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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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 Mini Journal

$6.50

Downy Woodpecker The downy woodpecker is the smallest, tamest and most abundant eastern woodpecker. The tail feathers afford rigid support as the bird hitches its way up the trunk.  The hard sharp bill is used to chisel into bark and wood while searching for insects or excavating a nest hole.  The nostrils are covered with…

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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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Goldfinch Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

The American goldfinch, often called the Wild Canary, is a familiar bird well-known for its bright plumage, undulating flight and tinkling calls. They are year-round residents across most of the northern half of the U.S. Their summer range extends across southern Canada, and they winter from the southern states into Mexico. The male in breeding…

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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 Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

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 feet tall, 6 foot wingspan) that nest across North America from Alaska to Mexico. The heron is a truly picturesque bird; plumage and greatly lengthened feathers form a…

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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

$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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Great Horned Owl Mini Journal

$6.50

Nearly two feet tall, the Great Horned Owl is our largest native owl. Males and females are similar in appearance although the female is slightly larger. Among the fiercest of avian hunters, this impressive bird of prey carries a sense of power and dignity. The Great Horned Owl is widely distributed throughout North America. From…

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Great Horned Owl Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Nearly two feet tall, the Great Horned Owl is our largest native owl with ear tufts. Males and females are similar in appearance although the female is slightly larger. Among the fiercest of avian hunters, this impressive bird of prey carries a sense of power and dignity. It eats an…

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Heron Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

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 feet tall, 6 foot wingspan) that nest across North America from Alaska to Mexico. The heron is a truly picturesque bird; plumage and greatly lengthened feathers form a…

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Humpback Whale Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

The stocky, slow-moving humpbacks are perhaps the most animated and acrobatic of the great whales. They seem to be filled with a joy of living as they splash and roll, sometimes leaping clear of the water in a graceful, arching backward flip. In the open oceans, free of gravity and many of the restrictions which…

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Loon Lokta Card

$5.00$8.00

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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Oak Leaves Lokta Card

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Oak trees are powerful and imposing in stature; even so, they are considered to be friendly to man. Oaks are an emblem of strength and hospitality (many doors are made of oak). In ancient times, the oak tree was widely revered and many cultures worshipped in oak forests. It was believed that the gods resided…

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