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Monday, January 16, 2012

Featured artist: Alex from greenRstudio

Please met Alex from greenRstudio he makes wonderful hollow safes out of books!  What a great idea to store your most precious treasures and loved belongings.  Enjoy the interview my friends.

1. Tell us as little or as much as you would like about yourself.
My Name is Alex Rozen. I live in Washington State and hold Chef Degree in culinary arts. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my Wife Olga and our 4 dogs.

Hollow Book Safe and Flask Sherlock Holmes
2. What do you sell?
I acquire books and make them into hollow book safes. Powerful magnets secure the closure, so your flask and treasures won't fall out.

3. Why handmade?
Besides the fact that I can accommodate custom orders, I believe handmade creates a personal touch to your hollow book safe.

4. Where does your inspiration to create come from and/or your inspiration in life?
My customers inspire me by sharing some of their secrets with me. I’ve been asked to create a book safe for: flasks, handguns, electronic gadgets, flash drives, engagement rings, condoms, kindle fire, iPad and others...
Hollow Book Safe and Flask Tales of a Mystery and Imagination

5. Besides creating what else do you do? Do you have a full time job?
I spend hours and hours maintaining our Live stock and training our dogs.

Hollow Book Safe Ring Bearer Fairy Tales
6. When did you start thinking you were an artist?
I was a professional chef for a long time and one day I received a birthday present, I opened it and there it was... Hollow Book Flask Safe. I immediately liked the idea and the next day I was in my workshop crafting my first book safe.

7. Who has been most influential in your craft work?
My customers give me a great deal of influence by giving me ideas and asking for special craft orders.

8. Where would you like to be in five years?
Alaska :)

9. Is there anything you'd like to try doing that you haven't done?
crafts, sports, life in general?

I have another shop idea that is currently being worked on. It is still in preliminary design stage, but as soon as real product is ready for consumer to see, I will certainly announce it.

Hollow Book Safe Pride and Prejudice
10. Besides online where else do you sell?
Currently, I only sell on etsy.com

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  1. These book safes are so neat! It is such a great way to store precious items. I love the heart shaped cut out!

  2. Thank you very much Alex for this wonderful interview! my husband mentions moving to Alaska a lot!! Is that like a man thing or what??

  3. Thank you guys for such wonderful comments, I really appreciate it!

    Alaska is the place to be if you enjoy outdoors, beautiful scenery and fishing! :)



  4. I love this! It would be a great gift too. Give the Hollow book safe with something already inside to the recipient. This a great interview ;)


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