TUGBOAT PRINTSHOP'S TALE
Tugboat Printshop (Pittsburgh, PA) is an internationally recognized artist press
specializing in traditionally hand-crafted, fine art woodcut prints.
Tugboat Printshop's unique & intricate woodcut prints are created start-to-finish by hand.
Much joy is in the making; all artwork is created with grassroots can-do!
Drawings are made on 3/4" birch woodblocks, then carved in low relief using knives & chisels.
Prints are published by the artist(s) directly from the hand-carved blocks.
Quality is important: top shelf inks, fine archival papers, exacting care & handling.
The original prints produced at T.B.P.S. are limited edition & exlusive to Tugboat Printshop.
Artist/Printmaker/Founder Valerie Lueth runs operations & produces woodcuts at T.B.P.S.
Valerie's gusto for making propels the constant creation of highly intricate artworks;
to view her latest woodcut projects & works-in-progress, visit the Tugboat Shop!
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TUGBOAT PRINTSHOP | PITTSBURGH, PA
Tucked amongst rowhouses in a quiet Lawrenceville alleyway, this is Tugboat Printshop!
Braced with steel beams & bright walls lined with ink slabs, scrapers & ink cans;
an easy-to-adapt work room allowing for fluid shop activity, whatever the project.
Valerie Lueth was raised on the rural South Dakota prairie,
self-motivated to draw, build, tinker, and grow from her earliest years.
After attending the University of South Dakota and receiving her BFA in Printmaking in 2004,
she moved to Nashville, TN, working remotely as a full time video game concept artist & game texturer
while continuing to produce prints & drawings and exhibit as a working artist.
Valerie co-founded Tugboat Printshop in 2006 after moving to Pittsburgh
and has been actively producing limited edition woodcut prints since that time.
In 2016, Valerie began independently operating Tugboat, evolving from collaborative works into
body of intricately hand-crafted solo works in woodcut and drawing.
Valerie's love of art, craftsmanship, print technique, photography, writing, design,
nature, bootstrapping and sharing with others has propelled her unique path in the arts.
Valerie's drawings have been featured in New American Paintings
and the prints she has made & lent her hand to are collected worldwide.
Paul Roden co-founded Tugboat with Valerie and worked as an artist/printmaker with Tugboat for 10 years.
In 2016 Paul began a solo practice, Paul's Print Store; he no longer works at Tugboat Printshop.