Quality craftsmanship, with the stamp of human hands.
Naomi Wallen is a native South Floridian artist with a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, working primarily in printmaking and ceramics. Concerned with archetypes and storytelling, Naomi enjoys creating compositions that elevate mundane objects into things of beauty and contemplation. Believing in the philosophy that the artist imbues their work with life, she strives for work that speaks for itself and retains what she calls “the stamp of human hands.” Approaching form as a translation of visual narrative, she seeks the distillation of meaning that hides within and communicates to the viewer silently and of its own accord.
Print + Pyre was a vision years in the making. Each piece is dreamed, designed, and created with a critical and trained eye. Prints are made on cardstock or other surfaces using Speedball screen printing inks. Pottery goods are wheel thrown; each decorated piece was painted individually before the final glaze firing. Every single item in my shop has been handmade, and will therefore show the "artist's touch."
I believe that art should be shared, and in the vein of that philosophy, I endeavor to provide quality goods at a reasonable range of prices. Everyone deserves to enjoy a little beauty, without the resignation of an outrageous price tag. By shopping small and supporting an independent artist, you also have the satisfaction of owning an original product that isn't on shelves everywhere.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PRINT + PYRE
For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with design. I used to marvel over book covers and pretty notebooks, or spend vast amounts of time choosing the perfect greeting card for a friend. The thought always rested within: I want to make my own. When I discovered screen printing at the end of my college career, I fell in love. During my time working at a local art center, I was able to explore this new medium while having access to a fully equipped studio and a high level of instruction. Soon after, the “print” part of Print + Pyre was born.
When I began my studies at university, I had never touched clay. After an interview with my advisor, I accepted an offer to be his studio assistant, and found myself elbow deep in mud by mid-afternoon. Thus began my love for pottery, as an art form with a tactile nature that I craved in a quiet, visceral way. Loosely defined, a pyre is a pile of materials to be burned, like the kind that might be employed in primitive pit firings. Taking this fire element from the study of pottery, the second half of my shop name rose from the ashes.
print + PYRE
It is my hope that you may find beauty in the things that I create, and in that small way I may touch your life. Please browse my offerings on Etsy, and follow me on Instagram for a slice of this artist’s life. Thank you for visiting my website. I hope to hear from you soon!