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Aug 1, 2012

by LauraFrisk

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Laura Frisk and I currently live near the mountains by Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m a creator by nature and love anything that is hands-on, especially painting, printmaking and sculpting. I put most of my time and energy into making woodblock printed pillows inspired by animals, nature and my childhood.

I start with a doodle in my notebook, usually inspired by a hike in the mountains. When one of my scribbles stands out, I make a loose sketch of it on a piece of salvaged wood. From there, I carve out all of the wood that isn’t part of the drawing, adding detail as I go. It’s a very organic and rhythmic process – I always have music on so I can carve to the beat. I like to work in the early morning, after my husband has gone to school and I have the day to myself. I take breaks and go on walks with a cup of coffee, play with my cat, and browse Etsy. When the carving is done, I roll a brayer with eco-friendly, water-based ink over the block and hand press the image into a piece of natural fabric with a burnisher. From there, I take the print, sew it into a pillow and stuff it.

I started making my prints into pillows because I received a large bolt of fabric as a gift a few years ago and had no idea what to do with it. Sewing machines scared me; I had never really worked on anything besides paper. I browsed the web for inspiration and learned that woodblock prints (my favorite medium) were originally printed on fabric to create patterned textiles. I filled my sketchbook with ideas, and decided to try my hand at pillow making.

My fear of sewing machines subsided, and after tweaking my process and materials until they were just right, I realized I was spending more time making pillows than anything else. It was so much fun! I love how much work goes into them, and all the different processes (drawing, carving, printing, cutting, sewing and stuffing) that are needed to make each one. It’s always exciting to see them transform and come to life with my own hands.

I make art with a child’s heart and an adult’s mind. I always make things that make me happy. I try to keep my drawings ageless, so they bring color and playfulness to a room without being overwhelming. I love that my pillows have been put in nurseries, dorm rooms, living rooms and office buildings by people of all ages. The same pillow printed in a different color can have a completely different personality, which is why I let my customers pick out any ink and fabric color they like. I love that this lets them be creative in their selections – it always makes me smile to hear they had fun with their order.

I see Etsy as an opportunity for both buyers and sellers. In a world that is primarily focused on mass production, quick results and big business, there aren’t many outlets for small artisans and creative people to offer their creations to the public, especially on a large scale. Etsy is that outlet. It’s so cool that I can purchase items directly from creators all over the world on one website. It also gives the public the chance to get better quality and unique products that they will love, rather than just live with. You can always tell when an item has been made with heart and care versus when it’s assembled by a machine.

My creative business has made me dedicated to my craft, but first and foremost it has given me freedom and confidence in my work. I quit my day job (telemarketing, blah!) right after college so I could invest all my time and energy in my creations, and crossed my fingers that someone, somewhere would love them. As my shop here on Etsy slowly began to pick up, my dreams became a reality. Being fully responsible for my future and dependent on myself is scary but exhilarating. It keeps me honest, diligent, and active in my creative process. Above all, it makes me a much happier person.

All photographs by Laura Frisk.

