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Emīls Salmiņš

I'm a tattooer by day, printmaker by night. I've always spent most of my free time working on personal art projects and studying different kind of techniques. For a long time I was practicing watercolour painting - starting from using a lot of colour and moving on to a more monochrome look. I compiled most of my watercolor paintings in a book, which is available in my shop. After releasing my book I slowly moved away from painting and found passion in printmaking - designing ideas, carving the lino and printing. I also document the printmaking process whenever I can. You can check out my videos in the video section or on my Youtube channel.

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Two Lovers Printmaking

We are lovers, best friends, and business partners. We've been making linocut and woodcut prints in a home environment since 2018. All prints are designed and carved by Emil, who is the starting point of this story. His work is rooted in traditional values, inspired by Asian art, Latvian folklore, nature, and all of the living creatures. Not long after Emil started his printmaking journey, Rūta learned the basics of printing with the press and started to print Emils carvings. This is a classic story of the apprentice becoming the master.


Rūta Salmiņa

I've been working with Emil and printing his lino carvings for 4 years now. It started as a side interest while getting my master's in clinical psychology, but with time and experience, I've grown to really enjoy the craft. I had previously enjoyed repetitive and time-consuming activities, and printmaking felt familiar in this way. It has a nice balance between being meditative and peaceful, but also challenging, which I enjoy. But the thing I enjoy the most is working side by side with Emil and seeing him evolve.

I also manage the business side of things and deal with all the orders and stuff, so hit me up in the contacts page for any questions.

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