Amy Dunn has been an ink slinger since graduating from the University of Arizona with a BFA in printmaking in 2014. She had originally started at the university with the intention of continuing a Graphic Design degree but quickly fell into printmaking when she took a Relief class as an elective. The tactile nature of carving and the satisfaction of producing an editioned print was enough to convert her to old processes. Then came Letterpress! Litho! Intaglio! Screen Print! The rest is history.
She decided to put her hopes and dreams into starting Red Collar Press and wanted the opportunity to make a living doing what she loves. Red Collar Press is named with the raddest pup to walk this planet in mind, Maggie May. Maggie was there through the best of times, and the worst of times in a young woman's life. She had it all. The fluff factor, the dedication to Amy’s happiness, low maintenance, beautiful brown eyes, love of adventure, and a fondness for eating stinky work shoes. Her memory lives on in the namesake.
Amy has lived a unique life. It started with a woman named Patty who moved to Tucson to escape the frigid winters of Minnesota after she graduated college. Wanting to be a mother, she adopted a little girl from South Korea (that’s me!). At 3 months old, the little girl was shipped over to the U.S. in 1985 and landed in Tucson, Arizona where she’s been a local ever since. The odd combination of midwest and dusty desert continued to be a source of inspiration.
Amy would like to think she’s made it on sheer talent alone but the truth in her success comes from her family and chosen family. She would be lost without the support from her mom when she chose an unstable career path, a husband who keeps her on track and helps lift all the heavy things, friends who come to countless events and markets and bought art, and an art community that constantly supports local artists. Tucson is a great place to call home.