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Secondhand Angels March 4, 2010

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, manager of Reclaimed to Fame Market at 1000 Markets and owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry.

Meet one of our newest merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame MarketSecondhand Angels!   Here’s her story:

I am primarily a self-taught artist.  My mother is a painter and writer and was I exposed to a great deal of art and culture growing up.  I have taken a few classes here and there.  Most recently in the fall of 2009, I attended an ART of REUSE class at John C Campbell Folk School in Murphy, NC for a week.  It was a wonderful, priceless experience.  My instructor was very encouraging; I ended up with time recently after losing a job.  I decided if not now, when so I have been able to get my shop set up and focus on my art.  This is something I have wanted to do for many years.


I have done different things over the years – mixed media, collage, shadow boxes, but really got jazzed up about jewelry after JCC.  I came up with the name Secondhand Angels as I describe on my website.

I started making Angel Pins a few years ago after my Aunt Frannie passed away.  She was an exceptionally creative woman and very influential in my life.  I realize now that making the angels was my way of feeling close to her. She is with her sisters in my banner photo.  I started using odd earrings and pieces of jewelry.  I have sold in local shops, but until now I have mostly made items as gifts for friends and family.

I have recently expanded my vision with bracelets.  All designs are ONE OF A KIND; many are vintage and some are contemporary.  I use old and new buttons, items from the hardware store, sewing notions, beads and whatever strikes my fancy!  You may find an angel charm on most of my bracelets.

I collect items at thrift stores, flea markets and all places in between.  The collecting is just as special to me as assembling my pieces.  Who were the women who once owned these pieces of jewelry?  What were their lives like? Where did they live?  I love preserving the history by recasting items into a new interpretation.

I have also set up a fan page on Facebook and have over 100 fans in two days! Please stop by and join.

I feel this is the beginning of a journey for me and I will quote one of my first customers after she received an angel pin.  “My precious Hope Angel came yesterday!  And I’m wearing her today!  Thank you so much for your gift of vision! Blessings to you.”

I am proud to be a part of Reclaimed to Fame – I am honored.

Amy T. Cunningham
Secondhand Angels

 

Organic Envy blog: Modern Green Living+Spa Wisdom September 14, 2009

organicenvyI just found a great new organic blog, an offshoot of Organic Spa magazine:

Welcome to Organic Envy! After launching Organic Spa Magazine in January 2007, we felt it was time to open the doors to communication even further. The mission of the magazine is to bring spa wisdom home, as well as to highlight the spas that are leading the organic way. Is there something special you do to find that elusive balance we all seek? We love to share ideas and exchange thoughts revolving around a healthier planet and a healthier you. Please join us in the conversation.

Organic Envy belongs to the Organic Spa Magazine, if you love the publication you will enjoy this green blog.

http://organicspamagazine.com
http://blog.organicspamagazine.com

Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/AthenaMag?ref=profile#/group.php?gid=68951712325

 

The power of yarn August 7, 2009

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During our recent move, I found a box of yarn that I had been using to make afghans that I forgot about – not surprising, right? We managed to locate a local church that accepted items for women (some with children) who lost their homes and we stopped by with a few items. The organizers were thrilled when they saw the yarn. Their enthusiasm came as a surprise at first. Previous donations at other places never created this kind of joy. They reminded me that it wasn’t just yarn – it was a chance to create a present for the holidays, a much needed sweater for a child, an afghan for the winter, or to create something wonderful to sell and that the donation of yarn had reached the perfect home. Hooray! Just a little reminder for us all to share our new found yarn and a season of mindful kniting and crochet.

Marg (grateful, gleeful, and groovin’ to the power of yarn)

Read more of this blog …

 

JM Craftworks – Fine Handcrafts of Wood & Fabric June 3, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

Jim & Marilyn of JM Craftworks have a wonderful shop at 1000 Markets and are merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market. Here’s their story:

We’re a husband/wife team with a small crafts shop specializing in high-quality handmade items, primarily of wood and fabric. All of our work is designed and constructed from start to finish entirely by us. Everything we make is slightly different in size and shape and no two are the same. Each is an original.

We both have a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts in visual arts. We have worked full-time for museums and galleries for over 15 years as well as previously running our own art services business for six years. Our training has given us a thorough grounding in essential technical skills and enables us to approach our crafts work with the perspective of artists. We are fans of American styles such as Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Mission, and Prairie, and one of our main goals is to bring the values of these past styles into contemporary settings.

We do not use any endangered or exotic woods in our work. We are a green shop and use recycled and reclaimed materials wherever possible; making second use of materials that would otherwise go to waste. Our primary sources of woods are cutoffs from a local large commercial wood shop. The woods they don’t want, which are usually sections with unusual color or interesting patterns in the grain, are exactly what we want for our small handmade items. We’ve also been able to save wood from trees scheduled to be taken out by the city.

