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

  • Little Houses 2

    Little Houses #2

  • Little Houses 3

    Little Houses #3

  • Little Houses 19

    Little Houses #19

  • Little Houses 23

    Little Houses #23


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

March 20, 2023: Little Houses Available Online!

So many of you have been asking, so get ready - it's finally happening! Introducing our series of handmade Little Houses that will be available online starting Monday, March 20th 🎉 Each little house is a unique work of art: full of personality and...

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April 1, 2023: Spring Clean Event at Sardine Clothing

Save the date for the Spring Clean Event hosted by Sardine Clothing! Saturday, April 1, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 376 Shurs Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Join a wonderful assortment of artisans who are doing a little spring cleaning of their studios! We'll all be...

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May 21, 2023: Bryn Mawr Clover Market

We'll be seeing you in person again at the Bryn Mawr Clover Market this spring! Check back later in the spring for more updates about participating artisans and vendors, but in the mean time, mark your calendars! Additional details available...

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