Artist Bio

Betsy Stecker

Linoprint artist and sewist

As a printmaker I draw original sketches onto linoleum blocks, carve the illustrations in relief with woodcarving tools, roll ink onto the cut lino, and print the blocks onto paper or cloth ... all by hand. As a sewist I design and sew home textiles that are blockprinted with my art.

I went into printmaking because I love the idea of 'multiple originals.' Printmaking is a special medium, allowing the artist to invest time, talent, and sweat in the master block, and then giving her license to share it over and over. Each original print is slightly unique, reliably flawed (even if only the artist knows how), yet consistently beautiful. Nature, the subject of almost all my art, is the ultimate printmaker. When you pick a daisy, you don’t feel the need or the greed to pick every daisy. You eyed one daisy, plucked it from the ground, put it into a bud vase, and called it yours. Printmaking -- the artful act of duplication -- gives the same result.

My art is inspired by pristine and natural places in northern Michigan, the mitten state. I choose to illustrate and carve nature because I marvel at how pattern, function, and simplicity result in a beautiful lifeform that is rewarding to capture as an artist. I am self-taught.

Big Mitten Linocuts prints and textiles are signed originals, not reproductions, and each piece truly is made one at a time. I’m so very pleased to share it with you!

"The arts are a very human way of making life more bearable.

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.

Do it as well as you possibly can.

You will get an enormous reward ...

you will have created something."

Kurt Vonnegut