Tell us about your business.When I started in 1998, I recycled baby clothes to make cloth dolls. Seven years later, I was inspired by an old tie dye shirt that resembled the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly. I decided to turn the shirt into a bowl. After several unsuccessful attempts with retail products, I developed my own hardening solution. It worked great and I had several offers to buy the bowl. In 2005 Vessel Vixen was born! My process: I soak the material in my hardening solution until it becomes pliable, then I hand shape it before it hardens. After lots of sanding, each piece is coated with a soy based lacquer for a glass like appearance. I currently exhibit and sell at art fairs around the country. I'm looking to take the next step and present my products to buyers at trade shows.
What makes your business stand out?I am self-taught and came up with this concept myself. I've combined my love of creating with my passion for recycling. I recycle fabric scraps from upholstery shops, newspaper, paper bags from fast food restaurants, cardboard from shipping and cereal boxes and scrap wood. I also turn pizza boxes into serving trays. Everything I create is decorative yet functional...they hold water. Each piece is one of a kind, signed and dated. My customers can also recycle by sending me their own fabrics or newspaper clippings to make a lasting artistic memory.
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