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Each of my pieces is an original.

I learned how to draw on my own by tracing images when I was maybe 8 or 9 (maybe before?). I remember my grandma Corina teaching me how to paint flowers when I was maybe 3 or 4. She was a painter, a piano and mandolin player, liked to sew, sang in the church choir and directed a "pastoril" dancing group during Christmas. I think I got my passion for crafts from her. She owned a bazaar in her little town, Rio Largo, in the Northeast of Brasil.

I'm originally from Maceió, Brasil; settled in Seattle since 1999. Since young, I liked folding paper, drawing, crafting boxes, some knitting, some sewing. Well, like many here, I enjoyed using my hands to do crafts.

I studied Architecture in Brasil and during the college years I was introduced to Visual Communication, where I…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 17
  • Joined March 9, 2009

Favorite materials

cotton paper, linoleum blocks, thread, lead pencil, linseed oil ink, canvas fabric, chipboard, hemp cord

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About

Each of my pieces is an original.

I learned how to draw on my own by tracing images when I was maybe 8 or 9 (maybe before?). I remember my grandma Corina teaching me how to paint flowers when I was maybe 3 or 4. She was a painter, a piano and mandolin player, liked to sew, sang in the church choir and directed a "pastoril" dancing group during Christmas. I think I got my passion for crafts from her. She owned a bazaar in her little town, Rio Largo, in the Northeast of Brasil.

I'm originally from Maceió, Brasil; settled in Seattle since 1999. Since young, I liked folding paper, drawing, crafting boxes, some knitting, some sewing. Well, like many here, I enjoyed using my hands to do crafts.

I studied Architecture in Brasil and during the college years I was introduced to Visual Communication, where I discovered my passion for posters, typography and 2-dimensional composition. Once in the U.S., I got a degree in Graphic Design. Having married into a 4-generation of newspapers owners, in 2008 I inherited a full letterpress studio that came from Kansas. So was born Miss Cline Press (how both sides of the family calls me and where the presses came from): the 5th generation operating the presses, and first female in the family doing so.

My letterpress shop operates from the historic Central District, Seattle. My aesthetic is built upon the idea of the handmade object pressed with meaning and care. I like my work to be as handmade as possible simply because I enjoy drawing and hand-carving my own illustrations, hand-setting type and even tearing paper by hand. Everything is then hand-printed in either a large turn-of-the-century Chandler & Price or a precious little Peerless press, or yet pulled by hand in my craft room at home. My artworks bring me joy as they come out organic, full of soul, and richly pressed.

I print poetry I like: in English, in Spanish, in Portuguese... I love carving linoleum blocks and printing them on the press or pulling the prints by hand. I like simplicity in colors, material, in shapes. I like easy simple art, the less my brain is involved the more I enjoy. I like to look at the stuff I print and delight on the colors and shapes and paper. Beyond all, I LOVE the meditative quality of manual work, spending hours that fly by cutting paper, folding, scoring, carving, assembling. It's one of my gifts to myself ... that I share with others here.

I work full-time as an Interactive Art Director at Ply Interactive, a web design studio in Queen Anne, Seattle.

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