Maker Interview: Bailey Schmidt

Illustrator, printer, plant lover… Bailey combines all the things she loves into stunning monochrome lino prints.

Who are you? 
I’m Bailey, the artist behind Young Schmidt Prints. I’m originally from America but am now living in the midlands with my husband and our two dogs - Murph and Eddie.
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What do you Make/Do?
I make bold, botanical-inspired linocut prints. I like to say I’m a printmaker & illustrator, because the two go hand in hand for me. When I’m not working from home in my little studio, I work part time at a florist/plant shop so pretty much everything in my life is currently revolving around flora.
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Do you have a background in craft and design - when did you first start making?
I don’t have a very formal background, but I’ve always been artistic and crafty, ranging from illustration to embroidery. Printmaking started somewhat recently and a bit by chance. I was visiting my parents in North Carolina when I mentioned I’d like to give it a whirl, and my also-crafty mother happened to have a beginners printmaking kit somewhere in the house. After that, I fell in love with the process and developed my own style, which has evolved into what Young Schmidt Prints looks like today.
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Can you describe your typical making process?
There’s two difference scenarios that usually happen. Sometimes I have a random burst of inspiration, and am able to quickly sketch up the idea and love the end result. The more realistic process, however, is more of a struggle. It starts with me sketching an idea, hating it, abandoning it, and then finding it a month later when I have the patience to work through it again. I think most creative people can relate to the mood swings you experience when critiquing your own work, but I think the challenging, frustrating ones end up being some of the best.
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What do you enjoy most about the process?
I love the actual act of carving the lino because all of the overthinking is done. I’m constantly making small adjustments in my illustrations to get the composition just right, so it’s a relief when I feel i’ve finally nailed it. Once that illustration is on the lino, I can zone out and just follow my lines. It’s very relaxing.
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Can you describe your studio/workspace?
My studio is a little space in the back of my home, where it’s flooded with natural light. I’m surrounded by houseplants, art supplies, and inspiring work from other artists I admire. I mostly work at my desk but I have a little cart that floats around which carries my new printing press and all of the messier supplies that come with it.
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What keeps you going whilst you work - soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy sidekick?
I’m typically working with a coffee on my desk and Netflix in the background. It’s easy to get lost in a lino when you begin carving, so I like to have programs on that are just soothing to listen to, primarily anything David Attenborough narrates. I have two fluffy sidekicks named Murph and Eddie, although I can’t say they do much besides look adorable and interrupt me to let me know there's a pigeon in the garden.
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What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Hopefully more colour! I love the bold contrast of black & white, but I’m branching out to experiment with more colour, and loving the results. I’d also like to have a few enamel pins and smaller prints available.
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Three things you can’t live without: 
My iPad & Apple Pencil, Ryan Adams music, and every single Lush product.
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Three favourite places: 
University of Michigan football stadium, my sofa when the dogs are feeling cuddly, and the houseplant section of literally any garden centre. 
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Three favourite foods:
Anything texmex, coconut cream pie, and bagels. If you didn’t know I was American before, you do now.
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You can see a selection of Bailey's aprons in the Prints + Wall Art collection here.
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Botanical Succulent Linoprint