“Courage” 5×5 Art Block

Retail: $39.00

Every art block is made with love from locally sourced reclaimed wood and original artwork by Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes!


Our original artwork “Courage”, carefully mounted on a salvaged wood block lovingly covered with vintage book pages. Every block is sealed with multiple layers of a hand-applied, water soluble, non-toxic matte varnish and is signed on the reverse.

Each block is a true original due to the salvaged book paper used on the sides and reverse – no two are alike.

These lovely 5×5 art blocks are perfect for the wall, mantel or shelf, and each block arrives ready to hang with a keyhole opening on the back…no need to add hardware.

Be happy knowing your eco-friendly photo block has been created with love from locally sourced reclaimed wood!

Watch how we create our work right here: https://vimeo.com/126131704

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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.