A Giveaway from One Man's Trash

I am thrilled to announce this fantastic giveaway from Rachel Miller, artist and owner of One Man's Trash. Rachel is a new mom who lives and works in Austin, Texas creating one-of-a-kind Bohemian jewelry and accessories. Her work is totally unique, colorful and easily wearable. The photos below were taken at a recent fashion show in Austin that showcased her beautiful work.

Some questions for Rachel...
What is the essence of One Man's Trash? 

I try to find beauty in common and unexpected items. Treasure in unexpected places if you will.  Much of what I use is would-be waste, scraps of tubing, rope, common household items, simple hardware store supplies-even things I find on the ground. That is not to say I don't occasionally find something at the bead store that I simply MUST HAVE but I aim to use it in an unexpected way with other, not-so-obvious materials.  I try to let the creativity of the design be more of the allure than the expense of the materials--it can be an exciting design challenge while also reducing a little bit of waste. 

What inspires you?

Much of what I do is with fiber and embroidery threads. This allows me to have a full palette of color to work with but in an unusual medium. While I have a signature style of bright, bold, ethnic pieces, no one piece is the same with my work and I am continuously trying something new.  I am inspired by EVERYTHING!  My pieces are designed for bold women who love looking great and a little different, yet they are priced for REAL people such as myself.  Most people don't have $500 to spend on a necklace but should be able to express themselves just as someone with access to high fashion-Responsible fashion. It is thrilling to be able to express myself creatively and have others respond the way they have.

Rachel has created a special necklace just for this giveaway!  In a recent email, she wrote "I know you told me not to make something special, but I was feeling inspired and want La Maison Boheme readers to really get a sense of what my work is about..and in lovely fall colors!"  Inspired, indeed!  This is a stunning two-strand fiber choker with a large faux jade bead in fuchsia, olive, chartreuse, rust, red, black and white fibers.  It could be yours...

Then come back and leave a comment about your favorite piece from Rachel's collection.  It's that easy!  Include your email or make sure we have a way to contact you when you win! The giveaway ends Sunday, September 11th at midnight. The winner will be chosen randomly (using random.org) and announced on Monday, September 12th.

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