Burdock & Bramble greeting cards and limited edition prints are original block prints—carved by hand and printed on a hand-powered letterpress in our studio in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. We create our handmade block prints by mixing a generous pinch of humor with sincere appreciation for originality in the wide world outside. 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.
About the artists who run Burdock & Bramble:
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 at Carleton and Cornell, Wells College Book Arts Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Women's Studio Workshop in upstate NY. 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 2017, he and Heather moved back to her hometown, Boiling Springs, PA to run Burdock & Bramble together. In Jay's spare time, he enjoys bird-watching and yelling at the Baltimore Ravens.