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Reformado Photography Review

This next shop that I am about to introduce you to is so neat! Actually it’s two separate shops but all owned and run by the same person- Rossana Reformado. Let me tell this is one talented lady! Her first shop is Reformado Photography which offers unique coasters, magnets and pendants. She takes Polaroids at various locales around the world and puts the picture on to a coaster, magnet or notecard. Very cool!

I was lucky enough to review two of the coasters- the Eiffel Tower and Chicago Skyline. I was impressed at how clearly the picture came out on the coaster. I think its extremely interesting how she got the picture onto the coaster and how nice it turned out. It kind of has that old world charm look that is so popular now. We all need coasters so why not have some pretty ones to use!

I would also consider these coasters a type of collectible item. I can see people starting a collection of all the places around the world that they would like to visit. I know I have always wanted to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower! They are reasonably priced to at $12.50/coaster.
You can also find Chicago, San Francisco, Venice and a collection of Lighthouses on coasters too! I’m impressed with the craftsmanship and charm these coasters have to offer. What a great gift idea too.
I had a chance to interview Rossana about her shops and here’s what she had to say…

Please tell me about yourself.

My name is Rossana and I live in the Windy City with my wonderful family. I have a degree in Chemical Engineering but left that career after four years to pursue my passion for photography with no regrets! I currently work in an industry which allows me the freedom to travel the world and experience different cultures. Next month, my sisters and I are opening an art cafe called Espresso Thy Art, and we are very excited about the concept of offering excellent handcrafted coffee along with unique original art.

Please tell me about your shop.

I started my photography business in 2002, after discovering alternative photography techniques, specifically Polaroid SX-70 manipulations and emulsion transfers. I did a lot of traveling and creating until Polaroid discontinued SX-70 time zero film in December 2005.

I opened my first ETSY shop in November 2007 and currently offer handmade one of a kind coasters, prints, notecards, and magnets. I have since opened two other shops dedicated to different products. My shop offers infrared photographs where summer scenes look like winter scenes. This special effect is produced by using an infrared filter on my digital camera. My other shop offers glass pendants with Polaroid and infrared images under glass and original emulsion transfers on top of colored glass. I love creating new products from these rare images and enjoy sharing them with the rest of the world.
Can you tell me more about how you do the photographs in your shop?

The Polaroid SX-70 photographs are created by taking a slide image and using a Daylab unit to project the image onto Polaroid time zero film. As the film is developing, I use a sharp tool and slowly manipulate the thick, emulsion layer on the surface of the Polaroid. A warming tray is useful in softening the emulsion layer to give the image a more fluid effect. The end result is an altered photograph which looks like a painting.
It doesn’t end here- there’s more to show you!! Rossana also sent me two glass tile pendants from her other Etsy shop that deals only with them. She sent one of Central Parkand the other of Blue Flowers. Both are so pretty and unique. My favourite is the Central Park pendant because it is such a haunting photograph that really speaks to me. See for yourself just how gorgeous they are.

The exact name of this pendant is Central Park Trees in New York – Glass Pendant and its made using an archival print of one of Rossana’s infrared photograph. Its rectangular in shape and is bigger than other glass pendants I have seen in the past. I think it looks really nice to wear and the price is decent at $18.

The Blue Flowers one is really pretty too and its the same size as the Central Park Trees pendant but the rectangle is vertical instead of horizontal. I will be able to wear both pendants frequently. Another great little shop!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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