Tessa Shackelford during the Glorious Year of 1984 in West Virginia, coming from a long line of Appalachian moonshiners, horse-thieves, granny witches, and hell-raisers. She attended West Virginia University where she completed her BFA in Studio Art and BA in Art History - Class of 2009. In 2012, she received her MFA in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University.
DumbKat Press was established in 2008 and now permanently resides in Philadelphia, PA. It is DKP's mission to act as an experimental print shop, exploring new and alternative practices in the printmaking medium.