Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig!

My Trash Bubbles, published in the Winter Issue of GreenCraft magazine, arrived back at Piney Creek Acres over the weekend.From GreenCraft

As I unpacked them and photographed the pieces, I tried to think about what to do with them next.

The vinyl enclosed 45, You Are So Beautiful: Solar Disk Holism, was originally created for the 2012 Solar Disc Festival, only the festival was over by the time I got around to finishing it. (That’s what happens sometimes.) Subsequently, it has been promised to another Trashpo contemporary who loves vintage vinyl as much as I do, Neil Gordon of Connecticut.

Solar Disc Holism

This wasn’t my typical Trash Bubble. The cracked 45 was essentially trash, but I just couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. Encased in clear vinyl and punched with two sizes of holes at irregular intervals, it became another animal entirely. You Are So Beautiful… I can’t help but wonder what Joe Cocker would think.

Below are the other, more traditional Trash Bubbles which appeared in the four-page spread.

CREATIVE living for soulful CREATIVE MINDSTake Chances!WISH!

Inner Critic Silencer

You can read more about these pieces in the Winter 2013 Issue of GreenCraft magazine, on stands now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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Love Out Loud!

Love Out Loud!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

For many, Valentine’s Day is not openly celebrated in love, but loathed for its ability to build one’s hopes, often ending in grand disappointment. Folks tend to grump about this Greeting Card Holiday as though it were created merely for the purpose of their own personal torture. Some are attached, but in a difficult relationship. Others are unattached, that in itself creating a resentment toward the holiday and those of us who find ourselves head over heels in love. Still others are simply unhappy and cannot see the beauty and love in the world.

There IS an alternative to all that grumping!

CHOOSE to LOVE anyway!

LOVE YOURSELF!

LOVE YOUR FRIENDS!

LOVE YOUR CHILDREN!

Love is in the details. No money for grand gestures? That’s okay. Write your child a love note, telling him/her how proud you are of them, how much you love them! Give yourself permission to take time to do something you rarely have the opportunity for in this busy life: take a nap, read a book, take a bath. Phone a friend; just because.

Those ideas don’t strike a chord with you?

Why not focus on others, a stranger maybe? It is, after all, Random Acts of Kindness week! The Golden Rule tells us to treat others as we would like to be treated. Do something small and seemingly insignificant for someone and I promise you WILL be changed by it!

Now, go! Go forth and LOVE OUT LOUD!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

TrashPo Exhibit: Elgin, Illinois

Consumer trash volume has been the focus of numerous studies and environmental groups since before the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle initiative instituted by the EPA encouraged folks to change their habits.

Reduce Reuse Recycle logo

For some, it became second-nature. For others, it was a short-lived attempt. Many artists adopted it as a way of life, trash becoming the medium they use to express their creativity and deliver their message.

Trash as art? Why not? Trash is colorful, plentiful and free. There is beauty in everything. We need only look for it.

Diane Keys, a friend and fellow mail art contemporary from Elgin, Illinois, embodies the concept of trash as art. Her pieces of Trash Poetry are as poignant as they are attractive. Visit her blog at http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/.

When Diane decided to curate an exhibit of TrashPo mail art, I was not surprised.

Responding to her mail art call, I immediately set to work on a Bubble. This is what developed:

Diane also included the first Trash Bubble I sent. It was designed as a novelty item for her group of “All Things Trashpo” followers at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.)

DKULT Self Focus Magnifier

The exhibt, which includes TrashPo from around the world, has been well received. It is a testament to the TrashPo movement, helping to spread the trash as art concept. This Daily Herald article sums it up quite well: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130208/news/702079621/

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

It Never Gets Old!

GreenCraft at Barnes & Noble

The Winter 2013 issue of GreenCraft magazine, in which my Trash Bubbles! article appears, has hit the newsstands! I found it last Friday night at my local Barnes & Noble Bookseller.

It doesn’t matter how often it happens, I get giddy when I see my name in print. No matter if it’s a piece of fiction or non-fiction, online or hard copy. It never gets old!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Inspiration, From Whence It Cometh?

If I had a dime for every time folks ask, “Where do you get your inspiration?” or “How do you think of these things?” I’d be rich!

Seriously though, where does that oft elusive quality, INSPIRATION, live?

For me, inspiration is everywhere! It’s in the patterns of nature, the words of a treasured author, the aspirations of a friend… It’s hidden in that painting I stare into so often. It grabs me on my daily walks: in a bit of over-heard gossip and the colorful trash that grabs my eye. Glossy magazine pages and songs are equally inspiring. I could go on and on….

Many artists have an inspiration board, or book. It’s a place where they tuck swatches, clippings, and other inspirational bits. I have a board because if the bits are tucked in the pages of a book, I forget about them; out of sight, out of mind.

In my studio, I also have what I refer to as a Living Collage. It is an assemblage of vintage mini-crates which holds little art, small treasures, found objects and bits that make me smile.

LivingCollageTheStudioatPineyCreekAcres

The contents of these mini-crates is ever-changing and evolving. Bits are removed for inclusion in projects. Other bits are added as they are found. The constant is the way I interact with the collage. Its simple visual display inspires.

Inspiration is not one of those things I can put my finger on. It’s a good deal like faith in that regard. It never abandons me, but sometimes I neglect it, or take it for granted.

What inspires you? I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!