Tamara Wenderlich of Corrales and her husband Neal Wenderlich, took a leap last year into starting their own home goods shop in Old Town. Their shop Collected Hands Studio sells original screen printed pillows, throws, towels etc. Along with Tamara’s digital designs which are inspired by the New Mexico landscape and wild creatures. Neal sells his handmade furniture at the store as well. The shop also accepts commissions. The Wenderlich’s believe the best part of owning their own business is the people they get to meet in their shop, “even if they don’t purchase anything just having people come in and appreciate our work, makes us believe we are on the right path,” Tamara said. Their shop can be found at the Old Town patio market. /Shot for the Rio Rancho Observer.
Wenderlich’s initial sketch and hand printed linens dry at her Corrales home studio. She creates all her work at home and by hand, and some is digitally printed.
Wenderlich applies ink onto a screen that will then be pressed to create the screen print onto the linen.
All the hand printed linens are created with a eco friendly ink that is non toxic and machine washable.
One of Wenderlich’s designs consists of a humming bird. After each cloth is pressed with ink the screen is lifted to see the final product. Wenderlich is self taught and says her “methods are unconventional.”