Friday, 30 January 2009

Blog Interview: Deconstructed Artichoke Press

Nikki Thompson

Company/Etsy Site:
Deconstructed Artichoke Press

San Francisco

How long has your Etsy shop been open?
October 2007

How did you get into crafting?
I’ve always been into crafting. When I was little I used to needlepoint and cross-stitch. My mom was a huge influence back then.

How did Etsy come into your life?
My friend, Sue Angebranndt, of Green Chair Press ( convinced me that all I had to do was take some pictures and make a banner ad, and presto! I’d have an Etsy page.

What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
I’m very active with the San Francisco Center for the Book. I’ve been in lots of shows in the Bay Area and beyond. For a long time, I was editor of the etc., a Pacific Center for the Book Arts (PCBA) bimonthly newsletter. I also participate in book arts fairs in the Bay Area: PCBA Book Arts and Printers Fair, Book Arts Jam, SFCB Steamroller, and a few more.

Do you have a day job?
Yep, I’m a Special Education Teacher at the continuation school in South San Francisco.

Tell us about your shop:Does anyone help you?

What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Learn how to make your product well.

What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
Glueing! But it’s fun!

Do you show your work locally?
Yes, and not locally too. I’ve been in shows in New York state and Colorado.

Famous last words?
Oh, my god, do I have to cut all that paper down!?

How did you get interested in bookmaking?
I took a class on Book Design, and I heard about this place called San Francisco Center for the Book and this thing called, Book Arts. So I signed up for Bookmaking I and took that and loved it. While I was in the class, I heard about a woman named Betsy Davids, who taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC). I decided to apply for an MFA in Creative Writing at CCAC, because I wanted to do Book Arts and study with Betsy Davids. I took a class with her, we became friends, and now I use her press (a Vandercook SP-15) out in Berkeley.

How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
I started bookmaking around 2000. Since then, I've made books that are for sale with Another Room Book Arts (, Vamp and Tramp (, and The Stop at Minnesota Center For Book Arts (

What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I like this structure I learned from Kumi Korf, a book artist and architect in New York, I’m not sure what it’s called. It’s a series of books sewn to an accordion. Some people say it looks like a roman shade.

What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
Xacto knife

Materials you use for your books?
Davey board, book cloth, paper, letterpress printing, Gocco printing, other random things

What inspires you?
Architecture, science, baseball

Who is your crafting hero?
The girls at Podpost, Carolee and Jennie

Guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, especially dark

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