functional wall art

Chicago, Illinois · 17 Sales


functional wall art

Chicago, Illinois 17 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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functional wall art

Summer 2011. I had all sorts of papers strewn across the kitchen counter....which in my tiny apartment serves as food prep, work area, and apparently also paper storage....when it dawned on me that I needed a cork board to organize the mess. But, of course, I didn't want a regular old, rectangular cork board. No, that would not do. How square. How silly a right angled board would look on my kitchen wall! So, I searched and searched for an odd shaped board. Long story short...I had to make one on my own.

My full wall birch tree cork board let to cork giraffes for a friend's baby room. Then I needed a jewelry organizer in my bathroom. And here I am today...still cutting and slicing through cork. And I would love to share this product with you.

I work in my teeny, tiny apartment which I share with my husband and two cats. We are surrounded by cork. Typically my cats assist me while I cut. I like to focus on creating minimal form through negative space...the balance of cutting just the right amount to create a structure without overstepping the limits of the material.

For some reason I have been unable to pinpoint, I have a love of cork. I love the sustainability of the material as well as its myriad of qualities....soft yet durable, forgiving and fire-resistant ?!? even anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic. It contains a substance called suberin that repels insects and fends off mites, germs, mold, and mildew. Not only can it be recycled, cork trees are never cut down to make cork products. Trees are not even damaged in any way that would obstruct the tree’s health - only the bark is removed and a new layer will eventually grow and be re-harvested in another 9 to 12 years. Now that's what I call green.


Shop members

  • Magdalena

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am an architect living and working in Chicago. I live in a tiny apartment with a view overlooking the industrial south side of the city with my husband and two cats. The sound of trains permeates our daily activities.

  • Sr. Strategist

    Ms. Misia

    This one looks worried - must be wondering where all her snacks went.

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    Ms. Krystle

    This one may look like a princes...but do not be fooled...she is a tough cookie.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 26, 2012
Welcome to my shop and thank you for visiting!

Accepted payment methods

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I prefer all payments to be made through PayPal. Even if you don't have a PayPal account, you will still be able to make a purchase with a credit card through PayPal :

You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the “Pay Now” button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.
When payment is received your item will be handmade to order.

My current turnaround time is 1 week. I take great care and pay special attention when creating each item. Orders ship out the day they are completed.

All items will ship via United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail or FedEx Home Delivery with package tracking. In general, it takes 3-5 days from my door to yours.

Expedited Shipping and Insurance are available at additional charges based on the item. Should you want either of these options please contact me PRIOR to payment so I can adjust the shipping charges accordingly.

If Your item is being shipped Internationally the Buyer is responsible for all Custom Tariffs, Custom Duties and all Import Taxes imposed by the Buyer's Country. All International Buyers must understand the time involved to receive your package, the time it takes your package to go through customs, and the time it takes for the local carrier or courier to actually deliver the package. I take responsibility for packaging and shipping and notifying the seller, but I am unable to be responsible for time period it takes to deliver your package once it is outside the USA on the way to your international address. I want your package to arrive as quickly as possible.

Once your purchase ships, I'll email you with your tracking information.

No cancellations will be accepted once your item has been shipped.
Refunds and Exchanges
I’m sorry but at this time cannot accept refunds or exchanges, please purchase seriously.
Additional policies and FAQs
My items are made in a pet-friendly smoke-free environment.

I do my best to photograph each item as true to color as possible. Colors may vary due to computer monitor variations.


I accept custom orders and would love to hear your ideas!

How it works:
You contact me to let me know you are interested in having me create your item. Once we have the details nailed down, I will send you a sketch of the final product with measurements, cost, and turnaround time. When you are ready to purchase, I will create a custom listing for the full item('s) price. Once it is purchased I will start on the order as soon possible.

I require full payment up front for most custom orders.

Please note: All pieces are created by hand, so no two items are identical or perfect. I strive to create a quality product, and I truly hope you will enjoy it. I reserve the right to show photos of custom work as examples in my listings.