Michelle & Miguel of Attic Journals have come from Portland with their upcycled journals. Their business was born from Michelle's desire to give an original gift while in the midst of garage sale hunting. Long forgotten books are re-purposed into journals to contain new stories, song lyrics, or secret desires. You could even contain the clues to your untimely murder a la Laura Palmer.
UCU: What is your favorite part about Urban Craft Uprising or other large-scale craft shows
AJ: We love hearing the stories of how people have encountered our product and what it means to folks to have the opportunity to buy handmade. We also love the community of vendors. Some of the people we share those show floors with are some of the greatest friends in our lives.
UCU: What do you like best about crafting/creating your product?
AJ: We love the work we do with schools and libraries to relieve them of the burden of discarded books. Helping alleviate their guilt of just throwing them away AND getting money into their coffers for new books for kids to read are both pretty rewarding aspects of our work.
UCU: Is there something you are hoping to shop for, a treasure you'd like to find at this year's Summer UCU?
AJ: All of our friends and family seem to be pro-creating, so it seems fitting that we will be looking for baby items this season. It's almost like we've got more baby showers than craft shows to attend this season.
UCU: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Michelle... breathing under water in order to figure out exactly how long it takes a starfish to travel a mile.
Miguel... flight so that we could visit our loved ones at the drop of a hat.
UCU: Its summer vacation time. Beach or the mountains?
AJ: Mountains... of Mexico.
Thanks guys! They're making 2010 the "Year of Using the Entire Book" and in doing so have got oodles of bags of confetti. Check them out online here: http://atticjournals.com/