Kids Haus

KidsHaus

Name: Michelle Maclise
Location: Seattle, Washington
Website: kidshaus.typepad.com | www.etsy.com/shop/KidsHaus

How about a brief introduction?
I’m the mom of two marvelous little ladies, 4 & 8 and the wife of an incredibly talented and handsome husband of 15 years. I knew at age 6 that I was going to be an artist and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to make a living being creative in one way or another. I’ve been a professional graphic designer, textile designer, illustrator and web designer throughout my adulthood and it just never gets boring. I love to sit with my daughters and draw with them when we have down time, it inspires my illustrations every time.

What made Gocco so special for you?
It was my inspiration behind illustrating again… after a 12 year hiatus. I wanted to delve into screen printing but it was too messy and complicated to do in my house and Gocco allowed me to set up shop in my tiny art studio without a hitch. I’ve been able to bring my illustrations alive with Gocco and I love it when layers of color overlap and there are faded edges that naturally occur while printing. It gives each of my illustrations texture and character that you can’t get from an inkjet printer.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
When I illustrate a print, I like to use several colors but because Gocco supplies are expensive and in high-demand, I need to conserve, so I try to manipulate my illustration so that a couple of different colors can be burned onto one screen, far enough away from each other so that they don’t bleed into each other. I use a lot of ink blocking foam to keep the ink isolated and minimize spreading and wasting ink…it works like a charm!

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Well, the obvious albeit cliche answer is “raising my daughters”… which is 100% true; however, the fact that I had a one year old, worked part-time and managed to illustrate, Gocco print and open an Etsy shop to sell my line of prints in a 4 month time span still baffles me today. I had a fire in my belly and it consumed every free-moment I had — I loved that feeling! This fall, I hope to take on a couple of new personal goals with similar fervor and see what comes of it.

Share something random with us!
How about a “guardian angel story”? When I was 22, I had been laid-off by 2 small design companies in a row so I was ready to work for an established, stable company. One afternoon, I had an interview with the Nordstrom product development division and was incredibly nervous. As I was getting out of my car, an older gentleman came up behind me and said, “Good luck!” and handed me a four leaf clover. I thanked him, pulled my portfolio out of my car, turned back around and he had disappeared. Kind of crazy but I like to believe that he was my guardian angel that day. Oh… and yes, I got the job.

Laura Berger

Laura George

Name: Laura Berger
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Website: www.laurageorge.etsy.com | Flickr | blog

How about a brief introduction?
My name is Laura Berger and I’m an artist and illustrator based in Chicago, Illinois. My work is illustrative and is inspired by the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life. I participate in group and solo showings around the US and Canada, and I also do freelance illustration work, murals, and commissions. When I’m not painting or drawing, I like to spend my time on coffee, really good food, my guitar, dreaming of the ocean, reading, traveling to distant lands, and taking pictures.

What made Gocco so special for you?
Gocco was my first foray into screenprinting of any kind! I enjoyed it so much that I would say it had a really big role in inspiring me to start making more art. I started out by printing my own greeting cards and sending them to friends and family.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
Make sure you get a good sharp drawing to start with. And make sure you use your Gocco very frequently. Because it is fun. And fun is good.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
I just quit my job to pursue my art and illustration full-time. It took a lot for me to take this risk, so I’m proud that I jumped.

Share something random with us!
I want a micro-pig. I would also be very content with a micro-hippo, but I’m not sure those exist.

Kate Pugsley

Kate Pugsley

Name: Kate Pugsley
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Website: www.katepugsley.com

How about a brief introduction?
I’m kate, I’m 26 years old and I’m a painter and illustrator. I wish I could say it was my full-time job but not yet! My favorite materials are oil paints, collage, pencil, silkscreen, watercolor and gouache. I grew up in a small town in Ohio, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA degree in Illustration. I am a fan of Iris Murdoch books, vintage postage stamps, knitting, red tea and animals.

What made Gocco so special for you?
I am uncomfortable right now with making/selling reproductions of originals or giclee prints. I love silkscreen prints, and gocco allows me to very easily make little prints in small editions without the time and trouble it takes to silkscreen traditionally. it’s also a fun medium to experiment with.

Any tips on using a Gocco that you’d like to share?
I’ve gotten the best results when I use a professional quality printer (at Kinko’s or something) to make the image for transfer. when I use my home printer I get a lot of pinholes and fuzzy lines.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?
Breaking my addiction to sugar.

Share something random with us!
I keep a vigilant eye out for vintage illustrations of jello. I am fascinated by them for some unknown reason.