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Paperish Mess Made

Bibliophile Jeweler
Ukrainian Village, Chicago

“I love when I come across a phrase that just hits me-- when the phrase is so beautiful even when it's taken out of its context and placed front and center.”

Lisa came to her craft in 2006, while studying art therapy and altered books. Actually, turning the text of old books into pieces of art is a common art therapy practice, but the idea spoke to Lisa in another way. Zeroing in on choice phrases from old books rescued in Chicago back alleys, she began making nostalgic, vintage-inspired pendant jewelry—and saving some paper from its eminent demise in the process. She and her boyfriend sell the wares at their gallery and storefront in a hip little ‘hood, where they put a spotlight on items from independent artists in Chicago and far beyond as well. It’s, what’s the phrase?, serendipity in necklace form.