Craft-ish Episode 22: Duct Tape Artist, Richela Fabian Morgan

Richela Fabian Morgan

A Conversation with Richela Fabian Morgan, author of Duct Tape Bags
This week Vickie spoke with artist and author of “Duct Tape Bags, Richela Fabian Morgan. They talked about using a hardware store medium to create fine art, why she loves designing bags, and about the debate between art vs. craft.

Show Notes:

RICHELA FABIAN MORGAN is an indie crafter specializing in paper, adhesives, and found materials. She has a BA in History from NYU and a BA in Studio Art from CUNY Hunter College.

richela fabian morgan duct tape art

After working for various New York publishing companies (and invariably other people’s books) for nine years, she decided to quit her job and give writing a try. Unfortunately, she didn’t know what to write about. On the advice of her sensible mother, Ms. Morgan turned her attention to what she knew best: how to make all manners of stuff.

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Manila Bag

In addition to DUCT TAPE BAGS, Ms. Morgan has written six books:

TAPE IT & WEAR IT: (Barron’s Educational Series/2014), TAPE IT & MAKE MORE: Another 101 Duct Tape Activities (Barron’s Educational Series/2013), TAPE IT & MAKE IT: 101 Duct Tape Activities (Barron’s Educational Series/2012), THE GREEN CRAFTER: 52 Eco Friendly Crafts for Every Week of the Year (Citadel/2009), NOTEWORTHY: Homemade Greeting Cards for Any Occasion, a popular card-crafting kit (MetroBooks/2008), BABY BY THE NUMBERS: an essential reference guide to raising baby from birth to three years old (Chronicle/2008).

She is also a contributing writer to the books ALL THINGS PAPER (Tuttle Publishing/2013) and UNBORED: GAMES (Bloomsbury/2014).

richela fabian morgan tangerine bag

Tangerine Bag

Ms. Morgan has worked with kids for the past eight years, teaching various duct tape, paper, and recycled craft projects at institutions such as the Boston Public Library (all Boston, MA branches), the Rye Arts Center (Rye, NY), AI Friedman (Port Chester, NY), and the Chapel School Summer Camp (Bronxville, NY).

richela fabian morgan duct tape mask

Richela’s young student wanted to make a a duct tape mask,. Here’s what he came up with!

Ms. Morgan currently lives in Larchmont, New York with her husband and two exceedingly crafty children.



Duct Tape Bags Cover

ENTER TO WIN one of  two copies of, Duct Tape BagsSimply post a comment letting us know what alternative art or craft materials you’ve experimented with.

Post must be on this Show Notes page, and left by 12amCT on 9/8/16.

Richela’s Website

Richela’s Youtube Channel



Produced by: Vickie Howell

Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell

Music Provided by: Explosions in the Sky


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