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Behind the Scenes: My Motivation

Behind the Scenes: My Motivation

There are, of course, many things that motivate me to turn on the lights in the studio each morning. An idea the bloomed in my mind overnight that I’d like to create into art; orders to fill; bookkeeping to complete. When you’re the CEO/CFO/CCO of the...
Behind the Scenes: A Little More About Us

Behind the Scenes: A Little More About Us

In this company, there’s a “me” but there’s also definitely a “we.” I’m the artist, the designer, and the Official Doer of Most Things, but my husband Marty is the carpenter who helps make this whole salvaged wood endeavor...
Behind the Scenes: Story Behind the Name

Behind the Scenes: Story Behind the Name

When I first began, I sold only fine art prints of my photography under my name: Michelle K. Ciarlo-Hayes (my entire name is Michelle Katharine Mary Ciarlo-Hayes, but that kind of signature wouldn’t fit on anything smaller than a mural, so…I jettisoned a...
Behind the Scenes: A Piece Close to My Heart

Behind the Scenes: A Piece Close to My Heart

This particular piece isn’t my newest – in fact, it’s one of my earlier works that I now call a classic. It far predates Nike’s “Like a Girl” campaign – and believe me, when that launched in 2014, I had a ton of messages from...
Behind the Scenes: Working Full Time

Behind the Scenes: Working Full Time

If you stop in to the studio, you’ll find me doing any one of the 6,745,309 things I do every day to keep the wheels humming along smoothly (except for one thing: you won’t find me cutting the wood for the art blocks, ornaments, or other items because...