Meet Elisheba Bagrow of Lichen & Pines Letterpress
This is a tricky one! I have moved a lot in my life, was born in Germany and lived in Tennessee the longest, but Montana is what I call my heart-home.
What do you make?
I use the technique of letterpress printing to make greeting and business cards, wedding invitation suites and other various paper things.
Where do you create?
I am a proud owner of a garage studio, my press is pretty large so it needs a big door to get through!
What else have you done, other than being an artist?
I worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 6 years doing everything from building trails, packing with mules, to being a River Ranger. That was a really good time in my life and have held other jobs such as working at a creamery, lifeguarding, and a lot of retail. Currently, I work at a bakery and since not having worked in a kitchen before, I appreciate the variety.
What inspires you?
Nature has always been and continues to be my biggest source of inspiration and peace. If I can help it, all of my work will have an element of nature. Especially flowers.
What's the hardest thing about being an artist?
That word, that label is so complex in our time. The hardest part of selling my art is making sure to remember to create for myself and just creating for creating's sake.
How do you combat creative blocks?
Do a little bit at a time. This idea that we are supposed to sit down and do it all at once is silly. If I am not feeling inspired or I feel the weight of a particular project, I will start with the smallest amount of time working on it, then step away for a little, then come back and do a small amount again.
What makes you feel alive?
Who (or what or where) warms your heart?
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is a special place, I have never known an expanse of land like that. My family is very important to me and I have many good, dear friends.