magical, collectible, original art for a delightful home

5x5 art block collection

Collectible 5×5 Art Blocks

We believe in original art. We believe in handcrafted high quality. We believe in sustainability. We believe your walls should be delightful and full of whimsy. We believe in magic.

Our creations tell a story on all sides: the front is original artwork by Michelle. The sides and backs are covered in salvaged library book pages. The wood itself? It’s salvaged too, so every piece is beautiful for your walls and beautiful for the earth.

Start a collection for your walls or for someone you love today!

Featured Products

  • Yellow Bird Art Block

    Yellow Bird Art Block

  • Gemini Zodiac Art Block

    Gemini Zodiac Art Block

  • Spring Scenes Notecard Set

    Spring Scenes Notecard Set + Envelopes

  • Canis Major Art Block

    Canis Major Art Block


Inside the Studio

Our hands touch each piece we make countless times: we take pride in the handmade process and our exquisite attention to detail. We use only the highest quality archival prints, non-toxic sealant, and durable salvaged wood, so each piece is (hand)made to last.

mkc photography is an eco-friendly, hand-made gift & home decor company that creates gorgeous art and wares using salvaged wood, paper from damaged library books, and original art by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes. Customers love to purchase our artwork both for themselves and for gifts because they know each piece gives new life to otherwise discarded materials. We’ve been making beautiful things by hand in our Philadelphia-area studio since 2009.

MKC Photography studio

MKC Photography Events

June 4, 2023: Kennett Square Clover Market

We’ll be seeing you in person again at the Kennett Square Clover Market this spring! Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: 600 S Broad St, Kennett Square, PA 19348-3346 Additional details available at www.theclovermarket.com. Here's a list...

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June 9, 2023: More Little Houses Available Online!

So many of you have been asking, so get ready - the next batch is coming! Introducing the next installment of our series of handmade Little Houses that will be available online starting Friday, June 9th 🎉 Each little house is a unique work of art: full of...

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Sept. 26-Oct. 1st, 2023: Dressage at Devon

  We're so excited to be a part of the Dressage at Devon event for 2023! Come visit us at our pop-up store at the Fall Festival shopping area from Tuesday, September 26th through Sunday, October 1st. We will have so many wonderful things in our store, and we look...

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