Light Up Any Room

It’s amazing how Monica Burke can transform paper and electrical components. She deftly combines vintage images with a modern cylindrical silhouette to create paper lamps that are at home in any décor. It’s not easy to blend vintage and modern elements, but she strikes the perfect, timeless balance. Monica became hooked on lighting restoration while working for a vintage lighting studio in Portland, Ore. On her days off she would rewire old fixtures and make lamps out of found objects. When she moved to upstate New York, Monica started designing her own paper lamps, using sturdy, archival cotton paper as her “canvas” for vintage imagery. She finishes the edges in grosgrain ribbon, and treats the cotton paper with a nontoxic flame retardant for safety. Old maps, postcards and stamps are part of Monica’s repertoire, and she mixes in nostalgic carnival scenes and mid-century modern themes, too. Some of her lamps use the element of surprise. With the typewriter design, for instance, a quote appears only when the light is turned on. Similarly, the Eiffel Tower is revealed in the backdrop of the tandem bike image, but only when the light is illuminated. It’s hard to choose a favorite -- each one is a work of art.

Monica Burke

Table Lamps

Light Up Any Room

It’s amazing how Monica Burke can transform paper and electrical components. She deftly combines vintage images with a modern cylindrical silhouette to create paper lamps that are at home in any décor. It’s not easy to blend vintage and modern elements, but she strikes the perfect, timeless balance. Monica became hooked on lighting restoration while working for a vintage lighting studio in Portland, Ore. On her days off she would rewire old fixtures and make lamps out of found objects. When she moved to upstate New York, Monica started designing her own paper lamps, using sturdy, archival cotton paper as her “canvas” for vintage imagery. She finishes the edges in grosgrain ribbon, and treats the cotton paper with a nontoxic flame retardant for safety. Old maps, postcards and stamps are part of Monica’s repertoire, and she mixes in nostalgic carnival scenes and mid-century modern themes, too. Some of her lamps use the element of surprise. With the typewriter design, for instance, a quote appears only when the light is turned on. Similarly, the Eiffel Tower is revealed in the backdrop of the tandem bike image, but only when the light is illuminated. It’s hard to choose a favorite -- each one is a work of art.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Monica
    Monica

    Hello good people of Grommetland.

    My name is Monica Burke. I'm so glad you took a minute out of your day to have a gander at my handmade paper lamps.

    If you have any questions for me about my experience creating lamps or my two newest obsessions: Masterchef Australia and baking homemade bread, don't be shy - I love a good chat. Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Anne
    Anne
    11/3/2011 12:17 PM

    I'm sure I must be missing an option to click - but where is the list of quotes that are available for the wonderful typewriter lamp? I saw the authors' names, but not the chosen quotation.

  • Drea
    Drea
    11/3/2011 12:20 PM

    Anne - it's under "details"...I had to look around a bit, too. :-)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/3/2011 12:23 PM

    @Anne and Drea - I will pull them here as well. Good to have this information in two places!

    Quote Options for Typewriter Lamp:

    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

    “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” - Aristotle

    “Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” - Mark Twain

    “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” - Emily Dickinson

    “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” - Jane Austen

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    11/3/2011 12:23 PM

    Do you have a website or just etsy?

    Best,

    Michelle

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 12:38 PM

    @Michelle Thelen:

    Currently my website is under construction but I hope to have it up and running in a few weeks, thanks!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    11/3/2011 12:27 PM

    How the light switch work? In-line switch on the cord? Is there a way to make this into a 3-way light? Also, does this lamp accept low-wattage CFL bulbs? I have several lamps at home that, because of their design or size of harp, will only allow incandescent bulbs.

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 12:41 PM

    @Wendy:

    Hi Wendy,

    There's an in-line switch on the cord and currently there is no three way socket option. The lamp has a candelabra socket so if you use a CFL in it you'd have to get one with that size socket. Thanks for your questions!

  • Anne
    Anne
    11/3/2011 12:42 PM

    Thanks

  • Sundog
    Sundog
    11/3/2011 1:04 PM

    Do you do custom lamps, with un-copyrighted images that I supply? Images would be of Chrysler Building (background) and zoo animals (foreground).

