Hi, I am Ali Baecker, the artist behind 3 Dotted Penguins. I am a printmaker, teacher and surface designer living in Zurich, Switzerland.
I use the medium of block printing to explore pattern and surface designs. All my designs come to life through the meditative and slow process of carving blocks by hand and building up prints and patterns by placing inked block after block. My work is inspired by my daydreams about the (far away) sea and my everyday adventures (near and far) and influenced by my engineering background and my love for geometrical shapes.
3 Dotted Penguins started as a block printing adventure in 2018 to claim back my creativity and relax at the end of a packed day filled with my day job and family life. My soon to become obsession with block printing and pattern design became my almost daily nightshift, well documented on my Instagram account, and I never looked back. Since then I started screen printing, opened an Etsy shop for my block printed originals and screen printed textiles.
I regularly teach (live online) workshops on block printing and pattern design to participants around the world. My shop is always stocked with a selection of original paper block prints, screen-printed fabrics such as tea towels, t-shirts and tote bags as well as high-quality stationery items such as greeting cards and post cards. You can find my most recent work and behind the scenes on my @3dottedpenguins Instagram account. You can also find 3 Dotted Penguins on Pinterest and Facebook.