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 in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
Every Burdock & Bramble card is an individual, handmade, original block print. 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.
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Burdock & Bramble co-owner Heather O'Hara also loves to make books. She sneaks away from the press to teach bookbinding workshops and to work on custom book projects.
Burdock & Bramble began in Baltimore, Maryland in 2014 with a series of 7 grackle-inspired block print greeting card designs by printmaker and bookbinder Heather O'Hara. Since 2014, Burdock & Bramble has grown, now with over 200 block print designs featuring grackles, toads, and other slightly spiky everyday natural wonders. Spouse Jay Jarvis joined Heather full-time at the press in 2017 when we moved ourselves and our workshop to Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, but we remain connected to Baltimore, where our block print designs based on the beautiful, prickly world around us began.
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.
If you have any questions about Burdock & Bramble, please contact
Heather O'Hara at email@example.com
or call us at 410.246.4260