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:12 PM

    @Sundog: I can do custom orders but not during the holidays - I'm a one-woman shop so in order to keep up with regular demand I stop doing custom orders during November and December. Check back in January if you're still interested, thanks!

  • Sundog
    Sundog
    11/3/2011 2:17 PM

    @Monica Burke: Off-topic question, please email me when you have time.

  • Sara Coleman
    Sara Coleman
    11/3/2011 1:05 PM

    Go Monica! I wanted to tell all of the amazing Grommet shoppers that Monica is a lovely person! She is obviously talented, and a woman who puts her heart into her work and life. I'm so happy to see her here, and lucky to call her a friend. I hope you'll let her 'light' into your life! :)

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:30 PM

    @Sara Coleman: Hey girl! Thanks for the endorsement - say hi to the family for me!

  • Merrilee
    Merrilee
    11/3/2011 1:10 PM

    Hi, Monica -- these are wonderful! I may have missed this info, but what are the dimensions of the lamps? Thanks...

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:13 PM

    @Merrilee:

    They are 6" in diameter and 12" tall, thanks!

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    11/3/2011 1:15 PM

    I'm curious, can these lamps be used as a night light in childrens rooms. If so, are there any kids themed pictures or quotes for them.

    Thanks

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:22 PM

    @Kevin: These are perfect for kids' rooms but you'll have to choose from the selections shown, maybe the rhino would look cute? Thanks!

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    11/3/2011 3:47 PM

    These lamps are fabulous!! I'm trying to order the typewriter lamp with a quote, but I want to see the quotes choices first, and not simply the author of the quote. You've intrigued me with some of the names...

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 4:07 PM

    @Tracy : Here are the quotes, they are under the DETAILS tab:

    Quote Options for Typewriter Lamp:

    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

    “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” - Aristotle

    “Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” - Mark Twain

    “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” - Emily Dickinson “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” - Jane Austen

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

    Thanks!

  • Berenike
    Berenike
    11/4/2011 5:49 AM

    @Monica Burke: I am so excited to see you have one of my favorite quotes of all time, the one by Aristotle. I have been wanting to get something really special for my best friend, and it was part of my toast at their wedding. I'm saving my pennies!

  • Writer Editor
    Writer Editor
    11/3/2011 4:30 PM

    Tough choice! Can't decide on which quote: The appropriateness of the turning the light on and the quote of spreading the light, or Thoreau's quote.

  • mcc
    mcc
    11/3/2011 4:40 PM

    I love these! What size/wattage bulb do they take?

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 5:24 PM

    @mcc: They have candelabra sockets and can take a 60 watt candelabra bulb max. If you wanted to use it as a night light you could put a smaller wattage bulb in it. Thanks!

  • Tom
    Tom
    11/3/2011 7:03 PM

    Just ordered the typewriter lamp (hey, I actually have that typewriter!) with the Edith Wharton light quote--just seems so appropriate. Looking forward to having it!

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 7:09 PM

    @Writer Editor: Hooray! And thank you! The typewriter in the photo actually belongs to my partner - I convinced her a few years ago to let me drag it around central Oregon to take photos of it. I took that picture on the side of the road near a town called Dufur. Thanks again, hope you love it! - Monica

  • Kathy Cormier
    Kathy Cormier
    11/4/2011 8:27 AM

    Monica, these are beautiful. Will buy a couple as gifts -- can't decide which. Good luck with your (ad)venture!

  • Kathy Cormier
    Kathy Cormier
    11/4/2011 8:30 AM

    Oops-- just now reading the fine print. Will these ship in time for the holidays?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/4/2011 9:09 AM

    @Kathy Cormier: Yes definitely! These are handcrafted so you should allow 6-8 days for them to ship...but Monica thinks that she will be able to get all orders out by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. They will make fabulous gifts.

  • Liz
    Liz
    1/7/2012 9:11 PM

    Hi Monica, I just purchased and received the Eiffel Tower/ Bicycle lamp. It's beautiful, however, when it came out of the box the seam of the paper was coming apart. I smoothed it down with my fingers, but it doesn't stick. Is there a special type of glue I can use to fasten this once and for all? Thanks - Liz

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/8/2012 12:35 AM

    @Liz: Oh no! We wish this lamp had arrived to you in perfect condition. I have contacted Monica and someone will be back in contact with you directly to resolve this issue.