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Plush Fox Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY COLORS. Made to order- can take 1-2 weeks.
Plush Fox Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY COLORS. Made to order- can take 1-2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
SALE 25% OFF. You pick any 3 Hand Block Printed Pillows. Choose ANY Colors.  Made to Order.
SALE 25% OFF. You pick any 3 Hand Block Printed Pillows. Choose ANY Colors. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$45.00 USD
Sloth Shaped Animal Pillow. Hugging. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to ship.
Sloth Shaped Animal Pillow. Hugging. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Luna Lovegood and a Baby Thestral Plush. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Luna Lovegood and a Baby Thestral Plush. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
SALE. 25% OFF. Choose ANY 5 Woodblock Pillows in any Colors. Hand Block Printed.  Made to order.
SALE. 25% OFF. Choose ANY 5 Woodblock Pillows in any Colors. Hand Block Printed. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$75.00 USD
Plush Hummingbird Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. Xmas Order deadline DEC 3rd
Plush Hummingbird Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. Xmas Order deadline DEC 3rd
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Merpug plush. Hand woodblock printed. Choose any colors. Made to order.
Merpug plush. Hand woodblock printed. Choose any colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Smooching Cuddle Foxes Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Made to Order.
Smooching Cuddle Foxes Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Shaped Sloth Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. LARGE 18 inches. Pick your colors. Made to Order.
Shaped Sloth Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. LARGE 18 inches. Pick your colors. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 USD
NEW Plush Deer Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
NEW Plush Deer Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Moth Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Moth Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
NEW Plush Yellow Snail Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose any Color. Made to Order.
NEW Plush Yellow Snail Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Hugging Mom and Baby Elephant Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order-Takes 1-2 weeks.
Hugging Mom and Baby Elephant Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order-Takes 1-2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Mermaid Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Made to Order.
Mermaid Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$4.00 USD
Dragon Ornament. Mini Plush. Pick Any Color. Made to Order.
Dragon Ornament. Mini Plush. Pick Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$4.00 USD
Hugging Manatee Plush Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. 11 inches. Ready to Ship.
Hugging Manatee Plush Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. 11 inches. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Flamingo Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Choose Any Color. Made to order.
Flamingo Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Choose Any Color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$4.00 USD
Plush Bunny Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to order.
Plush Bunny Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush T-rex Dinosaur Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Colors. Made to order-takes 1-2 weeks.
Plush T-rex Dinosaur Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Colors. Made to order-takes 1-2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Jane Eyre Plush. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Jane Eyre Plush. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Plush Happy Ginger Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Plush Happy Ginger Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Crying Eye Shaped Pillow. It's Ok To Cry. Eyeball. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Crying Eye Shaped Pillow. It's Ok To Cry. Eyeball. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Snake Shaped Throw Pillow. Animal Cushion. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color, Customizable. Cute Snake Design.
Snake Shaped Throw Pillow. Animal Cushion. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color, Customizable. Cute Snake Design.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Flower Shaped Pillow. Rose, Peony, Blooming Floral Pillow. Choose Any Colors, Customizable. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order.
Flower Shaped Pillow. Rose, Peony, Blooming Floral Pillow. Choose Any Colors, Customizable. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Okapi Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Pick any color. Made to order.
Okapi Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Pick any color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$4.00 USD
NEW Plush Crow or Raven Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
NEW Plush Crow or Raven Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Shark Shaped Animal Pillow Hand Block Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Shark Shaped Animal Pillow Hand Block Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Elephant Pillow. Woodblock Printed.Choose ANY Color. Made to order.
Plush Elephant Pillow. Woodblock Printed.Choose ANY Color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Horse Shaped Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Plush Horse Shaped Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Barn Owl Shaped Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Plush Barn Owl Shaped Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Lion Shaped Pillow. Choose Any Color. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Plush Lion Shaped Pillow. Choose Any Color. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Hedgehog Shaped Throw Pillow.  Choose Any Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Plush Hedgehog Shaped Throw Pillow. Choose Any Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Jackalope Shaped Pillow. Choose Any Color. Cute Decorative Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Plush Jackalope Shaped Pillow. Choose Any Color. Cute Decorative Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Mythical Creatures Ornament Set of 5. Hand Woodblock Printed. made to order 2 weeks.
Mythical Creatures Ornament Set of 5. Hand Woodblock Printed. made to order 2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Prickly Pear Cactus Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Prickly Pear Cactus Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 USD
Plush Seahorse Pillow. Hand Block Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Plush Seahorse Pillow. Hand Block Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Cactus and Succulent Ornament Set of 4. Hand woodblock Printed. Teal, Mint and Green.
Cactus and Succulent Ornament Set of 4. Hand woodblock Printed. Teal, Mint and Green.
LauraFrisk
$16.00 USD
Sloth Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped.  Made to order.
Sloth Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$4.00 USD
Unicorn Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped.Choose any Color. Made to Order.
Unicorn Ornament. Mini Plush. Hand Stamped.Choose any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$4.00 USD
Plush Grump Black Cat Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Grump Black Cat Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Buffalo Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose Your Colors.
Plush Buffalo Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose Your Colors.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Shaped Flamingo Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. LARGE 18 inches. Pick your colors. Made to Order.
Shaped Flamingo Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. LARGE 18 inches. Pick your colors. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 USD
Hand Printed Otter Throw Pillow. Woodblock Printed. 16x16. Made to Order. Choose ANY color.
Hand Printed Otter Throw Pillow. Woodblock Printed. 16x16. Made to Order. Choose ANY color.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 USD
Plush Moose Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Plush Moose Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Octopus Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Octopus Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Deer Shaped Pillow with Constellations. Printed Front and Back. Star Deer. Hand Pulled Screen Print. Ready to Ship.
Deer Shaped Pillow with Constellations. Printed Front and Back. Star Deer. Hand Pulled Screen Print. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Pug Dog Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made To Order.
Plush Pug Dog Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made To Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Customizable Plush Mermaid. Choose any hair, skin, and fin color. Hand woodblock printed from scratch. Made to order.
Customizable Plush Mermaid. Choose any hair, skin, and fin color. Hand woodblock printed from scratch. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Squirrel Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Squirrel Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Happy Acorn Pillow. Hand Block Printed. Choose Any Colors. Made to order.
Plush Happy Acorn Pillow. Hand Block Printed. Choose Any Colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Boston Terrier Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Boston Terrier Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Chicken Hen Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick Any Colors. Made to order.
Plush Chicken Hen Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick Any Colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Goat Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Goat Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Unicorn Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors. The Last Unicorn.
Plush Unicorn Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors. The Last Unicorn.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Panda Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. 1-2 weeks.
Plush Panda Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. 1-2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
It's Going to be OK. Hand woodblock printed hoop wall hanging. Ready to ship in 2-4 days.
It's Going to be OK. Hand woodblock printed hoop wall hanging. Ready to ship in 2-4 days.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
ANY of my multi colored block prints a Fabric Wall Hanging. Choose any print in any colors.
ANY of my multi colored block prints a Fabric Wall Hanging. Choose any print in any colors.
LauraFrisk
$15.00 USD
Plush Axolotl Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors.
Plush Axolotl Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Pig Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY color. Made to Order.
Plush Pig Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Witch Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors. Made to Order.
Plush Witch Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD

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