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Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
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Rise + Wander | FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Why aren't you accepting commissions?

I love working with clients on commissioned pieces, but lately I've received a large number of requests and need to focus on those and also my original work and planned projects. I really do apologize for the inconvenience.

What are prints and papercuttings?

Prints are made through a process known as relief printing. Using special tools, I carve away parts of a rubber or linoleum block, creating an image or design. The portion of the block left uncarved is inked using a brayer, while the areas that have been carved away will be ink-free (and therefore white space). When the block is pressed against the paper, it leaves an image. This is also known as blockprinting, linoprinting, or linocut printing. Each print for sale is an original (not a digital reproduction).

To read about the process and tools in further detail, please check out this blog post.

Papercuttings are pictures created by layering multiple colors and textures of paper to create the larger image. Unlike many historical traditions of papercutting, my images are not cut from one single piece of paper; instead, each element of the image is typically individually cut in a different color, layered, and affixed to a base background sheet. I love to create multiple layers of an image by covering a smaller background image with an outline or silhouette. 

To read about the process and tools in greater detail, please check out this blog post.

What materials do you use?

For block printing, I use archival quality water-soluble relief ink (usually Speedball Printmasters) and acid-free cardstock. As for the blocks/plates themselves, the brand and material change based on the project, but the perennial favorite is definitely Speedball Speedy Carve. The carving and then the actual printing are both done completely by hand, and each print is pressed individually.

For papercutting, the type of paper changes based on the design, but generally the largest portion consists of some kind of acid-free cardstock. For some projects, lighter or heavier paper is required, so it's subject to change. To affix the papers to a background sheet or each other, I use doublesided sticky tape, as the process requires a lot of testing and re-positioning to achieve the final result.

How long before I receive my artwork?

As each piece is handmade and typically made-to-order, please allow up to 7-10 days for an order to ship. Prints, given their simpler process, will typically go out on the following shipping day (Tuesday/Thursday mornings), while papercuttings can take up to a week before shipping. If you are ordering an item with a customization or a commissioned piece, these can take a little longer, including a proof for your approval, and the logistics will be part of our discussion. Please visit the shipping page for more information.

Can I commission a print or papercutting?

Yes. In fact, I started papercutting primarily through commissions, working with clients to create one-of-a-kind pieces or collections to complement their personal taste. Price varies based on the complexity, but I am happy to discuss options to work within your budget. The first step is reaching out to start the conversation!

Can I request a personalization?

Yes. Including personal touches like names or dates is particularly popular, but short phrases are also possible. For papercuttings, which are typically made-to-order, I can easily incorporate a personalization. Depending on the design and available space, there might be a limit on style and size, but I guarantee I can create something wonderful to suit your needs. For prints, personalization can be a little trickier, and will usually require a second color overlaid on top of the existing design. We can discuss your preferences and available options to determine the best solution. Price will vary based on the extent of the customization.

Can I request an alteration?

Yes. I am happy to discuss possible alterations to existing designs. For papercuttings, I can swap out different paper colors quite easily, but if you are interested in changing the design please consider a commission. For prints, I can change ink or paper color. Alterations will typically be at no or minimal additional cost; if there is an additional cost, I will inform you up-front and explain why.

What if my art arrives damaged?

I take great care in packing each piece for shipment (you can read more on the shipping page) and have not yet had any issues, but if your artwork arrives damaged please contact me immediately. I will create a replacement at no cost and ship it out within the week. If possible, I kindly request that you email me a photo of the damage for my records.