  • Monica Burke
    Monica Burke
    1/8/2012 8:42 AM

    @Liz:

    Hi Liz,

    My apologies for the imperfection in the lamp - I'll send a replacement out to you tomorrow.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

    Again, my sincere apologies.

    Monica Burke

  •  June
    June – Grommet Team
    3/31/2012 3:32 PM

    Gave the type writer lamp to my niece and she loves it!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Monica Burke

Table Lamps

Light Up Any Room

It’s amazing how Monica Burke can transform paper and electrical components. She deftly combines vintage images with a modern cylindrical silhouette to create paper lamps that are at home in any décor. It’s not easy to blend vintage and modern elements, but she strikes the perfect, timeless balance.

Monica became hooked on lighting restoration while working for a vintage lighting studio in Portland, Ore. On her days off she would rewire old fixtures and make lamps out of found objects. When she moved to upstate New
York, Monica started designing her own paper lamps, using sturdy, archival cotton paper as her “canvas” for vintage imagery. She finishes the edges in grosgrain ribbon, and treats the cotton paper with a nontoxic flame retardant for safety.

Old maps, postcards and stamps are part of Monica’s repertoire, and she mixes in nostalgic carnival scenes and mid-century modern themes, too. Some of her lamps use the element of surprise. With the typewriter design, for instance, a quote appears only when the light is turned on. Similarly, the Eiffel Tower is revealed in the backdrop of the tandem bike image, but only when the light is illuminated. It’s hard to choose a favorite -- each one is a work of art.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Monica
    Monica

    Hello good people of Grommetland.

    My name is Monica Burke. I'm so glad you took a minute out of your day to have a gander at my handmade paper lamps.

    If you have any questions for me about my experience creating lamps or my two newest obsessions: Masterchef Australia and baking homemade bread, don't be shy - I love a good chat. Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Anne
    Anne
    11/3/2011 12:17 PM

    I'm sure I must be missing an option to click - but where is the list of quotes that are available for the wonderful typewriter lamp? I saw the authors' names, but not the chosen quotation.

  • Drea
    Drea
    11/3/2011 12:20 PM

    Anne - it's under "details"...I had to look around a bit, too. :-)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/3/2011 12:23 PM

    @Anne and Drea - I will pull them here as well. Good to have this information in two places!

    Quote Options for Typewriter Lamp:

    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

    “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” - Aristotle

    “Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” - Mark Twain

    “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” - Emily Dickinson

    “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” - Jane Austen

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    11/3/2011 12:23 PM

    Do you have a website or just etsy?

    Best,

    Michelle

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 12:38 PM

    @Michelle Thelen:

    Currently my website is under construction but I hope to have it up and running in a few weeks, thanks!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    11/3/2011 12:27 PM

    How the light switch work? In-line switch on the cord? Is there a way to make this into a 3-way light? Also, does this lamp accept low-wattage CFL bulbs? I have several lamps at home that, because of their design or size of harp, will only allow incandescent bulbs.

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 12:41 PM

    @Wendy:

    Hi Wendy,

    There's an in-line switch on the cord and currently there is no three way socket option. The lamp has a candelabra socket so if you use a CFL in it you'd have to get one with that size socket. Thanks for your questions!

  • Anne
    Anne
    11/3/2011 12:42 PM

    Thanks

  • Sundog
    Sundog
    11/3/2011 1:04 PM

    Do you do custom lamps, with un-copyrighted images that I supply? Images would be of Chrysler Building (background) and zoo animals (foreground).

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:12 PM

    @Sundog: I can do custom orders but not during the holidays - I'm a one-woman shop so in order to keep up with regular demand I stop doing custom orders during November and December. Check back in January if you're still interested, thanks!

  • Sundog
    Sundog
    11/3/2011 2:17 PM

    @Monica Burke: Off-topic question, please email me when you have time.

  • Sara Coleman
    Sara Coleman
    11/3/2011 1:05 PM

    Go Monica! I wanted to tell all of the amazing Grommet shoppers that Monica is a lovely person! She is obviously talented, and a woman who puts her heart into her work and life. I'm so happy to see her here, and lucky to call her a friend. I hope you'll let her 'light' into your life! :)

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:30 PM

    @Sara Coleman: Hey girl! Thanks for the endorsement - say hi to the family for me!

