Michelle Gormley — crafter, maker, and owner of local home decor business Girl On The Edge Of Something New — spends her time “finding” old furniture, pieces of architectural salvage, and sometimes just junk, that she turns into beautiful, hand crafted accessories for your home. Whether it’s a small, vintage bureau that she’s stripped and painted to give it new life, or her signature candle holders, re-purposed from table legs and bed posts, Michelle has an “edge”, and is building a following, as an artisan crafter and maker of beautiful things.
Using a personal experience to create something positive is inspiring, and here, as part of The 12 Days of an ARTful Holiday series, Michelle takes a moment to share what she makes, and where you can find it.
Can you share with us a bit about your work and how you got started?
“I started by making things for my new home after my divorce. Using a mix of pieces I had, and pieces I had purchased, I was able to create a new, unique, one-of-a-kind decor, and thought I could help others do the same.
I have always loved to hunt for things. Even when I don’t know what I am looking for… I know it when I see it! The pieces seem to find me, and when they do, I start to envision what they can become.
I love going to flea markets, and large dealer events like the Brimfield Antique Show, to find items to work with, and to be inspired by.”
Where can people interested in purchasing your work, or hiring you for a custom piece, find you?
“My work can be seen and purchased at craft fairs and vendor markets throughout New England.
I have a booth at Bernat Antiques in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, and I may be contacted for custom pieces through my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GirlOnTheEdgeOfSomethingNEW/ and on Instagram at girlontheedge”
The 12 Days of an ARTful Holiday features local artists, crafters, and makers who work and/or live in Worcester, for 12 consecutive days of the holiday season. By letting them share their work in their own words, I am hoping readers will recognize the incredibly talented community of creatives we have here in our city, and consider their pieces and classes as a thoughtful, hand crafted, local option for gift giving this season.