Yanni, the shop owner is a wonderful girl who loves to make new things out of old things.
Yanni is a very creative person, I mean anybody who can make something that beautiful out of a map has to be very talented. I actually got the chance to do a little interview with Yanni, and I have to say, I was very impressed.
For the interview I asked Yanni 3 questions and she happily answered,
1. What is the oddest material/ piece of scrap that you have made something out of?And what was it you made?
Some thought it odd, others thought it weird but at least a few considered it funky and fun! It was cool converting old forks into pendants with only a bit of twisting here and there and a few glass embellishments.
One material I would love to master working on would be broken vintage glass bottles. I did reclaim and convert a few shattered glasses into pendants but maybe not dazzling enough to be considered FINE lol.
2. What or who inspired you to start working with recycled materials?
My love for recycling, upcycling and remaking started because I have an enormous collection of bits and pieces that I have stocked since childhood. I used to do collage, woodworks, beads and more traditional kinds of things. I did lots of recycling projects that were a hit exhibit viewers. I really enjoyed those moments, and from that I started making things with any kind of debris I find. If I see any discarded and unloved materials along the way headed for a trash pile, I couldn’t help but pick them up knowing one day, I would create something beautiful out of those rubbish. When I eventually started making funky and unique jewelries, it was hard to stop. Currently, I have tons of maps, stamps, vintage books and lots of found objects that I try to incorporate in my pieces.
3. Alot of your pieces are made with maps, what gave you the idea to make something out of a map?
I have always loved maps. They're useful. They're pretty. And quite often, they're free. I could spend hours looking through an Atlas and never get bored by it. As a child who was fond of history and geography, I was fascinated by postage stamps from around the world and all kinds of maps- physical, political, treasure, climate, old, new, you name it. With the heaps that I collected and sorted, I was just contented on keeping them in an album and the Atlases neatly stacked only for my own consumption. I really never figured out how else to use them. However, with the art of decoupage, I finally found a way to incorporate them in my craft projects. I am now able to create wonderful pieces especially with a travel theme. At present, I continue to collect any maps I find. I actually frequent book sales to scout for vintage books and atlases which I know would make my craft world more exciting.
That was the end of my interview.
I was very impressed, because she takes things that we would throw away and she makes them into beautiful masterpieces. I am so happy I found Yanni's Creations. I am in love with her pieces and I know you will be too! Here are a few of my favorites...
The Decoupage Memory Box with Postage Stamps and Maps, available for only $10.00
Decoupage Globe Atlas Dangle Earrings: Available for just $8.00! ( I am soo tempted to get these!)
The Pressed Botanical Decoupage Wooden Bangle Available for $18.00 (BTW- FLORALS ARE IN RIGHT NOW!)
Yanni's Creations are all beautiful and unique. I am in love with her shop! Stop by and see for yourself!
Yanni is letting me give 1 of you a custom made map piece (either a necklace, bracelet or bangle) And you can choose the part of map you'd like on it, like China, the US, Russia , etc.
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Disclosure: No compensation was received. Opinions expressed above were all my own, and were not influenced in any way.Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you are chosen as the winner! The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email, or a new winner will be drawn. The giveaway Ends June17th, 2010 at 11:59 pm
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