Meet our Vendor: 1.by.liz
We are happy to introduce you to new vendor 1.by.liz. Perfect gift for any bike lover in your life!
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Liz Carlis, the artist behind 1.by.liz. I handcraft clocks from recycled bicycle gears, textiles, and topographic maps. In addition to running a small business, I teach early childhood education at the university level and am a Mama to a sweet toddler boy.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Since returning to the Northwest, my map clock line has expanded to include more west coast cities. I love the coloring and typography of vintage maps and enjoy the creative process of pairing them with the industrial shapes of bicycle gears. I offer a customized option where customers can request a map of anywhere in the U.S. (and a number of places abroad) and it continues to excite me to work with new maps and create clocks that highlight special places for people.
What was your first memory of making something?
One of my earliest memories is making spaghetti out of play dough. I remember the joy of squeezing long pieces of dough out of the spaghetti attachment that came with my play dough set. I would sit at the kitchen table for what seemed like hours and make plate upon plate of spaghetti. I think I’ve always been drawn to tactile experiences and working with my hands. When designing clocks, it is often the texture of a piece of fabric or the weight of a gear that inspires the final design.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I’m thrilled to be participating in UCU as part of the Seattle community! I have lived in a number of different cities over the past ten years since I started my business — from Portland, Oregon to Oakland, California, New York City, and now Seattle — and I look forward to connecting with the arts community here.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I think my customers appreciate that every clock is unique and made from repurposed materials. For cyclists, the clocks are a reminder of something they love and for others they are an example of creative reuse and functional design.
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