husband and wife artist team valerie lueth and paul roden make up tugboat printshop. the couple calls pittsburgh, pa home and their printshop operates out of the first floor of the brick rowhouse (talk about an easy commute!). i love how the space so easily jives to serve both purposes, yet feels so liveable. not only are they surrounded by beautiful natural wood accents in their home, all of their work is carved out of woodblocks which is pretty amazing, so don’t miss “about our printshop” on their site to see their work come to life (and click here for additional images from their space). thanks for the great sneak peek into your home/office, valerie and paul. keep up the good work! -anne
[above: Our narrow hallway entrance. The whole house has 10 ft ceilings, which is nice since the rooms are all pretty narrow. We're still working on the staircase...we torment ourselves trying to decide if we should keep the natural wood or paint over.]
One of our printshop cats, Babu, and his favorite spot.
CLICK HERE for the rest of the tugboat sneak peek (and all images on one page) after the jump!
View from the printshop into the dining room, that operates as a workroom most hours of the day. We built the dining room table from an antique slab of bowling alley & found four table legs salvage at CONSTRUCTION JUNCTION (the ultimate young-homebuyers-refurbishing-old-houses hotspot)–the little almond cabinet with the floral glass doors we craigslisted and gussied up with a new coat of paint. Posters above the cabinet are by MAT DALY for the Renegade Craft Fair. Woodblocks leaning against the cabinet are our “America the Beautiful” color separations.
Antique dark oak secretary in our dining room/workroom. Piece above desk is by APAK, water tower porcelain sculpture is by UP IN THE AIR SOMEWHERE, small tugboat sculpture (irresistible!) by KG+AB.
Nice little nook in our dining room/workroom. The piece over the cabinet is a collaboration between Paul and Michael Krueger (artist + professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence).
Looking into our little “living room” printshop from the main hallway of the house. We print all of our woodblocks on this 36″ x 60″ Conrad etching press. The big animal linocut over the black slate fireplace is by BILL FICK. We also operate online, travel often to fairs (if you want to see us & our prints in person), and schedule studio visits by appointment locally.
Wooden rail tub + sink original to the house. We sanded down the oak rail that had been painted over. Now it’s all shiny, smooth and sealed up. Can’t see in this picture, but we put in little white penny tiles on the floor. So it is a very clean, refreshing room overall. We’re in the process of rearranging all of our other rooms upstairs, so no pictures yet…