Gentle Love was created using the Curad paper bandage tape packaging I love. The tape itself is versatile as an art supply. I first began using it to create my own printed tapes with rubber stamps and Staz-on inks. I saved the packaging because I thought it was unusual. Some of my first Trash Bubbles were created from blister packs like this one. I love the divot in the center of the round cavity.
To be honest, this bubble did not live up to my expectations. It is one of my least favorite. It is colorful, I’ll give it that. Again, I worked with the colors of the packaging, whilst attempting to broaden the spectrum. Layered printed paper tapes added color and interest. The addition of the Russet Burbank potato tag was a reference to California Love.
Its message seems to be, “Gentle Love We Help Heal.” Appropriate, when you consider that Earth Day is a time for us to come together in an effort to heal the earth, to do more good than harm.
That brings me to ask my question of the week.
The back is, once again, ready to receive address information. I can almost feel the anticipation in the piece as it eagerly awaits it’s postal assignment.
Litter Bug was the first bubble created for the mobile and as I worked, I measured all the other bubbles against it. Because the mobile was an Earth Day project, I really wanted to focus on the trash as much as on the beauty wrought from it. If not for litter bugs, I wouldn’t have so much inspiration looking up at me from the ground on my walks. However, I can find inspiration to create anywhere. I would much rather folks dispose of their trash properly.
A piece of green all-weather carpet (washed up in a mild flood) made a great jumping off point for this piece. I added a crumpled scrap of smokey blue paper (pulled from my trash can) behind it to serve as sky. Bits of this and that jumped out at me from my jar of trash and found objects and soon, the bubble was nearly overflowing. The composition had become too cluttered. As I was going for a less is more approach, I removed several trashy bits and this was the end result.
A scrap of that chopped up Miracle Grow bag made the cut, as did a broken piece of flourescent lighting grate, and a fantastically rusty piece. The flower bead (found peeking up from the mud one day) gave me the complementary color I needed to complete the piece.
The packaging originally housed Tim Holtz idea-ology ruler ribbon. (Note the grommet in the upper right-hand corner which held the one inch sample.) The package is hinged at the bottom and snaps together, making it so that little was needed in the way of closure. I threaded a bit of aged gas line ribbon (found on the forest floor) through that grommet and snapped the piece shut, using patterned paper tape to seal the edges shut.
It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! I’m off to hunt trashy bits and clean up the roadside near Piney Creek Acres….
Grow Miracles began as an empty blister package from a dollar rubber stamp purchased at Target. It’s rusty orange and grey gave me a jumping off point for my palette. The orange patterned paper tapes used in this piece were also purchased at Target. (Can you guess the name of my favorite super merchandiser?)
Working with the circular bubble shape, I fitted a milk cap into it and quickly realized it needed more interest. Using circular punches, I cut circles from greeting cards we’d received and layered them together. Much better!
The leafy green of the larger circle gave me the idea to use a piece of a chopped up Miracle Grow bag I found on the ground as a central part of this piece. In it, I also found its title. Grow Miracles!
Torn strips from the orange portion of a Puffs tissue box became filler. (The patterned portion of the same box was cut into circles for use in later projects.)
Once the bubble had been taped shut with the patterned tape and plain paper bandage tape, I added a decorative grommet, in coordinating colors, to the top for hanging.
The Norkotah potato tag was almost an afterthought, but I think it adds something.
The back is fairly nondescript, ready to be addressed to a friend when the mobile is disassembled in late May after the Art of Recycling Show has concluded its run.
Off and on these last two months, I have been working on a Trash Bubble mobile for the local Art of Recycling show. An earlier blog post provided readers with a glimpse into the first few bubbles in progress:
The project has evolved, becoming the vision. On Friday, it will be delivered for inclusion in the AABC Art of Recycling Show which begins April 19th and runs through May 11th, in honor of Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd.
The Road Side Basics trash bubble was part of the Trash Bubbles ❤ the Earth mobile. Its contents were collected along the roadside.
The ribbons, from which the bubbles hang, were strips cut from a recycled plastic grocery bag.
My favorite bubble when I began the project was Litter Bug.
Now that the project has come to an end, I find that I have no real favorite, but I’ll leave you with this close-up of Road Side Basics. It makes me happy.
If you have a favorite, I’d be interested to hear which one and why. As always, if you create a Trash Bubble, I’d love to see it.
If you’re like me, you are all too familiar with the word to which I am referring.
Scenario: You work for weeks on that one piece of art, that one piece of fiction… You take care to tweak it until it shines in its best possible light. You research your options and choose the best place to submit your work. You gather up the nerve to send it off into the world and then you wait… Time passes, as you work on other things and one day, seemingly out of the blue, you get word. Excitement builds. Did they like it? Do they want to excercise their option to take it? (Oh, please! Oh, please!) You open the email and begin reading… “Thank you for the opportunity to consider your work, but we find that it doesn’t suit our needs at this time.” Ugh!
This wasn’t what I set out to write about today. Finding a similar response in my inbox this morning threw me off and this is the result.
Blindsided by rejection (despite the fact that it is as familiar to me as my own self) I tend to lose sight of everything else on the table. The negativity and self-doubt sneek in and paralyze me in that moment when I am trying to process all of the hard work I’ve done and reconcile it with the news. The pattern which ensues is usually a period of wallowing, lasting anywhere from days to months depending on my personal outlook at the time, followed by a period of intense creativity to prove to myself that I can overcome and beat the odds.
Let’s face it, to depend on one’s personal creative expression to earn a living is a full-scale gamble. It’s all relative. Not everyone is going to like X. X isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. There are too many variables. There is no magic formula. For the most part, we create what we know and love. That is the way it should be. Sometimes, we get lucky and find an individual, a publication, a gallery that appreciates what we have created. When that happens, the reward is greater than we could ever have imagined. The reality is that it doesn’t happen often. That speaks to the uniqueness of individuals around the globe. We are all different and it takes all our differences to make the world go ’round.
Sadly, knowing this isn’t always enough to save us from disappointment.
This morning, I have a question to put to you all. In the past, I have merely asked the question in hopes that folks would respond in the comment section of the post. That hasn’t worked so well. Today, I offer up a poll.
Thankful to have a current deadline to carry me through the day’s disappointment, I’m heading back into the studio to work, instead of wallow.