We’re thrilled to have Lion Stone Press as a first-time vendor at ScrantonMade Holiday Market! Kirby’s designs are bold, cheerful & meticulously crafted. We can’t wait to pick up some of her letterpressed Christmas cards to give to family and friends! Check out Lion Stone Press at the Holiday Market!
Tell us a little bit about Lion Stone Press.
Hi! My name is Kirby and I’m the owner of Lion Stone Press, a printmaking and design studio hidden in the Hills Section of Scranton. I started Lion Stone this fall as a way to combine thoughtful, personal design with traditional printmaking methods. Every step of production is done in my studio where I design, print, cut, and finish the work by hand. I am so excited to be included in ScrantonMade this year where we will be launching Lion Stone’s first line of Christmas cards!
Have you always been an artist?
Art has always been in my life through school or as a hobby. I graduated in 2013 from Brown University where I studied art and art history, but like so many recent college graduates I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. I tried several options including working in fashion in New York City, going to architecture grad school, and doing variety of jobs to pay the rent.
When I tried printmaking I knew that I’d found the perfect thing for me. I studied art in college but I didn’t take printmaking, so on a whim I decided to take a class on the subject at Marywood with wonderful professor named Peter Hoffer. Peter’s class got me hooked immediately. After the class was through I continued to work on my own and started working professionally about a year ago.
What are your biggest design inspirations?
I’m inspired by hard work, precision, and meticulousness in all disciplines, creative and otherwise. It may sound mundane but I’m also inspired by the act of getting up and going to work every day. In my own work I try to pay attention to the details during every step of the process, so I look to things that show discipline and craftsmanship.
I also try to look at art that I’ve never seen before on a daily basis through websites like Artsy, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Some artists I always come back to are Leonard Baskin, Henri Michaux, Clare Rojas, and Rembrandt. Everyday experiences also inspire me: the architecture around Scranton, hearing a great podcast, or watching my cat Freddie Mercury play my dog Wilma.
What are you planning to have for sale at ScrantonMade Holiday Market?
I will be selling letterpress holiday cards (including a Scranton-themed card or two), block-printed gift wrap, and large prints of iconic buildings around the area.
Do you have a current favorite design?
I don’t have a favorite yet but I’m especially excited about the prints of Scranton buildings. I’m still in the process of designing them! They will most likely be 11” x 14.”
Tell us about the custom work that you offer.
Although I work in a small studio I love taking on ambitious projects. Over the past six months I’ve made everything from wood-engraved invitations to book-style wedding programs to a large accordion-fold illustrated map. I love getting to know the people I work with and translating who they are into the prints. I just did a wedding suite for a great couple from Baltimore, and they have two cats and a pet pig! They love their animals, so the cats and pig featured prominently in designs. I am planning on bringing samples of my custom work to ScrantonMade in case people are interested.
Find out more about Lion Stone Press:
Online shop: lionstonepress.com
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