Steve Sierigk

Originally from the metro NY area (southern Westchester County) I moved to upstate NY in the early 70’s to attend SUNY Binghamton with a focus on the biological sciences emphasizing Botany. In 1978 I moved to the Ithaca area to attend Cornell where I was enrolled as a graduate student in Entomology (fancy talk for one who studies bugs). I had taken many Scientific Illustration courses along the way. I made a portion of my living then by drawing detailed renditions of mosquito brains, moth genitalia and such.

At some point in the early 1980’s I cut my academic ties and became involved in trying my hand at farming and art. Although it was satisfying, the farming was just not paying the bills so I took my art more seriously. In this period before computer layout and design was common I made a living hand designing restaurant menus ( I am also a calligrapher), logos, wine and other food product labels. All along this time however I was developing a line of notecards and stationery products with my imagery. I called this fledgling company Acorn Designs.

As the 1980’s proceeded along my notecards were increasingly marketed across the country and became my primary business. By the late 1980’s I started inviting other artists to join in the Acorn line as I enjoyed the richness of the local art scene. Today Acorn has about 30 contributing artists from all parts of the country, but as I have the longest tenure with the company my designs are still a large part of the line. The common theme of all the artists is a respect for and a celebration of Nature.

I still enjoy being a contributing artist to our line and still even do some freelance work from time to time but my work at Acorn increasingly involves developing new products and working with other artists as well as getting the word out about us. It is always fun for me to put pen to paper as I am always amazed to see what the final product will be after spending an intensely focused period translating a 3-D image into pen or pencil work, attempting to capture some essence of a plant or creature. Enrapturing oneself into a piece of art and actively participating in it for hours, one seems to lose a sense of self and perhaps we do become a part of what we are drawing and develop a better understanding of the world.

Enjoy and appreciate the beauty around us!
www.acorndesigns.org

Products by Steve Sierigk

The following products include artwork and/or writing by Steve Sierigk. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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Common Loon Notecard

Common Loon Journal

$20.00$21.00

Common Loon (Gavia immer) The common loon is best known for its haunting calls loud yodels, mournful wails, and wild, maniacal chuckles which fill the air over its breeding lake with a sense of wilderness. Native Americans respected the loon as the spirit of Northern Waters’ Loons breed on forest lakes and slow-moving rivers across…

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Common Loon Notecard

Common Loon Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Common Loon (Gavia immer) The common loon is best known for its haunting calls loud yodels, mournful wails, and wild, maniacal chuckles which fill the air over its breeding lake with a sense of wilderness. Native Americans respected the loon as the spirit of Northern Waters’ Loons breed on forest lakes and slow-moving rivers across…

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Common Loon Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

The common loon is best known for its haunting calls– loud yodels, mournful wails, and wild, maniacal chuckles– which fill the air over its breeding lake with a sense of wilderness. Native Americans respected the loon as the "Spirit of the Northern Waters." Loons breed on forest lakes and slow-moving rivers across the northeastern U.S.…

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Common Loon Stationery

Common Loon Stationery

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Diamondback Terrapin Journal

Diamondback Terrapin Journal

$20.00$21.00

Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) Diamondback terrapins are one of the world’s most beautiful and colorful turtles. Diamondbacks inhabit estuaries and saltwater marshes from Cape Cod through the southern coast of the U.S.; they are our only native turtle that lives in water where the salinity comes close to or equals that of ocean water. Perhaps…

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Diamondback Terrapin Lokta Card

Diamondback Terrapin Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

Diamondback terrapins are one of the worlds most beautiful and colorful turtles. Diamondbacks inhabit estuaries and saltwater marshes from Cape Cod through the Southern coast of the US. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of this turtle is its shell, also commonly called its carapace. The carapace varies in coloration from grey or black to light…

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Diamondback Terrapin Notecard

Diamondback Terrapin Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) Diamondback terrapins are one of the world’s most beautiful and colorful turtles. Diamondbacks inhabit estuaries and saltwater marshes from Cape Cod through the southern coast of the U.S.; they are our only native turtle that lives in water where the salinity comes close to or equals that of ocean water. Perhaps…

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Downy Woodpecker Notecard

Downy Woodpecker Journal

$20.00$21.00

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) The downy woodpecker is the smallest, tamest and most abundant eastern woodpecker. The bird is also common in parts of the West and into Canada. The male is distinguished from the female by a bright red patch on the back of his head. The downy woodpecker’s back and forth motions are…

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Downy Woodpecker Lokta Card

Downy Woodpecker Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

The downy woodpecker is the smallest, tamest and most abundant eastern woodpecker. The male is distinguished from the female by a bright red patch on the back of his head. The downy woodpecker’s back and forth motions are active and sprightly as it spirally ascends the circumference of a tree, giving occasional raps on the…

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Downy Woodpecker Notecard

Downy Woodpecker Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) The downy woodpecker is the smallest, tamest and most abundant eastern woodpecker. The bird is also common in parts of the West and into Canada. The male is distinguished from the female by a bright red patch on the back of his head. The downy woodpecker’s back and forth motions are…

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Downy Woodpecker Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

The downy woodpecker is the smallest, tamest and most abundant eastern woodpecker. The male is distinguished from the female by a bright red patch on the back of his head. The downy woodpecker’s back and forth motions are active and sprightly as it spirally ascends the circumference of a tree, giving occasional raps on the…

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Downy Woodpeckers Notepad

Downy Woodpeckers Notepad

$6.00

* Each design is printed on 100% unbleached recycled paper (50% post-consumer minimum) * Contains 50 tear-off sheets (51/2″ by 81/2″) * Each design is printed with vegetable oil-based inks * These images are about 2″ tall or wide and appear atop the notepad unless otherwise indicated Made in the USA

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Great Blue Heron Journal

Great Blue Heron Journal

$20.00$21.00

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) This majestic bird is at home in small streams, marshes, or the shores of ponds, lakes or ocean bays. Great Blue Herons are large (4 feet tall, 6-foot wingspan), common birds that nest across North America from Alaska to Mexico. Great Blues mate for life. Nests are usually made in…

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Great Blue Heron Mini Journal

$6.50

This majestic bird is at home in small streams, marshes, or at the shores of ponds, lakes, or ocean bays. Great Blue Herons are large birds (4′ tall, 6′ wingspan) that nest across North America from Alaska to Mexico. The heron is a truly picturesque bird; plumage and greatly lengthened feathers form a beautiful crest…

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Great Blue Heron Notecard

Great Blue Heron Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) This majestic bird is at home in small streams, marshes, or the shores of ponds, lakes or ocean bays. Great Blue Herons are large (4 feet tall, 6-foot wingspan), common birds that nest across North America from Alaska to Mexico. Great Blues mate for life. Nests are usually made in…

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Great Blue Heron Notepad

Great Blue Heron Notepad

$6.00

* Each design is printed on 100% unbleached recycled paper (50% post-consumer minimum) * Contains 50 tear-off sheets (51/2" by 81/2") * Each design is printed with vegetable oil-based inks * These images are about 2" tall or wide and appear atop the notepad unless otherwise indicated Made in the USA

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