Tugboat Printshop Moon Print


I was a printmaking major in college, so a little part of my heart feels a tug when I see beautifully executed prints and carvings. This beautiful large-scale print, ‘The Moon” by Tugboat Printshop is a great example. This print was a collaborative piece of artwork between Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth. They’ve been running Tugboat Printshop together since 2006 and their latest print is an incredibly detailed look at the surface of the moon. They shared some beautiful process and detail shots with us, as well as the finished piece, which is part of a limited edition. If you want to check it out in more detail, or pick up a framed (or unframed) version, you can click here for more information. Thanks, Valerie and Paul! xo, grace



  1. That is so incredible!!

  2. This is stunning! Great work Tugboat Printshop It shows real craftsmanship. It is exactly what i am loving at the moment. Being a textile and surface designer, i am always on the prowl for interesting work and this so refreshing to me. Is anyone else done with digital printing for a bit? I am loving painstakingly slow and detailed work right now. Do you know Fanny Shorter http://annemariejackson.com/patternoccurring/2013/5/22/fanny-shorter. She is another excellent printmaker. Power to the print!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful!!! Would be lovely in my family room. Thanks for sharing!

  4. holly says:

    This is awesome! I know these guys from local stuff around Pittsburgh. Their work is quality stuff, for sure!!!

  5. Sarah says:

    Well, dang it, Grace. Our little one developed some medical issues last year, and we weren’t able to purchase this. My last hope was that it wouldn’t sell out, and I eventually could swoop in after all the medical bills were paid. Way to crush my dream, postin’ it on your great blog and all…

    Seriously, though… We love these artists. We have no budget for art but will scrimp and save for their work. It has taken us years to buy and frame two prints. Totally worth it. Wonderful saturated colors and quirky compositions. When my dad went into hospice, he and my mom then sent me another two prints as my “future” presents, to stand in for the holidays we wouldn’t have together.

    In short, if you are having a flush year, these are wonderful artists to support.

  6. Cindy G. says:

    If I had the extra cash, this would so be hanging on my wall! It’s gorgeous! I do have a small stipend coming my way… and if I don’t have to split it, and they still have them in stock… It would be a total splurge, but man, oh man! So worth it!

  7. Just beautiful. I went onto the site and they have many wonderful prints at different price points and sizes. Their work is exquisite.

  8. ri gal says:

    Noooooo! I was looking forward to the editor’s letter so much. June. It’s June. Your birthday, my birthday… Grace…!
    I hope you do include something other than party as well, this month. I love spending my b’day alone, all by myself.
    When I turned twenty two years ago, it was your post that made me realise that leaving my teen years wouldn’t be all that scary. I was crap scared before that.

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      ri gal

      there’s both an editor’s letter and a birthday post coming. they’re biggies. stay tuned.

      grace

  9. ri gal says:

    And yeah, the print! It reminds me of old folk tales about the moon I used to read when I was small. Very 3-D looking too.

  10. minouette says:

    I’ve long been a fan of Tugboat Printshop! They make amazing work. As a printmaker myself, I love that they share their process photos too. I would love to have any of their woodblocks in my home.

  11. Jen Niff says:

    I so wish I could afford this beautiful print. I hate not having money for great art. I totally think it is worth every penny- but a starving artist myself it’s so hard to support other starving artists! Beautiful print. Amazing job.

  12. T. Smith says:

    I just love Design*Sponge so much! That’s all.

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