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Tyler Bender Books, made from vintage and salvaged materials

tbk_vintage_200kPlease tell us a little bit about yourself and your business. I independently construct blank books from recycled materials and sell them to stores, at street markets, online, and at craft and gift shows. I also offer custom binding work. It is a full time gig. 

What inspired you to go into the craft business, do you still have a day job? Atbk_tshirt_200ks a young teenager a family friend encouraged me to place my work in local gift shops. When my pieces began to sell I was inspired to keep crafting as a business. I was accepted into my first craft show, San Francisco Bazaar LA, in 2006. The show was so successful for me that I had the confidence to quit my then day job working at an art gallery.

tbk_2R_scatter_200kWhat are your creative influences? Creative influence is everywhere and in every form. I sometimes never know until I experience it. The creative energy and spirit exuded by other crafters probably inspires me the most. Craft shows are so enjoyable for that reason.  It is a great feeling to be surrounded by such a vibrant and supportive community.

What’s the best advice you have been given about your business or craft practices? Accept credit cards!!!  And it is absolutely worthwhile to exhibit at trade shows.

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