My name is Julianna Kirwin and I have been designing and printing my own images for twenty years. Until last year, my focus was on the original prints I created on paper. But in 2015 I was asked to do a workshop for The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Participants of an International Design Summit would need my help to create and print their designs onto cotton bags they would take home. The success of that workshop led me to start printing my own line of wearable hand-printed bags.
Why do I love printmaking? It’s an art-form that was part of the Mexican tradition of “arte popular,” folk art made by hand and reflecting the culture of a particular place.
Here in my neighborhood, those folk traditions are still part of every day life.
I hope you will enjoy these hand printed bags that depict some of my favorite poets, composers, animals and local scenes. Each bag is designed and printed in my studio on Mountain Road in the heart of Albuquerque.