BIRCHandLOON

BIRCHandLOON

Cleveland, Ohio 184 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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BIRCHandLOON

BIRCHandLOON

Cleveland, Ohio | 184 Sales

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About BIRCHandLOON

Sales 184
On Etsy since 2012

Childhood Doodles Come Full Circle

You know how people sometimes speak of a single moment or experience that changed the course of their life? I had one of those, and it's what brought this shop about.

As I child, I spent a lot of time up in my room drawing. In particular I loved to draw hearts, flowers, and beautiful ladies dressed in fancy garments. Many of the ladies bore striking resemblances to the maidens, pixies, and witches from the Lithuanian folk tales I heard from my mother and in the Lithuanian language school I reluctantly attended on Saturday mornings. (My parents immigrated from Lithuania when it became Soviet occupied during World War II, and I was born in the United States.) Occasionally I would also draw birds and other cute animals. Doing so gave me immense satisfaction, but in adulthood I decided to pursue a career that would pay the bills.

I became a technical writer. And I was quite good at what I did, but at the end of the day I had nothing left for creativity. Plus, in the back of my mind I was always awaiting the phone call announcing a major factory malfunction as the direct result of someone using one of the manuals I'd written. So when my children were born and circumstances allowed me to spend time with them at home, I jumped at the chance.

One summer when my kids were still quite young I took them, along with my husband, to the Lithuanian language immersion camp in rural Michigan where I'd spent my childhood summers. While we were there, a young artist from Chicago taught a basic afternoon lesson on how to make linocut prints. For inspiration, she urged us to look at the prints in the musty books full of Lithuanian folk motifs that had been gathering dust in the camp library.

I was immediately hooked. I loved the magic of peeling paper from an inked block to reveal the precise image underneath, but I also loved the geometric patterns and motifs in those old books, the stark black and white images of slithering serpents, heartbroken mermaids, goats, cuckoo birds, dragons.

I learned everything I could about relief printmaking and sat at my table carving away ribbons upon ribbons of linoleum until I developed my own rhythm and style. That one afternoon at summer camp sparked the artistic impulse that had lain dormant in me for so long, and in 2012 I opened this Etsy shop to sell my prints.

My style and preferences have evolved over these past six years, and my current focus is on illustration. I create surface pattern designs, cards, and paintings using both traditional and digital means (usually a combination of both). I wake up each morning full of ideas to pursue, and I feel restless when a day or two goes by when I don't get the chance to create. I'm so grateful to have finally found the thing that makes my spirit soar.

And I still love hearts and flowers, which now manifest in my folk art inspired pieces - decorative objects inspired by the simple things of beauty around me, and infused with the kind of age old symbols that resonate with people everywhere.

So I continue to draw inspiration from the folk art of my Lithuanian ancestors, as well as by the early themes and motifs of my native United States. But as enamored as I am with history, I strive to make bold and colorful new art that references the past with an eye for the future.

I hope I never have to write another technical manual again, but if I did I would embellish it.

Shop members

  • Rima

    Owner

    Hi, I'm Rima. I'm an illustrator and textile art inspired by nature, myth, and folk themes. To catch a glimpse of my process and creative life, visit me at www.rimarama.com.

Production partners

  • Printful

    Los Angeles, CA

    Print on demand drop shipping service

  • Spoonflower

    Durham, NC

    Spoonflower is a company that prints custom fabrics uploaded by its users.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 19, 2013
Welcome to my shop and thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my prints, cards, and handmade decor as much as I enjoy making them!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
My products are carefully packaged for safe transit, but if you have any issues or concerns with the state of your order upon arrival, please contact me immediately so we can work out a solution. If you have any other questions or concerns about your order when it is received, please also contact me immediately. I want you to be happy with your purchase! If a solution cannot be negotiated, refunds/exchanges are available within 14 days after receipt of the product. You will be responible for shipping costs and for returning the items to me in their original condition.
Payment
I accept PayPal and major credit cards. Please be aware that you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to make a PayPal payment. When you check out, just click the "pay by PayPal" option and follow the instructions.

Products will be shipped after payment is received. If payment hasn't been received within 7 days of order placement, I will communicate with you before canceling the order.
Shipping
All orders are shipped via USPS First Class mail to the address listed on your Etsy order (not the PayPal address). You will receive an email confirmation once your order has shipped, which will be within three business days after payment has been received.

All my prints and cards are sealed in a acid-free sleeve and shipped in a rigid, flat envelope. Larger prints are shipped in a tube.

Please contact me before ordering if you would prefer your item to ship by a different method and I will adjust your charges. If you would like additional shipping features such as insurance or a tracking number, please condo me first!

I am not responsible for merchandise that is lost or damaged during shipping. An item will be considered lost if it is not received within six weeks of the shipment date.