The debris of life is abundant on the road sides of America. The Road Side Basics bubble is indicative of the bits I find daily along the edge of the highway near our home. Rubber treads from blown tires, plastic bags, bits of rusted and jagged metal, rusty screws, discarded drink caps…. That our nation’s highways have become a catch-all for our garbage is not new, but it is sad.
Most of what I collect from the road side goes into a big trash bag, but some bits beg for new life. How do I determine which bits to keep and which ones to toss? It’s a serendipitous process. I listen to my inner artist and go with my gut. I look at each piece I pick up with an eye for aesthetics. If an item is unusual, colorful, beautiful or useful, it usually stays.
That is not to say that all my finds get used right away. I have a stash of trashy bits from which I draw throughout the year as I create. The stash is replenished throughout the spring, summer and fall for the obvious reasons. Could you see me collecting trash along snowy roads?
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!