Sunday, January 2, 2011

Crafty Profiles: dadadreams


Happy New Year everyone! To celebrate, I've got another profile of another wonderful Etsy artist, Michelle Lanter. Based in Houston, Texas, her shop dadadreams features original collage art, ACEOs, mixed media assemblage, and jewellery.

Shop: dadadreams
Goods: vintage-inspired mixed media and jewellery
Beyond Junk:
How did you get started as a crafter? And what sparked your interest in vintage items and comics?

dadadreams:
Crafting has always been a part of who I am. I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. When I was little, my mom was always working on decoupage, crochet or some new project. I started out as her assistant; when I was old enough, I started working on my own projects.

I love collecting vintage paper ephemera because of the stories that it holds. The comic book that was once loved by a little boy can now be turned into a necklace that is worn by his wife or daughter. Taking an old image and placing it in a different context and creating a new meaning for it is a lot of fun for me, too.

Beyond Junk:
What inspired you to open an online store?

dadadreams:
Self-preservation. I had made so many pieces, I was running out of room on my shelves and walls. Rather than buying a new home for me, I decided to open a store to find new homes for my pieces. I love to hear stories from my customers about how a particular piece fits into their home or lifestyle.

Beyond Junk:
Do you see your work as being environmentally friendly? If so, how?

dadadreams:
Yes, I think so. The images I use in my collages and mixed media pieces come from books and magazines that have been damaged and were going to be thrown away. I use as much of the book/magazine as I can (images, covers, text, ads) and I sell or recycle the rest. I also see what I do as preserving part of our past, since many of the vintage images that I save would probably have been off to the landfill and lost forever.

Beyond Junk:
Tell us a bit about your plans for dadadreams.

dadadreams:
I plan to keep rescuing paper ephemera and giving it new life, a new home, and a new story to tell.
Keep reading about Michelle on her blog at dadadreams.blogspot.com. Here are just a few items from dadadreams:

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