|flower vase made from recycled magazines|
Tell us a little about yourself and what you sell.
My name is Amy and I co-own colorstory designs with Andrea Read. Currently, Andrea is taking some time off from the business. For my day job, I am an architect, and most every other moment of the day I am trying to think of the next cool thing to make from recycled magazines :) Colorstory designs was created out of a need to have a creative outlet outside of work. I make all sorts of colorful items from recycled magazines; picture frames, earrings, mirrors, wine charms, necklaces, shadowboxes, etc.
|pixel mirror made from recycled magazines|
My favorite thing about creating is the process experimenting. My initial ideas usually come to me at weird times throughout the day, so there are sketches on scrap paper everywhere! I love using my hands to create something that is so colorful- I often say that the result is a "labor of love" and I always want my prodcuts to go to happy homes :)
|a living tree on the left shadowbox|
When first thinking of magazines, i loved that they are colorful on their own, and they are overly abundant. I actually get my magazines from my local library- so they are truly saved from being thrown out. I love that I'm helping clean up the environment- on magazine at a time!
|colorful pendant necklace made from recycled magazines|
I love interacting with customers- and creating custom orders. Working with magazines allows there to be endless color combinations - so every customer can feel like they are truly getting a product made just for them. I love hearing back from customers who love their products- it makes all the hard work worth it!
|burst of bright mini picture frame|
I love that working with magazines allows me to create something new every time (because every sheet of magazine is totally different). I enjoy hearing that I've inspired someone to create something out of nothing- that what it's all about :)
Thanks for sharing Amy and Andrea,
My daughter is off to college this month so I will be back with more artists to Meet & Greet on September 7.