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Made From Books is a line of jewelry by Yes & Yes Designs that uses unwanted, falling apart, or outdated books as their source material. Each piece is laser cut and assembled with care by Laura and Julien Shields in Oakland, California. We then donate a portion of our proceeds to Room to Read, a non-profit that supports literacy and gender equality in Africa and Asia.

For us, Yes & Yes Designs is about creating something beautiful that has a positive impact. We don’t want to have to choose between fun or serious, bold or sophisticated, beautiful or meaningful: we want it all! Yes, yes, and yes!

Laura Shields began Yes & Yes Designs in 2008 by experimenting with a wide range of materials, including a formidable collection of wool felt that she inherited from her grandmother. In the beginning of 2010 she joined Techshop and started…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 20
  • Joined December 22, 2007

Favorite materials

vintage books, found materials

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MADE FROM BOOKS

About

Made From Books is a line of jewelry by Yes & Yes Designs that uses unwanted, falling apart, or outdated books as their source material. Each piece is laser cut and assembled with care by Laura and Julien Shields in Oakland, California. We then donate a portion of our proceeds to Room to Read, a non-profit that supports literacy and gender equality in Africa and Asia.

For us, Yes & Yes Designs is about creating something beautiful that has a positive impact. We don’t want to have to choose between fun or serious, bold or sophisticated, beautiful or meaningful: we want it all! Yes, yes, and yes!

Laura Shields began Yes & Yes Designs in 2008 by experimenting with a wide range of materials, including a formidable collection of wool felt that she inherited from her grandmother. In the beginning of 2010 she joined Techshop and started playing around with laser cutting. Constantly on the hunt for exciting materials to repurpose, and being a natural bibliophile, it didn’t take her long to cut into her first book. She’s been hooked ever since! In 2012 Yes & Yes Designs and Made From Books launched a kickstarter for a laser cutter, which was successfully funded. Since then, Julien Shields joined the Yes & Yes party machine full-time, and made the excellent decision to marry Laura. Now Laura and Julien design and produce their jewelry from their workshop in Oakland, CA.

Learn more at madefrombooks.org

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