Thursday Trash Bubbles: Batman!

You might have noticed a little change this week… Trash Bubble posts will happen on Thursdays from now on. It became difficult to post back to back on Mondays and Tuesdays, so I decided to split it up a bit. Hope you don’t mind.

Batman is near and dear to my heart for many reasons, not the least of which is my grandson, Noah. Every Wednesday, he implores me to play Batman, almost from the moment his feet hit the floor in the morning. For months, I WAS Batman when we played. Noah preferred to be Robin. Once the female characters of Harley Quinn and Cat Woman were introduced, and Noah heard my versions of them, I rarely played Batman again.
This week’s Trash Bubble pays homage to the Batman character as portrayed by Adam West in the Batman classic TV series.

It began with the Hot Wheels package for the Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile. A lollipop wrapper featuring Batman’s mug and a scrap of wrapping paper sporting the Bat Signal became the Holy! contents.The back was pretty busy. I almost hit it with a coat of black gesso, but then, as I really looked it, and read it, I was inspired. Once I was done applying Batman stickers, ( a leftover from my daughter’s Batman days) I added the perfect vintage Batman quote: “Salt and corrosion. The infamous old enemies of the crime fighter.” – Batman aka: Adam West.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. In an upcoming blog post, I’ll be sharing some of the other things I’ve been working on lately, but if you can’t wait, you can check it all out on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lkradford95/

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Happy Monday Morning!

Today’s mail art call is one I was glad to see. Leonard Cohen was a prolific writer, poet, singer/songwriter and musician. He was also a painter and a novelist. His work explored everything we question… religion, politics, loneliness, sexuality, and relationships, just to name a few.

When he passed in November of last year, I heard some ask, who was he? What did he do? I was stunned that there were folks who didn’t know his name, weren’t aware of his contributions. The question should be… What didn’t Leonard Cohen do? He was a true multi-potentialite before we had a name for it, before it was cool. He set the tone, he paved the way.

If you want to learn more about him, his poetry and his music I suggest starting here: http://www.leonardcohen.com/

If you are like me, you’ll want to participate in this mail art call, so without further ado, here are the details….

Mail Art Call for all friends, poets, artists, humans who would like to contribute to 100 Thousand Poets 4 Change’s Homage to Leonard Cohen 2017 Worldwide #Hallelujah Event.

Send a postcard size work of art, photography, poetry, words to be featured on
www.100TPC514.tumblr.com

Send by email: 100tpcmontreal@gmail.com
or
SNAIL MAIL:
Betty Esperanza/ 100TPC514
53-418 Claremont,
Westmount, Quebec
H3Y2N2
Canada

NO LATER THAN AUGUST 17, 2017. All material will not be returned unless paid postage and envelope is supplied.

The 100TPC514 Festival will take place in Montreal on Saturday, September 30, 2017 where all art will be featured for public viewing. All your work will also be available online.

ADD #100TPC514 and #HALLELUJAH2017

EVENT: 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE IS WORLDWIDE!
This open mic event is in its 7th year and open to everyone. Save the date: Saturday, September 30,2017. Check for your city at www.100tpc.org
Please SHARE with your friends.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Clown Parade Project

Send in the Clowns….

International Clown Week – August 1-7  2017

As part of the celebrations, Cascadia Artpost and Walmarth of Retailia are sponsoring a Mail Art call about clowns. Send your art on a postcard to arrive by June 30 to:

MailArtmartha
12 River Grove Park Beckenham  BR3 1HU  UK
or to
Cascadia Artpost
3116 Moore Street SE  Olympia  WA 98501-3517  USA

Please follow clownparadeproject.blogspot.com (http://clownparadeproject.blogspot.com) where all entries will be documented as they arrive. By the end of the parade a printed photo-essay, also documenting the project and listing all contributors, will be sent to all participants.

Have fun with this one!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Tuesday Trash Bubble: Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34

It’s time for Trash Bubble Tuesday!

This week’s Trash Bubble has been unofficially brought to you by Prima Marketing Inc. whose most worthy consumer packaging, meant to hold their Tiny Junkyard Findings; screw heads, became Tiny Junkyard Neigborhood 34! I was inspired by the palette of the package and the following is what transpired.

Tiny Junkyards… they’ve been on my mind for several weeks. Those three little cavities simply craved their own tiny junkyards!

