What is Tiger Food?

Among the birch trees of Siberia, or perhaps in a Bengali mangrove forest, a starving, pregnant tigress pounces upon a small herd of goats. The goats bleat wildly and scatter in four directions. The poor tigress’ exertion does not result in a meal, but rather a premature birth, and her own death.

Eventually, the goats return to their hollow, inevitably coming upon the little baby tiger. The goats began raising the cub as one of their own, teaching him to graze on grass and bleat like a baby goat, until the tiger believes himself to be a goat.

Months go by, and while the tiger grows into a young juvenile, he is malnourished and weak. Soon, another tiger pounces on the flock. The goats, used to tiger antics, scatter like before, leaving the little tiger to sit in the grass with a mouthful of leaves.

“What’s this?” The tiger asked. “A tiger cub eating grass?”

“Baaaaah.” Said the young tiger.

So the tiger takes the cub by the scruff and marches to a nearby pond. They peer into the pool together and the tiger says, “Look! You’re not a goat, you’re a tiger like me.”


The Little Press Between Two Rivers.

Hi. I’m Clare.

I run Tiger Food Press, a letterpress, illustration, and book arts design studio which sits on the peninsula of North Portland, between the Willamette and the Columbia rivers.

My first love was drawing. Then I fell in love with printing. My affinity for text and image made book arts a natural fit for my narrative, illustrative style which is inspired by landscape and the character of place. 

This is to say, I’ve drawn all of my life, and I’ve been a professional printer for years. I love that I get to do these things, that they work together, and that I’m able to collaborate with creative people like you to bring your ideas to life.

I work on a commission basis to draw custom illustrations, create unique designs, and letterpress print small projects and book editions. My specialties are drawing illustrative elements for personal stationery, special occasion events, branding, and small business identity projects. Book covers are also right up my alley. My work galleries will show you the type of work I do here at Tiger Food Press. Visit my blog for work in progress and a bit of life outside the studio.