mkc photography

About Us

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.

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.

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mkc photography presents

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Sustainable, 5×5 art blocks handmade from salvaged wood + salvaged library book paper + original art by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes.

Made by hand in the USA and signed by Michelle on the reverse. The perfect size size for wall, mantel or book shelf, and each arrives ready to hang with a keyhole opening on the back…no need to add hardware.

No two are alike on the sides and reverse – the salvaged book paper on every block makes each one a true original!

Sustainable tree ornaments handmade from salvaged wood + salvaged book paper + original art by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes.

Handmade in the USA from 1.25″ square salvaged wood and reclaimed book paper. No two are alike on the sides and reverse – the salvaged book paper makes each ornament unique!

Sustainable, statement piece large art blocks handmade from salvaged wood + salvaged library book paper + original art by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes.

Made by hand in the USA and signed by Michelle on the reverse. No two are alike on the sides and reverse – the salvaged book paper makes each art block a true original.

Our charming, durable, sustainable keychains and tote bag/purse charms are handmade from salvaged wood + salvaged book paper + original art by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes.

Handmade in the USA from 1.25″ square salvaged wood and book paper, and sealed with a high-quality, non-toxic finish that will withstand daily use. Comes with a stainless steel key cable that attaches to purses and bags for a stylish touch.

Large (3.5″) and small (1.25″) picture holders: charming holders for photos, keepsakes, and store gift cards!

Handmade from salvaged wood + salvaged book paper + original art. Sustainable and made by hand in the USA, and no two are alike on the sides and reverse.

Beautiful prints & canvas art for every room the home.

All prints and canvas gallery wraps made with archival papers and inks in the USA, and will last a lifetime. Each piece of art signed by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes.

The Hyperlocal Collection: let’s celebrate your neighborhood and combine our artwork + your zip code to create something unique for your store!

No customization fee and no minimums.

Please contact Michelle for more details.

Love our artwork but looking for something truly bespoke?

Michelle is available for art commissions and will happily create something exclusively for you and your store.

Please contact us for more information!

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