about mkc photography

mkc photography is an eco-friendly, hand-made home decor company that creates gorgeous art and wares using salvaged wood and paper from damaged library books. 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.
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Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes is the award-winning artist, creator, and story-teller behind mkc photography. Until the age of ten, Michelle was certain the secret passage into Narnia truly existed and if she just rifled through enough closets and cupboards, she would find it. Fables, fairy tales, and legends have always enchanted Michelle, her favorites being those where feisty and daring heroines like Lucy and Alice run off to have wild adventures. She graduated from the University of Oxford, where she would read in the same gardens that inspired C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll’s imaginations, and her whimsical, witty, & joyful {with just a hint of quirky} artwork is still influenced by this idea of magical worlds that mingle with our own. She’s a former librarian (hence, all those salvaged books) and she creates every piece of artwork featured on her handmade wares.

Michelle is a member of MamaCITA (an award-winning artist collective), received the Artist Cultural Exchange prize for “Alone With the Stars,” her mixed-media piece honoring Amelia Earhart, and was named Runner-Up Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) by Handmade Business Magazine.

Questions about our work?

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Here’s peek inside the studio!


Art Blocks

Handmade by Michelle from her archival prints, reclaimed wood, and vintage book paper. Michelle seals each block with multiple layers of non-toxic matte varnish and signs them on the reverse. All blocks come with a keyhole opening in the back for ease of hanging.

Canvas Gallery Wraps

Professionally printed with archival inks on water resistant canvas that last over 100 years in direct sunlight. The canvas is stretched over 1.5 inch-deep handmade frames constructed of solid wood, and arrives signed and ready-to-hang.

Growth Charts

printed on removable, reusable vinyl and come with application instructions. While most designs are in stock, you may need to wait for a certain design to be printed and shipped…but, it will be worth it!

Fine Art Prints

Professionally printed on archival photo paper with light-safe inks. Prints last 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage. Michelle signs each print on the reverse with photo-safe ink. If selecting the matted 8x8 or 8x10 option, your print will arrive matted in classic white archival mat board and will be signed on the mat in pencil. 

Keychains, Ornaments & Picture Holders

Beautiful and eco-friendly! Michelle creates each one from 1.25″ square salvaged wood and book paper, and seals them with multiple coats of a high-quality, non-toxic finish. Our keychains aren’t fully waterproof, so please don’t leave them outside in a rain storm, but they will withstand years of daily use.


All items on this site ship free in the Continental United States. Please allow seven (7) business days for prints, ornaments/keychains, and 5x5 art blocks; twelve (12) business days for canvas gallery wraps, and large art blocks, and up to fourteen (14) business days for growth charts to arrive (expedited and international shipping is available for an additional fee: please contact us for a quote).

become an mkc wholesaler

Would you like to carry mkc photography wares in your shop? We’d love to join you! Simply contact us or fill out our wholesale application to receive our line sheet and order form.
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retailer boutiques

mkc photography is available at these fine retailers in the USA:


Stepping Stones : Santa Rosa


Ally Bally Bee: New Canaan

Ally Bally Bee: Ridgefield

Dwell: New Haven

Necessary Indulgences: Madison

The French Hen: Chester


La Playa Resort: Naples

Tampa Museum of Art: Tampa


Collections: Maui


Des Moines Art Center: Des Moines


Ooh La La: New Orleans


Quisisana Resort: Center Lovell


LoveCraft Handmade Gifts: Rock Hall


Harvard Art Museums: Cambridge

Joie de Vivre: Cambridge

Left Bank Gallery : Wellfleet

Mark August: Chatham

Weekend: East Orleans


The Lima Bean: Suttons Bay

New Jersey

Good Scents: Cape May

Heartstrings: Clinton

How to Live: Beach Haven

How to Live: Surf City

Sojourner: Lambertville

Words Bookstore: Maplewood

New York

ABC Carpet & Home: Manhattan

Mohonk Mountain House: New Paltz

Neuberger Museum of Art: Purchase

North Carolina

Fable: Charlotte

SugarBritches: Holden Beach


New Renaissance: Portland


Artisans Gallery: Peddler’s Village

Artisans Nest: Skippack

Custer Kitchens: Abington

Earth & State: Media

The Frame Game: Newtown

The Frame Game: Yardley

This Little Gallery: Jenkintown

Verde: Philadelphia

Windfall Gallery: Chestnut Hill

Rhode Island

Three Wheel Studio: Providence



Artfully Elegant

Artisanal Being

The Barrington Garage

Bas Bleu

Groundswell Greetings

The Markt Hause Shoppe

Simply Inspired Goods

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