  • Merrilee
    Merrilee
    11/3/2011 1:10 PM

    Hi, Monica -- these are wonderful! I may have missed this info, but what are the dimensions of the lamps? Thanks...

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:13 PM

    @Merrilee:

    They are 6" in diameter and 12" tall, thanks!

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    11/3/2011 1:15 PM

    I'm curious, can these lamps be used as a night light in childrens rooms. If so, are there any kids themed pictures or quotes for them.

    Thanks

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 1:22 PM

    @Kevin: These are perfect for kids' rooms but you'll have to choose from the selections shown, maybe the rhino would look cute? Thanks!

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    11/3/2011 3:47 PM

    These lamps are fabulous!! I'm trying to order the typewriter lamp with a quote, but I want to see the quotes choices first, and not simply the author of the quote. You've intrigued me with some of the names...

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 4:07 PM

    @Tracy : Here are the quotes, they are under the DETAILS tab:

    Quote Options for Typewriter Lamp:

    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

    “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” - Aristotle

    “Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” - Mark Twain

    “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” - Emily Dickinson “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” - Jane Austen

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

    Thanks!

  • Berenike
    Berenike
    11/4/2011 5:49 AM

    @Monica Burke: I am so excited to see you have one of my favorite quotes of all time, the one by Aristotle. I have been wanting to get something really special for my best friend, and it was part of my toast at their wedding. I'm saving my pennies!

  • Writer Editor
    Writer Editor
    11/3/2011 4:30 PM

    Tough choice! Can't decide on which quote: The appropriateness of the turning the light on and the quote of spreading the light, or Thoreau's quote.

  • mcc
    mcc
    11/3/2011 4:40 PM

    I love these! What size/wattage bulb do they take?

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 5:24 PM

    @mcc: They have candelabra sockets and can take a 60 watt candelabra bulb max. If you wanted to use it as a night light you could put a smaller wattage bulb in it. Thanks!

  • Tom
    Tom
    11/3/2011 7:03 PM

    Just ordered the typewriter lamp (hey, I actually have that typewriter!) with the Edith Wharton light quote--just seems so appropriate. Looking forward to having it!

  • Monica
    Monica – Special Guest
    11/3/2011 7:09 PM

    @Writer Editor: Hooray! And thank you! The typewriter in the photo actually belongs to my partner - I convinced her a few years ago to let me drag it around central Oregon to take photos of it. I took that picture on the side of the road near a town called Dufur. Thanks again, hope you love it! - Monica

  • Kathy Cormier
    Kathy Cormier
    11/4/2011 8:27 AM

    Monica, these are beautiful. Will buy a couple as gifts -- can't decide which. Good luck with your (ad)venture!

  • Kathy Cormier
    Kathy Cormier
    11/4/2011 8:30 AM

    Oops-- just now reading the fine print. Will these ship in time for the holidays?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/4/2011 9:09 AM

    @Kathy Cormier: Yes definitely! These are handcrafted so you should allow 6-8 days for them to ship...but Monica thinks that she will be able to get all orders out by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. They will make fabulous gifts.

  • Liz
    Liz
    1/7/2012 9:11 PM

    Hi Monica, I just purchased and received the Eiffel Tower/ Bicycle lamp. It's beautiful, however, when it came out of the box the seam of the paper was coming apart. I smoothed it down with my fingers, but it doesn't stick. Is there a special type of glue I can use to fasten this once and for all? Thanks - Liz

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/8/2012 12:35 AM

    @Liz: Oh no! We wish this lamp had arrived to you in perfect condition. I have contacted Monica and someone will be back in contact with you directly to resolve this issue.

  • Monica Burke
    Monica Burke
    1/8/2012 8:42 AM

    @Liz:

    Hi Liz,

    My apologies for the imperfection in the lamp - I'll send a replacement out to you tomorrow.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

    Again, my sincere apologies.

    Monica Burke

  •  June
    June – Grommet Team
    3/31/2012 3:32 PM

    Gave the type writer lamp to my niece and she loves it!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.