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  the Artessa Alliance (an award-winning artist collective), received the Artist Cultural Exchange prize for   “Alone With the Stars,” her mixed-media piece honoring Amelia Earhart, was named Runner-Up Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) by Handmade Business Magazine, and has been a finalist for the Happening List’s Best of Montgomery County, PA in 2019 and 2020! 

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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 8×8 or 8×10 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.

Shipping

All items on this site ship free in the Continental United States. Please allow seven (7) business days for prints, ornaments/keychains, and 5×5 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:

Arizona

Xandadu Gallery: Scottsdale

Connecticut

Evergreen Fine Crafts: Guilford

Earth Animal: Westport

Georgia

Queen of Hearts: Alpharetta

Indiana

Hopkin’s Ace Hardware: Chesterton

Illinois

Dovetail Rivet & Stitch: Galesburg 

Every Little Thing: McHenry

Iowa

Iowa Artisans Gallery: Iowa City

Louisiana

Ooh La La: New Orleans

Maine

On the Main: Ogunquit

A Little Mad: Bar Harbor

 

Massachusetts

 Joie de Vivre: Cambridge

Michigan

Creekside Clover: Sparta

Two Fish Gallery: Leland

Mississippi

Southern Bound Book Shop: Biloxi

New Jersey

August Heart: Ocean City

Good Scents: Cape May

Heartstrings: Clinton

Ocean Galleries: Avalon

Ocean Galleries: Stone Harbor

Peace of Earth: Burlington

New Hampshire

 Good Juju by Ceci: Newmarket

North Carolina

Fable: Charlotte

Over the Moon: Ocracoke

Ruby’s Gift: Charlotte

SugarBritches: Holden Beach

 Pennsylvania

Campbell Pottery: Cambridge Springs

Custer Kitchens: Abington

Earth & State: Media

The Frame Game: Newtown

The Frame Game: Yardley

This Little Gallery: Jenkintown

Topeo Gallery: New Hope

Urban Princess: Philadelphia

Texas

Twisted Willow Mercantile: Magnolia

Virginia

Reunions: Alexandria

Washington

The Handmade Showroom: Seattle

Online

Artfully Elegant

Artisanal Being

The Barrington Garage

Bas Bleu

Simply Inspired Goods

Tree Free Greetings

 

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