MissMalaprop.com is where modern handmade meets sustainable design. On my website, I spotlight the best in independent designers & artists, eco-friendly and sustainable products, New Orleans & Gulf Coast based businesses and issues, and people & organizations who are working to make the world a better place.
My own creations reflect those same principals. I began selling my creations under the name “dismantled designs” in 2004, after arriving home from a study abroad program in London where I saw the amazing artists at Portobello Market and where I was inspired to begin selling my own reconstructed clothing & accessories.
My designs are all one-of-a-kind, handmade and original. Most are made from used or vintage clothing, or remnant fabrics and trims. Each piece is meant to have a slightly unfinished, rough-hewn, well-loved look about it. I hope you enjoy!
Photo from Love and Squalor Photography
It’s not uncommon that while watching a movie – I’ll turn to the person next to me and say – wait, isn’t that Vancouver? We’ve got a bustling movie scene here – so much so that we’re often called Hollywood North and it’s not so unusual for there to be reports that Kristin Stewart or Dakota Fanning or some other star has been spotted out and about town. I’ve got my own celebrity run-ins that I could share too, but I’ll save that for another post. Because this post is about our downtown public library – as libraries go – it’s breathtaking. So beautiful that it’s not uncommon for movies to be shot inside – and they’re not usually library scenes either, one recent film of note that was shot here – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. As I write this post, sitting in the library, I can’t help but look around at all the wonderful architectural details and feel lucky that this library has been built in our city.
Photo of Vancouver Public Library – Battle Star Galactica Set – Via: The Pocket Square
But really, what’s infinitely more important than the design or look of any library is it’s contents. I think I’ve always known this to be true. As far back as I can remember I have been obsessed with books. It must be due, at least in part, to influences in our home. There were always books strewn throughout it and one of my earliest dreams and desires was to be able to read like my brothers could. It’s even possible that this lifelong passions roots can be traced to one of the first books that was read to me by my brothers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – to this day I fondly remember the twists and turns of this delightful tale. From the golden tickets to the wonders and quirks of Willy Wonka’s factory. When I finally did learn to read my mom would take me to the library where I was allowed to check out a stack of books as tall as my little arms could carry. I’d excitedly bring them home and quickly read through each and every one before returning to check out many more.
Librarian glasses from Je Sophi
I think one of my greatest delights will be teaching my children to read (when I have children of course). Who’s to know if they will share my passion for reading but I do hope that will be the case. I also know that while we may never be able to travel to all the places or meet all the people we’d like to in this lifetime, inside the pages of books so many adventures and experiences are waiting for us.
Library Ladies from Janet Hill Studio
Today – with libraries on my mind, I’ve gathered a number of handmade finds to share – I hope you enjoy them. Please do feel free to share a favorite book either from childhood or one you’ve read recently, I’d love to hear about them!
Bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts
My name is Tara Turner and I am a fine art photographer and digital artist who has a driving passion to capture the beauty of my surrounding environment, whether it be a misty landscape, a moody sky or an old brick wall with a hundred stories to tell. I focus on combining my two favourite genres of photography- landscape and urban. By merging these two mediums I hope to make a statement about how as people we affect the environment around us. As well I hope to evoke emotion by creating a visually appealing, unique and imaginative piece of work, as ultimately in the end, some things can’t only been seen…they must be felt
Merritt Hyde has lived in Arab, Alabama for the past six years and likes living in a small town where there are few distractions and it’s quiet. Besides her husband and her son, Gibson, who is five years old, she lives with her duck and goose, aptly named Duck and Goose. Merritt is a mother, wife and artist and loves nature, music and art. Visit her store here.
I first came across Helen Dalgairns’s bright and eye-catching work when researching a product profile inspired by my cats. I Her print of a cat basking in the sun (above) stayed with me as I thought about how it captured the very essence of most house cats. I was intrigued to learn more about Helen and her work, and to share it with you.
Helen lives in Hull, in Northern England with her husband and a black cat called Neo. Working full-time as a youth worker with the local council, Helen illustrates in her spare time, creating visual artwork that depicts her love for cats! She loves to use bold colours, patterns, vintage, nature and animal humour. “I have also recently started to introduce some human creatures into my artwork, mainly pretty ladies and their cats. The first of this new work is illustration ‘No:1 Crazy Cat Lady’ [below], which was inspired by the many crazy cat ladies out there.”
Helen says she’s always been “obsessed with drawing” and studied art and design at Hull College, with a focus on illustration, photography and textiles – sounds like a perfect mix! After graduating, Helen didn’t create much artwork until about three years ago, when she started creating and selling her work. “One day I had this creative urge, I realized I was not utilizing my creative skills to their full potential, something was missing from my life including the opportunity to express things in a visual way. I wanted to introduce some colour amongst the grey and I wanted to create artwork that made people smile.”
What keeps Helen going with her busy dual lives is knowing that her artwork is making its way into people’s homes, and particularly when she gets positive feedback on her pieces, “especially when someone shows appreciation for your vision and creations, this is very special to me. Buyers and visitors have often shown me things I have never even noticed about my work.”