Archive for the ‘Etsy’ Category

Mini Tag Books

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007


I love the way that this idea developed. While working on cassette tape books, I discovered that I somehow cut a stack of pages way too small. Not about to waste paper (oh no!) I began to scavenge around the studio for something that would make an appropriate cover for a tiny book. I came across a set of vintage inventory tags that I purchased from the Etsy shop, Other People’s Flowers. I had no plans for them at the time of their purchase… just a keen interest in collecting functional paper. Voila! The perfect match for my little mistake. These books are available here.


Wednesday, December 5th, 2007


Today I used favorite fabric scraps and images from vintage magazines to create a series of little buttons/pins to include with books purchased from my Etsy shop. I’m tempted to keep a few of these for myself!

Rocket Clock : Ready for Launch

Monday, December 3rd, 2007


After loads of planning, designing and cutting, I finally have an edition of 100 rocket clocks ready to find new homes via Etsy. I created this design several years ago as part of a class assignment at Fort Hays State University and recently decided to refine and redesign a few parts. I will post more about the entire process soon. Until then, here are a few images to give you a glimpse of the paper goodness.



1-2-3 More Fabric Books

Sunday, November 18th, 2007


Three more fabric books are ready for a new home! I did hesitate to give up #3 though, as I have a soft spot for typography. All of these covers are reclaimed from fabrics destined for who-knows-what or where. The first is from a damaged vintage tablecloth, the second from an old curtain, the third from a discarded mail bag. Although I have the raw materials for making a series of eight books this size, I want each one to be distinctly different. The first book is quilted and pillowy, the second has a special pocket that runs the length of the cover, and the third is unique because of the printing on the plastic canvas.

Original Drawings by Studiobenben

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007


Ben Schlitter is posting new drawings daily, all of which are whimsical and straight out of his imagination. Although I love them all, his most recent post caught my eye. The names are cool too. This one is called Egnaro.

Etsyjournal Book 6

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Etsyjournal Book 6


Etsyjournal is a collaborative art project for the Etsy community, organized by artists Lauren (StellaLoElla) and Heather (DecadenceDesigns). The project centers around a blank handmade book which is passed from one Etsy artist to the next. Each artist has the opportunity to fill one spread of the book before sending it on. Once the journal is filled, it will reside in the library at the Etsylabs in Brooklyn. The project is doing fantastic, with four books already in circulation and a second round on the way.

I had the great opportunity to create etsyjournal number 6. Although the book needed to fit within certain guidelines to function for the project, the cover and title page were a blank canvas. For the cover, I stitched together pieces of vintage wall maps (found in a dumpster!). Not only do I love the vibrant colors of these maps, but they lend themselves perfectly to the concept of the etsyjournal project. The project brings together people from very different locations and backgrounds in a unique way.


Upcycled Egg Carton Book

Sunday, March 18th, 2007


Not long ago I was inspired by a beautiful green egg carton that I spied at the supermarket. A sucker for paper and for the color green, I purchased the more expensive eggs so that I could take this pretty disposable item home with me. Not wanting to throw it away, I came up with a way to reuse the egg carton and make it more valuable at the same time. The result? An egg carton book.

I created a new egg carton book as part of an upcycling contest, sponsored by Etsy. The requirements limited the primary materials to something that would typically belong in the trash or recycle bin. This time I used paper grocery bags for the interior pages, making the entire project from objects brought home from the local supermarket (except a few binding materials).

There were some incredibly creative entries in Etsy’s upcycling contest. Here is a bit about their top four picks.