While going through some bits for another bubble, it hit me! YARDS! Tiny, little yards made from junk… with tiny little houses! I knew just the thing! I grabbed my jar of vintage Monopoly houses and started hunting flat, green bits of trash to serve as yards for them.

The tale of the Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood grew in my mind as I worked. Who lived in these tiny green houses with these tiny green yards?

Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34 is a neighborhood of equality. Men and women live in harmony. There is no shame. There is no keeping up with the Joneses. They celebrate their days under blue skies and puffy clouds, lit by the sunshine of of a thousand tomorrows! There is joy and love, prosperity and abundance, beauty and peace, for all who live in Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34.


Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Mail A Smile

In April, I received the following message:
Dear Lynn,
My friend and I are hosting a mail art project dedicated to raising awareness of endangered species. We’d love it if you would consider promoting our mail art call, the more participants, the greater the impact we can make!
Mail a Smile’s endangered animals mail art call runs from
February 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
and received pieces will be displayed in Budapest, Hungary in 2018. 
-We accept decorated envelopes, postcards, letters, or anything “mailable”.
-There is no entry fee, we do not return with replies, and there is no size limit.
-Multiple entries are welcome, and we will accept multiple pieces dedicated to each animal.
-We ask that senders indicate the name of the animal, and they may optionally include their name, country, and social media contact on the back of the card/envelope.
-Mail art may be sent to:
       Mail A Smile
       Budapest
       Pf.:20
       1554-Hungary
More information about it can be found on our website: mailasmile.org
Thank you for your time!
Sincerely,
Micu and Nic
A worthy endeavor that these two friends have undertaken, in my humble opinion. I’m already giving consideration to the endangered species I’d like to represent… maybe I’ll choose the Amur Leopard pictured above. There is a list on their website and they’re highlighting the species as they receive them, in hopes of receiving one or more mail art pieces per animal on the list. Take a look, maybe you’ll be inspired to participate.
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Pedestrian Crossing

Last week, I was uninspired where Trash Bubbles were concerned. I touched, I sifted, I sorted and looked, but nothing came. This week is another story. I am working concurrently on several bubbles.

Pedestrian Crossing was born of some odd toy packaging that I cut to postcard size around the little bubble attached to it. The gray on gray tire print appealed to me, but it took quite a while to get a workable image going.

The bubble is offset in the postcard which made centering the pedestrian tricky. I painted and stenciled it on the paper backing, then added a broken stop sign brad and a broken toy car wheel. After sealing the bubble, I added the Schlotzsky’s 66 sandwich pick, sealed the edges together with street map washi tape and affixed the broken Toyota emblem.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Guess Who’s Turning 50?

Turning 50 is a BIG DEAL!

It requires living 5 decades.

That’s half a century!

So, yeah, turning fifty is a BIG DEAL.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of the Fear of Fifty… but I refuse to buy into them.

Because I believe age IS just a number and birthdays should ALWAYS be celebrated, I am determined to own this one with as much JOY and CREATIVITY as I can possibly muster.

The joy of cake and ice cream when you’re six and wearing polka dots!

That’s where YOU come in…

LYNN TURNS 50! Mail Art Call

I am shamelessly and joyfully requesting that you help me celebrate by sending birthday greetings my way in time for the big day.

What to send: A handmade postcard (4×6 inches) to celebrate my 50th Birthday. There is no restriction as to medium, or technique, but I hope you might be inspired by some of my favorite things: color, polka dots, Seth Apter, rust, nature, Maxfield Parrish, surrealism, dada, Marcel Duchamp, collage, Kurt Schwitters, fiber art, books, mixed-media, found objects, assemblages, Joseph Cornell, music, pop art, Andy Warhol, vintage bits, flea market finds, mail art, Ray Johnson, stamps and vintage postage, dark chocolate, coffee, poetry, boho, industrial, shabby chic, trashpo, ephemera, hand lettering, the 1970’s, intuitive art. Just to name a few! 😀

No jury, no returns.

Deadline: June 10, 2017

Send to: Lynn Radford – The Studio at Piney Creek Acres                                              107 Marigold Lane – New Brighton, PA 15066 USA

Note: All pieces received will be featured in a future blog post commemorating the occasion. They may also be documented via Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/lkradford95/

My sincere thanks, in advance, for helping me to celebrate this monumental birthday!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!