It's always thrilling to flip through a magazine and see something or occasionally someone you know personally ... it continues to be like that for the KCEtsy Team!
The current issue of Midwest Living Magazine (March/April 2011) carries a spread that showcases Green Crafters. Kansas City's own Lisa Presley, the artist behind, MyPaperGarden. Lisa was showcased along side five other green midwest crafters; each artist reusing vintage materials or even trash to create amazing gifts and accessories. Lisa pairs vintage paper, in this case vintage maps, with clear vinyl putting both through her sewing machine to create fantastic accessories ... wallets, eReader & passport covers, broaches, and her featured tote bag. All made with vintage paper and clear vinyl.
Lisa says, "I do not use a heat lamination process, contact vinyl or commercial vinyl blanks. My process of covering the vintage paper front and back with clear vinyl and machine stitching it together shows the natural beauty of the vintage paper and gives a quality artisan look. The paper and vinyl once sewed together is surprisingly durable."
Midwest Living turned to Etsy when seeking out Midwestern artisans crafting items using upcycled vintage materials to feature in their 'green' crafts article for the Discoveries section. The writer ended up selecting only one non-Etsy seller to feature. Lisa said, "The writer came across one of my tote bags made from vintage atlas paper, and contacted me thru Etsy, with a convo."
Congratulations, Lisa! The Midwest Living March/April 2011 issue is still on news stands. Be sure to pick up a copy and see Lisa's feature for yourself, and of course, stop by her shop and see all her creative green talent. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and worth seeing.