I first fell in love with 2of2
when I saw them on Etsy
and with over 8,000 admirers you can see why! I was looking for a present for my Dad and I thought something for his office would be best, and that is when I laid eyes on this bad boy:
I can’t even begin to explain how perfect this was for my Dad. It had all the elements that we bond over – fine motor skills, wood structure of some sort, design and love of architecture. And the fact that 2of2 is run by a brother sister duo
, Dan and Mer, makes it even better.
“We opened the shop on what would have been our mother’s 61st birthday, 10/27/12. She passed away in July 2012 after a year battle with cancer. It was during that time that Dan and I put our careers on hold (so did our other 4 siblings 🙂 to be home with our mom. While home, Dan, always an artist, began creating what we now call Ghost Houses and Tabletop Forests. And I started to reevaluate how much time I spending in the office instead of with those I loved. So we made the decision that summer that in honor of our mom, we would pursue 2of2 goods. When we opened it was as much a healing exercise as anything, but as business grew, we knew we were beginning an exciting new chapter of our lives. “
“The first house was probably made a year before we opened our shop. The original design required us to hand cut each individual piece of wood and glue the frame together one tiny piece at a time – it could take a day to make one house! We now laser cut pieces of the frame, which we then have to assemble. “
“Working with the wooden frames are the easiest because they are the most consistent material. The reclaimed wood is a different adventure every time and the acrylic houses can be “temperamental.”
(All the bases are made out of reclaimed wood) “We search farms in Pennsylvania (where our dad lives) for the reclaimed wood – a fun Sunday activity! We tend to work on batches of different steps (i.e. carve 100 trees, cut 50 bases), so hard to say how long it takes or how many we make. We are still very new to this, so we are constantly brainstorming about new designs and ways to make our existing designs better and more quickly.”
In the future we hope to expand our company and our designs – we have more ideas than we could ever possibly keep up with, but right now we are just happy to be doing what we love and chasing a dream 🙂
And they are constantly updating their Etsy page
with their creations! Every time I look there is something new in their shop. In true artist fashion they are taking risks with their craft. Dan and Mer are such inspirations – true artisans. Their little homes are pieces of artwork created with so much thought. Read their tumblr blog
to see more of Dan and Mer! And thank you to both for sharing their story and work with Munro Shea Designs!