16 Mar 2008

Artisan of the week, Monica of Mojo Trashion

I hope you are all having a great Sunday! Today I'd like to introduce you to Monica of Mojo Trashion. I found Monica's shop on Etsy and loved all the goodies I saw there. They are all so bright and cheerful, you can't fail to raise a smile when looking through the shop. Add to that the fact that most of her materials used to make each item are recycled and you have the perfect environmentally friendly goods. So I'll let her tell you a little bit about herself and her work.

1. Could you please introduce us to who you are and what you do?
My name is Monica Brooks and I'm from a tiny town called Warrenville in South Carolina. I make accessories and other funky things from recycled packaging, clothing, and other fun found objects.

2. What led you to take up your craft?

I got a sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago and taught myself to sew. I was hooked in no time!

3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?
The reaction I get from people who haven't seen my work before. I like to make people see their "trash" in a whole new way.

4. Which part do you find hardest?

Finding time to make all the ideas floating around inside my head!

5. Where do you hope to be in 1 year’s time?
I hope to be where I am right now! I love having a shop on Etsy and spending my day making things to put in it.

6. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Don't burn your bridges on the way up because you may have to cross them on your way back down.

7. Name other artisans sites/shops would you recommend are worth a visit?
I'm always looking for other up-cycled creations on Etsy. Here are a few really cool shops I've come across recently:

Feltupcycle Who as the name suggests makes felted items from upcycled woollen clothing.
Ivylanedesigns who recycles a variety of items and makes beautiful goods from them.
Retiredrecords This lady recycles old vinyl records into usable products and funky fun new items.
LostAndFoundObjects2 Jewellery and monsters all made from recycled materials.

8. What is your favourite sandwich filling?

Apple sauce!

So thats a little about MojoTrashion. You might have noticed that the shop is looking a little empty at the moment, thats because Monica is away having a baby! I'm sure we would all love to wish you and the baby well Monica. If you have liked Monica's creations in her Trashion shop you can also see more of her beautiful work in her other etsy shop MoJo.


  1. OMG! What wonderful, cute & unique goodies! Love them! I also love Monica's answer to queston #6. Sounds like great advice.

    Super artist & super feature! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Great blog feature! I especially liked the baby booties made out of ramen noodle packets!!

  3. Those Ramen booties are too much! I wish my nieces were little again :)

  4. Clever and creative,Very nicely presented,also.

  5. Absolutely brilliant! These items by MojoTrashion are so clever and adorable! Really nice blog!


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