The Torgerson sisters started out on separate paths: Carly studied education and taught art in public schools, and Casey was a passionate environmentalist serving in AmeriCorps. But when Carly hit upon the idea of using reclaimed materials to create unique works of art, Casey was eager to join in the creative endeavor. Together they formed SoulShine Studio. They contacted local businesses for donations of scrap wood, paper and more, and discovered those companies were only too happy to have a way to reduce their waste and environmental impact. The unique, upcycled nature of those materials is displayed proudly in the design of each one of the sisters' colorful creations.