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Modern Shape, Vintage Images — Intriguing Handmade Lamps at a Reasonable Price

Written by Rebecca Christian

If, like me, you are drawn to flea markets where you can find nostalgic oddments such as old coins, old stamps, vintage card games, and handwritten recipes, I think you will like Monica Burke's Table Lamps as much as I do. Working at a vintage lighting studio inspired Monica to rewire old lamps and remake them using found objects and nostalgic images from old postcards and maps. Sometimes she uses her own original photography. In her recent work, a contemporary cylindrical shape gives the lamps a modern edge.

Czech Rhino Stamp Lamp by Monica Burke

The lamps are handmade of sturdy cotton with archival grade ink. I first saw Monica's work when my daughter -- who loves handmade things and likes to support emerging artists and craftswomen -- gave one of her lamps as a wedding gift. The "Appearing Quote Typewriter" Lamp looks like an old typewriter with a fresh sheet of paper in it when unlit. When turned on, a quote appears -- and you can pick the quote. She'll customize it.

Monica Burke's Appearing Quote Typewriter Lamp

The lamps are $48 at The Daily Grommet (, and you can also find her work at



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