Announcement Hello + Welcome! We just moved across the country (!) so please allow a few extra days for items to ship. Please reach out if you have any questions. Thanks!
Hello + Welcome! We just moved across the country (!) so please allow a few extra days for items to ship. Please reach out if you have any questions. Thanks!
Sandra Sarson on Jul 5, 2016
As a huge mtn biker, my husband loved this. I had the map of the park he bikes at used as the background which made the clock meaningful. He loved it!! Very nice and unique piece!!! Thanks!!
eisenhutcat on Apr 27, 2016
I bought this item as a birthday gift for someone and it was perfect! We ran into a bit of a shipping problem (USPS's fault), but Liz was really great: she was very responsive and willing to work with me to insure that I received the item I ordered. The piece is very well made - I definitely recommend!
Seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary
1.by.liz began with an idea and inspiration. I was working as a classroom teacher at the time and used many recycled materials in the classroom. Children tend to see possibilities in all materials and it is this quality that inspired me most. In the winter of 2006, I had some bike parts lying around and I began to play. I never imagined it would turn into the small business it is today!
Every clock is made from used bicycle chain rings and backgrounds made from reclaimed textiles, limited edition fabric, and topographic maps. All of the materials are sourced locally and cleaned by hand in my brooklyn studio. I love the process of combining the industrial metal of gears with texture and color, and since no two clocks are ever exactly the same, the design process is vibrant and ever changing.
1.by.liz is just one of my projects. In addition to designing clocks and running a small business, I teach at the university level and consult on early childhood education and classroom environment design. In many ways, my work with recycled bicycle parts is similar to my work with children. The more time I spend with both, the more I find the extraordinary within the ordinary.
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Returns & exchanges
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Frequently asked questions
Do you offer custom clocks?
Yes! I love creating custom pieces. We can customize the map, background textile, and/or chain ring. You can provide the materials or I can let you know what I have in stock. Custom orders typically take 2 weeks but are sometimes possible in less time. Share your idea and together we can create what you're looking for!
Do you do special orders for bike events?
Yes! Custom orders for bike races and other bike-related events are definitely possible. Contact me and we can discuss the possibilities.
Can you gift wrap? And include a note?
Yes. All items are packaged and wrapped ready to gift. If your order is a gift and you would like to include a hand written note, just let me know what you would like it to say in your note to seller at checkout.
Do you do wholesale?
Yes. My work is carried at a small number of shops and boutiques around the U.S. If you're a shop owner interested in learning more, please contact me at email@example.com