Black Eyed Susan Grackle Card by Burdock & Bramble
Original blank block print, folded card on 100% cotton paper featuring a hand-carved, letterpress-printed grackle with a bright yellow black-eyed Susan—Rudbeckia hirta—a native North American wildflower and the state flower of Maryland.
Card front: 4.25" x 5.5", inside: blank, includes a French Paper Company A2 envelope.
Handmade by Heather O'Hara and Jay Jarvis of Burdock & Bramble in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
At Burdock & Bramble, we create handmade block prints by mixing a generous pinch of humor with sincere appreciation for originality in the wide world outside. Burdock & Bramble block print greeting cards and limited edition prints are all original designs that we carve by hand and letterpress print in our studio.
Our signature designs feature curious and wily birds called grackles. Like crows and ravens, grackles are known for their intelligence, personality, and occasional mischief-making.
Heather studied drawing and printmaking at Carleton College in Northfield, MN and has an MFA in printmaking from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Before starting Burdock & Bramble, Heather was the head printer for Plunger Press and taught bookbinding and printing. In 2007, while spending a year in New Mexico at the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Heather encountered a flock of grackles making mischief all around her workspace. She hatched the idea for Burdock & Bramble many years later after meeting more mischievous grackles in a Baltimore backyard.
Jay was born on an Air Force base in southern Georgia, and traveled around the world as part of a military family stationed in Japan, New Mexico, Germany, and Texas. Jay received a BFA in painting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and was a founding member of the Texas DIY artists group Big Snuff. After moving to Baltimore, he had twenty-year career in the exhibit departments at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore and at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. In Jay's spare time, he enjoys birdwatching and yelling at the Baltimore Ravens.
We contribute to the West Shore Wildlife Center in support of their wildlife rehabilitation and educational work in central Pennsylvania.
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