Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash

There were rumors… people were talking… it was whispered in corners….

Now, it’s official!

Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash is an exhibit designed to bring about an awareness of trash as art.

Intended to coincide with Earth Day 2018, it is to be an exhibit of my own Trash Bubble creations alongside those created by other artists and mail artists around the globe. In addition, there will be public workshops culminating in a mass mailing of commemorative Trash Bubbles.

The purpose is to bring about an awareness of trash as art, as poetry. These pieces shock and awe on a fun and engaging level. I hope to spark conversation and encourage participation. A venue is currently being sought in the Pittsburgh area, details to follow.

In the meantime, I’d like all of you who said, “I might like to try my hand at creating one of those Trash Bubble thingies!” to get the ball rolling.

Here’s what I need from you:

  • Make a Trash Bubble using ANY SIZE of clear plastic consumer packaging. Note: I have found that pieces smaller than 4x6x2 usually require an envelope, so they don’t get lost. A piece measuring about 4x6x2 can easily be mailed without an envelope and currently costs less than $3 to post within the continental US.
  • Fill it with trashy bits. Let the bits speak to the viewer, telling whatever story you wish. Think Trash Poetry. If necessary, add words to guide the observer.
  • Seal it with tapes, stitching, staples or other fasteners, making certain that your piece will survive the post.
  • Decorate the edges if you wish, but leave room on the back to address it to:

Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash

The Studio at Piney Creek Acres

107 Marigold Lane

New Brighton, PA 15066 USA

  • Be sure to include your name, email and mailing address
  • Send your Trash Bubble along for inclusion by March 1, 2018
  • NO JURY, NO FEE, NO RETURNS
  • Join the Facebook group: Trash Bubbles: a Poetic Exploration of Trash to see the contributions of artists as they arrive and to receive updates concerning the exhibit.

This is going to be a grand adventure! I am eager to see your interpretation of the theme.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Trash Bubble: PINK!

June and July have been restorative and I am back in the studio creating Trash Bubbles with giddy abandon as I prepare for an upcoming exhibit.

PINK! is a piece that began with a literal interpretation of itself. I believe that this packaging originally held a few sample size bottles of Victoria’s Secret products.

It now contains all manner of PINK goodness….

Appealing to any young girl with a love of Princess Pink, this Trash Bubble is not to be mistaken for a child’s plaything.

The texture-rich interior can be glimpsed from both ends, as well as through the front and back.

The creation of PINK! delighted me at every turn, despite the fact that pink is far from my favorite color. My hope is that you are able to find some level of enjoyment in it as well.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed!

Long awaited, by some…

Eagerly anticipated by others…

Forgotten in a far away realm by many more…

It’s finally here!

The most recent Trash Bubble to fly from The Studio at Piney Creek Acres!

Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

The idea, along with a partially assembled bubble, floated around the studio for many months. Tired of looking at it, knowing what must be done, I got to work and Voila!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

BUBBLE WRAP!!!

A friend recently shared this on my facebook wall and I just had to share it with all of you!

Reggio Children Inspired…

http://reggiochildreninspired.tumblr.com/post/76879949644/the-bubble-wrap-project-who-knew-how-beautiful

Needless to say, I LOVE it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Outbound Mail Art: Orange, Blue and Bubble Too!

This week, I mailed a few special pieces out to some special people.

Observations in Orange was created for Dan Landrum as thanks for the entertaining digital collages he’d been creating from my mail art scans. https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/dan-landrums-digi-distortions/

Orange Observations

He was inspired to get to work right away!

LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations

I loved the purple background and the addition of the tigers!

riffing_LynnRadford_OriginalOrangeObservations01

Another mail art cohort had recently expressed some feelings of “sad(ness) with a backdrop of happy.” In an attempt to cheer her, I sent Happy Blues to Stephanie Blake in Huntsville, Alabama.

Happy Blues

Diane Keys, of Elgin Illinois was the recipient of my most recent trash bubble. You might recognize it from an earlier post… https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/the-folly-of-hoarding-art-supplies/

Arriving a bit worse for the wear,

Upon Arrival (front)

it was billed as a Cautionary Tale…

Upon Arrival (back)

For months, I’ve been meaning to get something in the mail to Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. Patterns in Plum seemed like the perfect piece, bright and joyful, much like Jill, herself.

Patterns in Plum

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

A Different Kind of Bubble

Recently, a reader asked if I intended to make and post more Trash Bubbles here in the blog, or if I was switching to mail art.

Thrown by the question, I wasn’t sure how to answer.

Trash Bubbles grew out of my mail art pursuits, much like the Consumer Consciousness series of postcards I create. Although they can be used as gift tags, personal totems and such, I originally intended Trash Bubbles to be mailable art. I stick a stamp or two on them and drop them in the nearest mailbox.

That said, I realize that I haven’t been posting many Trash Bubbles here because I’ve had so much else on my plate. I simply haven’t been making them regularly.

To remedy this, I followed through on a concept I had for a new kind of Trash Bubble.

Life's a Crap Shoot! I

Life’s a Crap Shoot!

Many of the bubbles I save are small, not large enough to mail on their own. This time, I turned one into a mailable postcard-sized piece by hand-stitching scraps of card stock (leftover from a previous project) to either side of the bubble.

The HOYLE VEGAS DICE packaging originally held five regulation sized dice. Using two slightly smaller dice, I inserted them snake-eyes up knowing there wasn’t enough room for the dice to roll around inside. We are now in a state of eternally crapping out, as it were. That’s where the title ‘Life’s a Crap Shoot’ comes in.

The zig-zag stitch I used will allow the piece to be free-standing, as illustrated in the next photo.

Life's a Crap Shoot! II

More Trash Bubbles are in the works!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Fragile Eco-Blueprint

Inspired by a strip from a piece of wall board and a yellow fuel warning label found alongside the road, I quickly built this quirky trash bubble.

Eco-BluprintIts message reads thus, “FRAGILE ECO BLUEPRINT. CAUTION FUEL! FOR DECORATIVE USE ONLY – NOT A TOY! FUNKY TOWN, USA.”

Hope you enjoyed the quirkiness as much as I did!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!