Process

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Thousands of books are thrown away each year in the Bay Area alone. We find unwanted, falling apart, or outdated books and give them a new life. Delicate embossing, fabric weaves and fragments of colorful patterns make each piece unique. Old textbooks, falling apart children’s books, and Reader’s Digest Condensed Books are our favorites, though any hardcover book with interesting colors or patterns will do. Yes, we judge a book by its cover.

We get the books from library sales, thrift stores, garage sales, and donations. Want to donate your unwanted hardcover books to us? Yes, please! Contact Laura at info@yesandyesdesigns.com.

Because our materials are so unusual, it really does feel like a collaboration: we provide the shapes and designs, but each book provides the color, personality, and story, so to speak. Bold, simple shapes define our style- our goal is to let the material speak for itself as much as possible. And because our laser cutter is computer controlled, we are able to achieve an incredible level of precision.

After we’ve laser cut our pieces from the books, we coat each piece with many fine layers of clear acrylic to help protect them, and to make them water resistant. The final step is to assemble the pieces into earrings, necklaces, pins, or whatever it is that we want to make!

We work from our home studio (some might call it a garage) in Oakland, California. As a husband and wife team, we are involved with every aspect of our pieces, from the design, to the laser cutting, all the way to assembling the finished pieces and packing up orders. Thanks for loving what we love to make!