1988
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