burdock pattern pillow cover_Karin Mansberg

BLOCKprintedArt is ongoing project and it is bringing together printmaking, illustration…and family. In 2014 I started making hand printed kitchen towels under the name of BLOCKprintedArt.

BLOCKprintedArt towel with labelSince then I have expanded into making fashion accessories in limited editions: I hand print my designs onto linen or cotton fabric; I use that fabric to sew series of tote bags and scarves. Recently I decided to try Spoonflower’s digital fabric printing service to print yardage of silk with my Cat and Moth pattern. The results were stunning – I truly enjoyed the flexibility of further tweaking the hand cut pattern digitally by creating three different color ways for the same pattern.

Making things has been in my family long before I was born. My grandfather was trained furniture maker: china cabinet, wardrobe and lawn chairs are some of my favorite things he made. My great-grandmother and her sisters were good in various kind of hand crafts. There was never a shortage of wool socks or mittens in our house. My mom loves to crochet, which I  am horrible at but I appreciate my kitchen towels with lace!

Inspiration for the patterns comes from growing up close to nature and many of the plants I use in prints are ones that grow in the garden of my childhood home in Estonia. For example, my rowan berry towels remind me about a rowan tree being a protector of home in Estonia. Many of the plants I choose for patterns have personal significance to me, such as the lily. There is a picture of my great-grandmother, Ida, posing for her 80th birthday holding white lilies; she loved all kinds of flowers but because of this one photo, when I see a lily flower it reminds me of her and kindness. Stories play an important part in my images.

My work has been at the Washington Artist Association Holiday Show in Washington Depot, Connecticut.

Find my limited edition accessories and scarves at

 Safari Collective in New Milford, CT

 Workspace Collective in Danbury, CT.



2 Responses to “BLOCKprintedArt”
  1. Rosalina says:

    beautiful ! thanks for sharing || rosa ||

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