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Tennessee, United States 648 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
Shona Cowart

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Shona Cowart


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A. Socrates

A. Socrates on Sep 14, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Card looks great, can't wait to use it. Thank you!


marybytheriver on May 13, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Fast delivery, beautiful gnominess in letterpress. Someone special will be the lucky recipient. Thank you.

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I started LALA dex press after graduating from college. With my graduation money I bought a 1890 tabletop platen press and assembled the basic tools: one set of moveable type, a scattering of furniture, and a few vintage dingbats and cuts. Over the next few years I bought the contents of a press and pieced out the good stuff to fill in the large gaps .

Greatly influenced by a 5 hour visit to Yee-Haw Industries in Knoxville, TN (which sadly closed it's doors in 2012), I changed my direction from traditional fine printing to linocut carving and found that I started to have a lot more fun and my work got a lot more attention. I incorporated my strong interest in legends and folklore, in addition to silly pieces, like my most popular print "Gnomes make me happy," into cards, t-shirts, and small edition broadsides printed on handmade paper.

LALA dex press is a one-woman show with a "have fun and it will show in the work" philosophy. And because I am often asked, LALA is for Los Angeles (AKA: LALA land) and dex is for my big black fuzzy cat, Dexter, named for CK Dexter Haven in "The Philadelphia Story."


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  • Shona Cowart

    Owner, Designer, Printer

    Hi, my name is Shona and I was born in Los Angeles, California. I lived there for the first 26 years of my life and now live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where I have a little house + a little printmaking studio.

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Last updated on February 7, 2011

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