Shandell’s Upcycles Vintage Goods into Lampshades

Shandells’ Susan Schneider, a self-proclaimed “mad collector” of vintage goods, designs her trademark lampshades using vintage wallpaper, old prints and books. She also creates elaborate tissue boxes, wastebaskets and glass decoupaged trays.

“A lampshade-crafting customer, Liz Courtney, convinced me to try my own creative luck. She sold me her barn full of supplies and took off for her Caribbean winter home. In the beginning, my studio space was just an eight-by-ten bedroom, where I crafted in a frenzy. My earliest lampshades, made from collaged vintage wallpapers, were featured in Country Home and Victoria,” Schneider states on her website.

Caryn B. Davis Photography’s photo essay below captures her unique and striking collection.

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Victoria magazine featured Schneider in the Business of Bliss issue earlier this year.

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