Let me introduce you to my latest artist under The R.E.A.L. Town Marketplace line...some of you may already know her, it's my great friend Michelle Cooke of Birch Paper and Home (formerly Brookline Street Studio). This woman is a plethora of ideas and inspiration. She has been my motivator, mentor and conspirator in this exciting thing that we love to call 'work'.
(Michelle's photo from her set up at The Vintage Bazaar last fall)
Not only does Michelle repurpose furniture with a slight, or not-so-slight, industrial edge, she has a love for paper....and books, lots and lots of vintage and antique books! She quotes herself on her blog, as having 'a passion for rescuing old treasures and giving them new purpose. As a collector of old books, I love to use vintage illustrations in my creations, whether they be handbound books or pieces of furniture.'
This is so true!
We had a joint venture for a year called BarnLoft, and we loved the concept of this shop and working together, but it wasn't the right location nor the right time. But it was fun, we learned a lot, and we met some great people!
Michelle is passionate about using and encouraging others to use recycled and responsibly made products in their art and in their life. She wants us to think about where your products come from and make informed choices that are better for the environment and each other.
I'll be carrying a selection of her Vintage Inspired Flash Cards and her Swallow Bird Banner.
All the 9 1/4 x 3 1/2" folded cards come with an envelope ready to be mailed.
The Barn Swallow Banner is a kit containing 12 vintage sheet music die cuts of a swallow in flight, 12 mini clothespins and 2 yards of jute twine. Doesn't this just say 'spring'??
You'll be able to find these at The Spaulding Cooperage starting this weekend,
and they'll be available at The Cabinet Of Curiosities Market
June 6, 7, and 8th in Berlin, MA.