My name is Emily and I grew up in a small town in Wyoming that swelled with travelers in the summer on their way to Yellowstone. I am obsessed with all things roadside, retro and cowgirl! I collect vintage travel things, and I design and hand print modern souvenirs inspired by that tradition.
I taught myself to screen print after being inspired by a trip to a vintage store in in Tucson, Arizona. There I found my first Harwood Steiger fabric. I went on to learn about his studio and his process, how he hand printed fabric and designed patterns to sell to the touring snow birds in Tubac, Arizona, in the 1950s and 1960s. I was really taken with the simple, satisfying beauty of ink on fabric.
Paintbrush Print Company is named after the Wyoming state flower. PPC's logo is graphically inspired by the 1938 humorous Paint-Brush Map of Wyoming. My work is all about continuing the tradition of collecting trinkets and souvenirs - small momentos from a special time and place that make people happy.
My process is simple. I print with one color. All the ink is water-based and non-toxic. Taking something from an idea to a printed piece is a lot of work and I do it all myself. My goal is always to make things that are not an image slapped on fabric, but look as if they always were they way they are.
I do wholesale and sell in a limited number of retailers at this time. I am also open to special requests and am happy to help out other small businesses with their screen printing needs.