Watch a Flickr slide show of our shop in action, producing two handmade wooden jewelry boxes using wood saved from a walnut tree removed by the city. We contacted the city forester and were allowed to gather enough wood for many future projects. See the progression from a section of rough tree limb to finished products: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmcraftworks/

Whether you’re searching for a keepsake box, a fabric collage or a special handcrafted item that will turn your house or apartment into a home, we can help. We always have work in progress so please check for new items and special sales and promotions. We have work that is in stock and can be shipped immediately, or you can request a custom order for a one-of-a-kind piece that is exclusively yours.

See our portfolio of past & present work on Trunkt: www.trunkt.org/jmcraftworks

 

Roobie Soup – Fabulous purses recycled from cigar boxes! May 27, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

One of the merchants at the Reclaimed to Fame market is Roobie Soup of Orlando, Florida, who fashions fabulous purses from recycled cigar boxes.   Here’s her story:

“I have been creative my whole life… in fact I have been surrounded by creativity as well. I grew up in the south and in a college drama department.  My dad was a drama professor and I spent many an after school night in the costume designer’s (my mom) or set designer’s company. 

“I created jewelry and scrapbooked my little heart out. Then I came up with a way to put them together and show it off sort of subtly!

“Anyway, I am not one to do mass production.   I sort of get bored recreating the same old thing.     I love to alter the use of an item and create something completely different and artistic with it.   I live an “altered” life… hee hee!

“I think life should be fun and you should have ample opportunity to laugh, whether it is at yourself or the situation.”

 

A Second Chance – Unique Fiber Arts May 21, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

Introducing another of our fabulous merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets, Jess of A Second Chance, who has shared her story with us:

“Just to let you know who I am… I’m an internationally touring teaching artist. What? One who travels 250+ days out of the year to perform (theatre, dance, music), teach those skills to others (pre K – professional), and produce/write music (3 cds to date, hear them at http://www.jesspillmore.com).

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“I’m co-founder of an educational physical theatre company, Creatively Independent, as well as co-founder of an Americana Indie music label, RoadWorm Music.

“A Second Chance is an extension of all that inspires me.  I find expressive, abandoned/discarded sweaters and imagine their lives.  I imagine what they can now become and who might be drawn to it.  My different arts have common threads: improvise, enjoy the moment, listen, see the big picture and soak in the details.

“Recycling, re-crafting and supporting charity stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army is how I try and make a difference.  While on the road so much, I come across some great vintage pieces that don’t fit me… so why not spread the love?  Plus, 10% of all sales are donated to KIVA.org.  See who’s benefited already!

“I spend most of my time teaching others how to find and express their personal voice.  Now, I’m helping these pieces do the same for you.”

Jess
A Second Chance

 

Waldron Weavings May 6, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market.

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Our Reclaimed to Fame Market is very fortunate to have as one of its merchants Waldron Weavings.  Margaret recycles old sheets into beautifully woven rugs.  This is an art that you don’t often see anymore and it’s wonderful that Margaret carries on this type of craft.  As she says on her shop profile “Beautiful old fabrics are given another chance to shine.”  She’s agreed to share her story with us.

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“I learned to weave at the University of Washington in the late 60’s.  I was taking a general art course and signed up for the weaving class taught by the Home Ec. Department.  One touch of those big floor looms and I was hooked.

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“When I moved to Waldron Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State in 1972, I brought with me a handmade loom made by a friend.  I wove presents for friends and various household items for years, but it wasn’t until I married Joel Thorson in 1984 and moved to what is now Thousand Flower Farm on the island that I started production weaving.

“A friend gave us three bummer lambs, lambs whose mothers wouldn’t take care of them. Joel wanted to learn to spin, to use our wool and to find a way to sell it that would bring in a reasonable income.  So I dragged the loom out of storage where it had been put to make room for children and started making rugs from his hand spun wool using a cotton warp material.  They were an immediate success and we were off on the fiber arts part of our venture.

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“Recently I have added bright colored rag rugs woven in an old Swedish pattern from recycled sheets.  I especially love the idea of giving old fabric a second chance to shine.  I also weave fancy boas woven from a variety of glitzy novelty knitting yarns.  I continue to grow as a weaver adding new ideas and techniques to my repertoire.

“I have two 1000 Markets shops, Waldron Weavings, which features my rag rugs made from recycled materials and which shop is in the Reclaimed to Fame Market, and Thousand Flower Farm, which features my other weavings, my wool rugs and boas.”