Story Behind the Picture: Red Fiat

July 20th, 2015

Even though the studio is closed for vacation this week, I still wanted to leave you all with something to enjoy. This particular something is a little red fiat that I discovered in Rome last September. It was a rainy day, which made the idea of a three-hour-lunch at Felice in Testaccio sound like a fantastic idea (and it was). Testaccio is a little out of the norm in terms of touristy-Rome-destinations: it’s a location usually frequented by locals rather than travelers, and I thrilled that I had to dust off my very best Italian* when dining and shopping. My husband made several valiant attempts to communicate with his heavily-Spanish-accented-Italian, but after we all giggled good-natured-ly at the sound, he decided to leave the chatting up to me. I said he sounded like the Pope speaking Italian with his Argentinian accent, which then earned him the name “Papa Francesco” with a few of the shop keepers.

Once the skies cleared and we’d finished our delicious meal (you know the food is incredible when your two young children happily sit for hours at the table without complaint), we strolled around the corner to find this lovely little scene, which I was thrilled to capture with my camera.

*“very best” makes it sound impressive. Trust me, it’s not.

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July 2015 Newsletter

July 16th, 2015

July 2015

Hi everyone,

A huge thank you and welcome to all those I met at this year’s Art for the Cash Poor – it was another fantastic show and I’m already looking forward to 2016.

This is the time of year that life in the studio slows down to a lovely summer pace: I’ll still be here making artwork every day, but I’ll also be taking a few hours each day to enjoy the shade of the umbrella and the splash of the pool, which is the perfect break before a busy August at NY NOW and the ramp-up for fall and holiday events.

Finally, a brief vacation note: the studio will be closed from July 20th-24th, but still please feel free to send/leave a message during that time, and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

Enjoy your summer!
Michelle

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“The Sea My Heart” by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes

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Enjoying causal Fridays on the deck: flip flops and dog foot rests always welcome at the studio.
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June 2015 Newsletter

May 28th, 2015

June 2015

Hi everyone,
June is one of my favorite months: the weather is finally warm, the kids will be out of school soon, and it’s time for one of the best spring events in Philadelphia - Art for the Cash Poor. I’ll have a table there throughout the entire event, so please do come out to enjoy the delicious food, the fantastic music, and all the incredible original artwork and creations. Inliquid was kind enough to feature my work on their blog this month, so if you’d like to learn a little more, please have a read here.

Hope to see you in a few weeks!

All the best,
Michelle

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May 2015 Newsletter

May 1st, 2015

May 2015

Hi everyone,
It’s been a busy month in the studio creating artwork for our many retailers – spring is definitely here! The most fun thing we did this past month, however, had to be making the behind-the-scenes video that I’m sharing with you below. It’s Philadelphia creativity at its finest: my friends - photographer Jessica Kourkounis and musician Kerry Hallett - did an amazing job bringing my idea to life. Enjoy!
All the best,
Michelle

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Story Behind the Picture: Pull of the Moon

April 17th, 2015

One of the most fun (and challenging) things I do as a visual story-teller is to properly translate the pictures in my mind into something concrete. I’m forever jotting down ideas on napkins, sketching images in the margins of whatever magazine or catalogue might be nearby, or rummaging for a scrap of paper in my purse. My inspiration board in my studio is full of these bits and pieces, often unintelligible or unrecognizable to anyone else other than myself. I, however, know what they mean, and know (or at least, I hope I know) what they will become.

This piece was a challenge – I had this idea of a beautifully curling, stylized wave in my mind, yet I had no such photograph in my endless library of images I’ve shot at the seaside over the years. I decided I’d have to use my photographs of water and transform them into what I’d first seen with my mind’s eye. It took some doing (and some deleting…and some starting over…) but in the end, the moon and the water speak to each other just as I’d hoped they would.

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Story Behind the Picture: Light the Way

March 13th, 2015

I’ve had this image floating in my head for quite some time now: a house, on a hill, late at night, lit by a sky full of stars. It’s a picture I’ve seen in real life many times before, having once lived in central Virginia, near rolling hills and horses, and far away from city lights. On some nights, the moon rose high and the stars shone so brightly that they made the green grass and the inky blue night sky glow like it was mid-day. On summer nights, the crickets would sing, and if you were lucky enough to have a reason to be outside – be it to tend to horses or simply to walk the rolling green hills – you didn’t need a flashlight to find your way: there were plenty of lights dancing in the sky above.

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Story Behind the Picture: Bicycle Lights

February 27th, 2015

Some of my very favorite pieces have come about accidentally, and “Bicycle Lights” is indeed one of those unintentional happy moments. We were walking in Trastevere – one of my very favorite places in Rome – and, as usual, I was snapping pictures constantly (my husband and children have learned to walk at a slow pace and to be prepared to stop every fifteen seconds when I’m in Photographer Mode). As I snapped away at the beautiful buildings around me, I had my back turned to this bicycle and I nearly walked past it. In fact, I did walk past, but then decided to circle back and take two photographs…you know, just in case.

Several months later, the owner of a lovely little store that carries my work asked if I happened to have any art with bicycles. At first, I said I didn’t…until this image suddenly popped into my head. Even though it was frigid and dark outside the walls of my studio, I remembered the warmth of that early evening sun, the sounds of laughter and conversation drifting from the nearby cafe tables as people enjoyed their aperitivi (a glass of wine and finger foods) that would tide them over until the later dinner hour arrived. I was never so happy to revisit a library of photographs as I was the night I worked on this piece, sprinkling a little magic into it so this bicycle in that quiet little corner became as beautiful as my memories of that day.

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MKC Photography Nominated for 2015 Eco-Choice Award

December 16th, 2014

With the 2015 fast approaching and new art and designs on the way for both the American Made Show (booth #606) and NY Now (booth #9555), I’ve just had the exciting news that my brand-new table runner design, “Keys,” has been nominated for the “Most Sellable” award by GIFT SHOP Magazine. Voting is open through January 9th, so if you have a minute to click here or on either image and cast your ballot for       MKC Photography, that would be fantastic!

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Story Behind the Picture: Four and Twenty Blackbirds

December 12th, 2014

In Oxford, England – a place I once called my home – on the corner of Ship and Cornmarket Streets, there exists a lovely row of buildings that haven’t changed since the Tudor era. They lean ever-so-slightly over the street below, and every time I walked or cycled past them, I would smile, as they seemed to belong more in a nursery rhyme than in the heart of a bustling little city.

This spring, I traveled back to Oxford with my youngest son, and I was most happy to find that he, too, loved this particular corner as much as I always did. I like to imagine that Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), J.R.R. Tolkien, or C.S. Lewis once paused to admire this same charming little row of houses. Next time I return, I will surely visit this same spot and stand in the shadow of the lovely buildings that will continue to lean forward over Cornmarket Street long after we all have gone.

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November 28th, 2014

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