Another Trash Bubble Update

Since the first of the year, there has been an increase in the Trash Bubbles received at the Studio. A few of them will be sprinkled throughout this post. You can find the others here: While you’re there, join us, won’t you?

From Michael Orr

New Bubbles continue to come out of the studio, as well.

The deadline for the call for Trash Bubbles as originally set forth here: has been extended indefinitely. If you have a Bubble brewing, please send it on. We need all the pieces we can assemble for the mural of your creations that is part of the proposed exhibit.

In addition, I have been researching and applying to receive grants to further the project, Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash, as it morphed from a one and done exhibit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a traveling exhibit. The broader scope allows for greater participation and therefore greater impact.

From Alicia Starr

Creative Capital was the first chance I took, hoping that the idea would be edgy enough and interesting enough to garner support on a grand scale, knowing that the project would benefit from artist services as well as the funding. We’ll find out in June if the project will advance. Keep your fingers crossed!

Just this last week, I applied for a Black Earth Institute fellowship. I feel strongly that the fellowship, which lasts three years, will allow me to work alongside other like-minded artists to affect change on several levels while providing peer support and critique for the project.

From Catherine M. Bennett

Eager to get to the nitty-gritty of putting all of our samples to work for the cause, I am entertaining any funding that suits the project. Should you have any ideas along those lines, please feel free to contact me with the pertinent information. You can do this in the comment section, or via the link at the beginning of this post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!



This Week in the Studio: Finnabair Inspired

Having purchased some round canvases a few months back, I’d been toying with ideas for their use. One idea played out in the studio this past week and I thought I’d share it with you here.

If you’re familiar with Finnabair, you’ll immediately see where my inspiration originated. If you’re not, you can see her work here:

This piece began with a black gessoed canvas that had been gone over with a stencil and white acrylic. I chose a black and white photograph of Louise Brooks, early Hollywood movie star, as my focal point.

In keeping with the black and white palette, I added metal/silver and got to work.

At this stage, I was plotting out where things would go…

Finnabair Inspired Louise Brooks In Progress

Old and new combined here to create an interesting array. The intention was to tightly pack the bits and bobbles. This was the final result…

Finnabair Inspired Louise Brooks

Here are a few close-ups of the detail…

Finnabair Inspired Lousie Brooks Close-up Detail

Finnabair Inspired Lousie Brooks Close-up Detail

There are probably a few things I’d have done differently, if I had it to do over again. As this was an experiment, that is to be expected. Overall, I am pleased with the results of my efforts.

Have you created any Finnabair inspired work? Please feel free to share in the comments, if you have. Simply use your photo’s url to link it in the comments.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

This Week in the Studio: Going Postal Mail Art!

Crow About Studio-B, run by artist Nancy Baumiller, recently added me to their creative team. An exciting step forward for me, I was eager to get to work!

Last week, Crow About Studios-B released their latest kit, Going Postal-Mail Art. It was, as most of you can guess, right up my alley. Her bits and pieces have a Zetti feel with which I felt right at home. You can find the kit here, if you are interested: The downloadable kit is currently on sale at 20% off for $4.80.


Free-Spirited was the first piece I created. It is, as one might expect, a piece of mail art in the form of a postcard. I used the Retro Café Art Gallery chipboard postcard blank for this piece. You can find them for purchase here:–Style-1–Set-of-4.htm There are nine styles from which to choose, but this one suited my purposes best. They come 4 to a pack for $3.99.

Not limiting myself to mail art, I wanted to try an altered art piece using the kit. I found a small paper mache mailbox at my local craft store. I couldn’t wait to get into the studio with it! This is what transpired:

Mail Art Mailbox I

Mail Art Mailbox II

Mail Art Mailbox III

Mail Art Mailbox IV

Mail Art Mailbox V

Mail Art Box VI

Working on another postcard and some ATCs, so I’d best get back to the studio!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!