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Featured Shop: Laura Frisk

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
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
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
Constellation Hair Linocut Print. 12x12 inch.
Constellation Hair Linocut Print. 12x12 inch.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 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
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
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 Yellow Snail Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Yellow Snail Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Skull Shaped Pillow. Cute Spooky Accent Pillow. Hand Pulled Screenprint. Ready to Ship. Durable Canvas.
Skull Shaped Pillow. Cute Spooky Accent Pillow. Hand Pulled Screenprint. Ready to Ship. Durable Canvas.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 USD
SALE 25% OFF. You pick any 3 Hand Block Printed Pillows. Choose ANY 3 Designs in any Colors.
SALE 25% OFF. You pick any 3 Hand Block Printed Pillows. Choose ANY 3 Designs in any Colors.
LauraFrisk
$45.00 USD
Plush Baby Seal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Baby Seal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
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
Plush Happy Ginger Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Plush Happy Ginger Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
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
ANY of my small woodblock prints as a  Fabric Wall Hanging. 11x14. Choose ANY print and any color.
ANY of my small woodblock prints as a Fabric Wall Hanging. 11x14. Choose ANY print and any color.
LauraFrisk
$15.00 USD
Plush Koala Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick your colors. Made to order.
Plush Koala Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick your colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Mr. Darcy Shaped Pillow. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Mr. Darcy Shaped Pillow. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 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
Jane Eyre Plush. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Jane Eyre Plush. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 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
Floral Lamb Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. Xmas Order deadline DEC 3rd
Floral Lamb Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. Xmas Order deadline DEC 3rd
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Plush Black Sheep Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Black Sheep Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Purrmaid Plush. Hand Woodblock printed. Choose any custom colors. Made to order.
Purrmaid Plush. Hand Woodblock printed. Choose any custom colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 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
Plush Deer Pillow in Grey. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Deer Pillow in Grey. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 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
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
SALE. 25% OFF. Choose ANY 5 Small Pillows in any Colors. Hand Block Printed.  Made to order.
SALE. 25% OFF. Choose ANY 5 Small Pillows in any Colors. Hand Block Printed. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$75.00 USD
Plush Gnome Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. 1-2 weeks.
Plush Gnome Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. 1-2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 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
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 Whale Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Large throw pillow. Choose your color. Made to order.
Plush Whale Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Large throw pillow. Choose your color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 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
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
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
Plush Fox Pillow in Yellow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Fox Pillow in Yellow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Bear Pillow in Coral. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose Any Color.
Plush Bear Pillow in Coral. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose Any Color.
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
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
Sleeping Deer Pillow. Hand Block Printed. Large 18 inches. Pick your colors. Sleep Tight.
Sleeping Deer Pillow. Hand Block Printed. Large 18 inches. Pick your colors. Sleep Tight.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 USD
Succulent Shaped Pillow. Cactus pillow. Handle With Care Pot. Hand Pulled Screenprint. Ready to Ship.
Succulent Shaped Pillow. Cactus pillow. Handle With Care Pot. Hand Pulled Screenprint. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 USD
Fear Not. Comforting Constellation. 16x16 Square Linen Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Comes Stuffed.
Fear Not. Comforting Constellation. 16x16 Square Linen Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Comes Stuffed.
LauraFrisk
$25.00 USD
Plush Crow or Raven Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Plush Crow or Raven Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
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
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 Saguaro Cactus Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Plush Saguaro Cactus Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 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
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
Gardening Witch Screen Print. Round Accent Pillow. Crow Familiar. Black and White Print. 12x12 inches. Ready to ship.
Gardening Witch Screen Print. Round Accent Pillow. Crow Familiar. Black and White Print. 12x12 inches. Ready to ship.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 USD
SALE. 25% OFF. Woodland Creatures Collection. You Pick 5 Plush Animal Pillows. Choose Any Colors. Xmas Order deadline DEC 3rd
SALE. 25% OFF. Woodland Creatures Collection. You Pick 5 Plush Animal Pillows. Choose Any Colors. Xmas Order deadline DEC 3rd
LauraFrisk
$75.00 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
Still Growing. Hand Woodblock Printed Hoop Art. Ready to Ship in 2-4 days.
Still Growing. Hand Woodblock Printed Hoop Art. Ready to Ship in 2-4 days.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Palmistry Linocut Print. 12x12 inches. Ready to Ship.
Palmistry Linocut Print. 12x12 inches. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Plush Wolf Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Wolf Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Bat Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick ANY Color. Made to order.
Plush Bat Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick ANY Color. 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
Cat Nap in Space Pillow. Round Accent Pillow. Hand Pulled Screenprint. 12x12 inches. Ready to ship.
Cat Nap in Space Pillow. Round Accent Pillow. Hand Pulled Screenprint. 12x12 inches. Ready to ship.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 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
Plush Animal Ornaments Set of 5. Hand Woodblock Printed.
Plush Animal Ornaments Set of 5. Hand Woodblock Printed.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 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

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