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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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New Fox Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY COLORS. Made to order- can take 1-2 weeks.
New Fox Shaped Animal 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 Pillow. Literary Character Linocut Print.  Hand Woodblock Printed. READY TO SHIP.
Luna Lovegood and a Baby Thestral Pillow. Literary Character Linocut Print. Hand Woodblock Printed. READY TO SHIP.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Goat Shaped Farm Animal Pillow. Goat Plushie. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Goat Shaped Farm Animal Pillow. Goat Plushie. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Custom Wholesale Order for Glitterbox
Custom Wholesale Order for Glitterbox
LauraFrisk
$224.00 USD
Custom Order For Jessica. 6 animal shaped pillows with custom baby blanket backing and 1 Luna Lovegood pillow.
Custom Order For Jessica. 6 animal shaped pillows with custom baby blanket backing and 1 Luna Lovegood pillow.
LauraFrisk
$103.00 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
Palmistry Linocut Print. 12x12 inches. Ready to Ship.
Palmistry Linocut Print. 12x12 inches. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Baby Goat Face Pillow. Hand Screen Printed. Ready to Ship.
Baby Goat Face Pillow. Hand Screen Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Cute Bat Shaped Animal Pillow.  Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick ANY Color. Made to order.
Cute Bat Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick ANY Color. 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
Foxes Shaped Animal Pillow. Kissing Cuddle Foxes. Couple Gift. Hand Woodblock Printed. Made to Order.
Foxes Shaped Animal Pillow. Kissing Cuddle Foxes. Couple Gift. Hand Woodblock Printed. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Jane Eyre Plush. Literary Character Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Jane Eyre Plush. Literary Character Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Prickly Pear Cactus Pillow. Cactus Shaped Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
Prickly Pear Cactus Pillow. Cactus Shaped Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$22.00 USD
Bird Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Bird Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Farmers Market Bunny Girl Plush. Printed on Both Sides. Hand Screen Printed.Limited Edition. Ready to Ship.
Farmers Market Bunny Girl Plush. Printed on Both Sides. Hand Screen Printed.Limited Edition. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Chicken Shaped Farm Animal Pillow.  Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick Any Colors. Made to order.
Chicken Shaped Farm Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick Any Colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Narwhal Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to order.
Narwhal Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Jackalope Shaped Animal Pillow. Choose Any Color. Cute Decorative Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Jackalope Shaped Animal Pillow. Choose Any Color. Cute Decorative Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed To Order. Takes 1 week to make.
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
Baby Bear Pillow. Hand Screen Printed. Ready To Ship.
Baby Bear Pillow. Hand Screen Printed. Ready To Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Sassy Tiger Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Pulled Screenprint. Grumpy Face. Ready to Ship.
Sassy Tiger Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Pulled Screenprint. Grumpy Face. Ready to Ship.
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 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
Moth Shaped Animal Pillow. Moth Plushie. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Moth Shaped Animal Pillow. Moth Plushie. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Snail Shaped Animal pillow. Snail Plushie. Woodblock Printed. Choose any Color. Made to Order.
Snail Shaped Animal pillow. Snail Plushie. Woodblock Printed. Choose any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Wolf Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Wolf Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Hand Printed Otter Throw Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose ANY color.
Hand Printed Otter Throw Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose ANY color.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 USD
Raccoon Shaped Animal Pillow.  Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick your colors. Made to order.
Raccoon Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick your colors. 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
Pug Dog Mermaid Shaped Animal Pillow. Merpug. Hand woodblock printed. Choose any colors. Made to order.
Pug Dog Mermaid Shaped Animal Pillow. Merpug. Hand woodblock printed. Choose any colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Ginger Shaped Pillow. Ginger Root. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Ginger Shaped Pillow. Ginger Root. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Platypus Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Your Colors. Made to Order.
Platypus Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Your Colors. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Dragon Shaped Animal PIllow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Colors. Made to Order. Takes 1-2 Weeks to Make.
Dragon Shaped Animal PIllow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY Colors. Made to Order. Takes 1-2 Weeks to Make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Mr. Darcy Shaped Pillow Plushie. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Mr. Darcy Shaped Pillow Plushie. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Sloth Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. LARGE 18 inches. Pick your colors. Made to Order.
Sloth Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. LARGE 18 inches. Pick your colors. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$28.00 USD
Grumpy Black Cat Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Grumpy Black Cat Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Pig Shaped Farm Animal Pillow.  Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY color. Made to Order.
Pig Shaped Farm Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Unicorn Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors. The Last Unicorn.
Unicorn Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose ANY colors. The Last Unicorn.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Cat Mermaid Shaped Animal Pillow. Purrmaid. Hand Woodblock printed. Choose any custom colors. Made to order.
Cat Mermaid Shaped Animal Pillow. Purrmaid. Hand Woodblock printed. Choose any custom colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Fox Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Fox Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Llama Shaped Animal Pillow. Alpaca Plushie. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose ANY color.
Llama Shaped Animal Pillow. Alpaca Plushie. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose ANY color.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Hugging Manatee Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
Hugging Manatee Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Corgi Dog Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand woodblock printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to order
Corgi Dog Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand woodblock printed. Choose ANY Color. Made to order
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Gnome Shaped Pillow.  Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. 1-2 weeks.
Gnome Shaped Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order. 1-2 weeks.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
It's Going to be OK. 12x12 Round Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed.  Ready to Ship.
It's Going to be OK. 12x12 Round Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready to Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Bear Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose Any Color.
Bear Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Made to Order. Choose Any Color.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Sasquatch Shaped Animal Pillow. Bigfoot Plushie. Pacific Northwest. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick any colors. Made to order.
Sasquatch Shaped Animal Pillow. Bigfoot Plushie. Pacific Northwest. Hand Woodblock Printed. Pick any colors. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Elephant Shaped PIllow. Hand Woodblock Printed.Choose ANY Color. Made to order.
Elephant Shaped PIllow. Hand Woodblock Printed.Choose ANY Color. Made to order.
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
Whale Shaped Animal Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Whale Shaped Animal Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Constellation Hair Linocut Print. 12x12 inch. Embroidery Hoop Art. Sweet Woodcut Print. Space Theme.
Constellation Hair Linocut Print. 12x12 inch. Embroidery Hoop Art. Sweet Woodcut Print. Space Theme.
LauraFrisk
$18.00 USD
Squirrel Shaped Animal Pillow.  Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Squirrel Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Palmistry Plush Pillow. 12 Inches Round. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready To Ship.
Palmistry Plush Pillow. 12 Inches Round. Hand Woodblock Printed. Ready To Ship.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Turtle Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. made to order.
Turtle Shaped Animal Pillow. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Bunny Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to order.
Bunny Shaped Animal Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Plush Boston Terrier Shaped Animal Pillow. Dog Plushie. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
Plush Boston Terrier Shaped Animal Pillow. Dog Plushie. Hand Woodblock Printed. Choose Any Color. Made to Order.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 USD
Barn Owl Shaped Animal Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
Barn Owl Shaped Animal Pillow. Choose ANY Color. Hand Woodblock Printed to Order. Takes 1 week to make.
LauraFrisk
$20.00 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

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