For as long as I can remember, I have worked with my hands. My dad, Hasip Tuzeer, was the most handy and creative person I’ve ever known and I grew up watching him work in his upholstery shop on Howard Street fixing historical furniture from the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Maryland Historical Society, and the White House. He could fix or make anything and nothing went to waste in his shop. He taught me how to sew, cook, use tools, and always nurtured my imagination. Now his shop has become my workspace where I make pottery and books, do woodworking and photography, and, of course, upholstery which I am slowly teaching myself just as my father did.

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I like working with different mediums and I’m always learning new things! This keeps a lot of exciting variety in my work and also allows me to use up my materials a lot more effectively, keep product prices down, and keep me working towards my goal of zero waste. You may notice some of the same materials across different projects… I have used ripped clothing for book covers; small pieces of fabric from pattern cut-outs for mini book covers or facemasks; I’ve added stray bits of paper to books as unique accents or to make paper pulp; my smaller books are made using scraps from larger books; and the tiniest scraps of fabric accumulate until I have enough to use as stuffing in poufs and meditation pillows. I use a lot of similar themes across mediums as well. Some of my favorites are space, cats, bees, mushrooms, birds, and the moon.

You can find my wares for sale on my website www.melikecarr.com and wholesale on faire. Follow my adventures on instagramfacebook, and tiktok. Both shipping and local pick-up are available.

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