Thursday Trash Bubble: Full Head, Big Life!

The Colgate toothbrush package used for today’s Trash Bubble had been floating around the studio for some time. I hung onto it because its chambers appealed to me, as did the color. I mean, who doesn’t love a little metallic red?

I was going to remove it from its place of honor and put it in the Trash Bubble drawer… (Yes, there’s a drawer!) but then I read the small print, “Full Head – Cheek and Tongue.” Immediacy struck. I gathered a few things and got to work, never mind that there were more pressing things on my plate.

You know me and my literal translations… there just had to be a real head in there! If I’d have had a doll head that fit… but alas, we ended up with a gentlemanly skull, complete with startlingly blue eyes. He’s sporting a Monopoly top hat for the occasion. A Full Head, indeed!

As I carefully threaded the bits on the metal rod, it occurred to me that most people whose brains are full and active are known to lead BIG LIVES, lives of purpose and contribution, lives that are full and rewarding… this guy is no exception. It took me a while to locate the “BIG” bead I’d found on the ground outside a local craft store, but I persisted because I had one of my famous preconceived ideas that are difficult to shake. I backed out the rod, added the bead and a “life” sticker to the old, red, star eraser that served as his chest and began to reassemble the whole.

Full Head. BIG life. Cheek & Tongue.

I very nearly changed the “&” in “Cheek & Tongue” to read “Cheek IN Tongue.” I’m glad I left it alone. It seems funnier somehow… and I’m fairly certain folks will still get it.

There you have it! My process for this particular piece is fairly close to that of other Bubbles I create. Granted, there’s a little more planning, a little less spontaneity in some of the others, but generally speaking, this is how I work.

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy next week’s Monday Mail Art Call. I will be issuing a call for Trash Bubbles created by YOU, my readers. The call is in preparation for an upcoming exhibit; Trash Bubbles: A Poetic Exploration of Trash. Be sure to check back for the details.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Wishes and Stars

One of my big goals for 2017 is to re-purpose my ENTIRE STASH of consumer packaging into Trash Bubbles. I can’t even tell you how many pieces I have waiting in the wings… probably hundreds!

Creating Trash Bubbles is, for me, an intuitive process that can’t be forced. It sometimes takes weeks or months to complete just one.

Working on several at a time is ideal for me because it gives me variety. Often when I’m stuck on one, another will grab my attention. In this way, I can keep working and making progress.

Last week, I snapped this pic as I began working on several bubbles…

This week, I managed to finish this one, Wishes and Stars.

It’s a very personal piece for me, filled with encouragement to “Reach for the Stars… Endless possibilities… Warning: Dreams can happen!” echoing all manner of affirmations that have been presenting lately, as I firmly set my intentions for the remainder of the year.

Often, I use a vintage bit, if not true trash, centrally in the bubble. This vintage Westinghouse button helped to anchor the affirmations. Like some of my other bubbles, this one is interactive. All but three of the stars are loose inside and when jiggled they float around… it reminds me of that little vintage game that you shook to get the balls to fall into place…. Please tell me that you remember it, too?

The back side of the packaging got a little workover, too. It tells one that “When you SHAKE it you can transform your LIFE!”


In the end, I was pleased with the way this bubble morphed from glow-in-the dark stars and planets packaging into an encouraging talisman.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Library Love

Our MMMAC posts haven’t featured a domestic call in a few months. So glad to have stumbled on this one.

An avid reader, a bibliophile and passionate supporter of libraries, this call cried out to my very essence. I hope it hooks you, too!

The Midwest City, OK library will not only display all of the Library Love mail art they receive for the entire month of December, but they also write back! “Give a little love… get a little love back!” (If you can tell me in the comments where that quote originated, I’ll give you a cookie!)

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Please remember to let me know if you send something and if you know of a mail art call that needs some love, post a link to it in the comments.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Colour Outside the Line

This week’s MMMAC is really pulling at me. It’s an international mail art call whose theme is: Colour Outside the Line.

For all that coloring books for adults are all the rage and are supposed to be relaxing, I’ve heard a great many folks say that they got one, but hadn’t used it because they were afraid they’d “mess it up!”

Oh! To be that child again! The one who colored outside the lines, saw beauty in everything, embraced everyone and loved it all! You know, the one you were before some well-meaning adult sat down to “show you HOW.”

Here is your opportunity to step outside the confines of the restrictions of borders, rules and societal acceptance. Show the world that you are not afraid to honor that child within! Do what FEELS right to you and send it in!

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The deadline isn’t until September, but why wait?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. Over the weekend, I introduced the MinneDaDa mail art call. If you missed it, you can find out more here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/friday-dada-call-for-dada/

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Star of St. Vincent

This particular Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) is visually inspiring.

It asks that you use the Star of St. Vincent, also known as the Black Star of Digne, as your inspiration, but gives you free reign as to how to do so. I have thought of several ways to create pieces for this call since first running across it and am itching to create a piece.

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intergalactic MAIL ART CALL // МЭЙЛ АРТ  //ARTE CORREO //邮件艺术 // ART POSTAL

1st International MAIL CART CALL & EXHIBITION in Digne-Les-Bains (Provence, France)

The local news blog “Digne ma ville” organizes from March 1 to September 1, 2016, in partnership with UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence, the first international mail art project on the theme of the Star of Digne-les-Bains (Provence, France).

Draw your inspiration from the Star of Digne and send your mail art before 1st September 2016 !

Theme: Black Star ( or “Star of St. Vincent ” ) of Digne-les-Bains (Provence, France))

Techniques: all

Size: 40 x 40 cm MAX

Deadline : 1st September 2016

Exhibition: yes , all the works received will be exhibited on September 2016 !

Send your artwork to:

Appel à Art postal – Etoile de Digne

10 , impasse de la Lauze

04510 Aiglun 

France

You have a while to come up with something for this call, as the deadline isn’t until September 1st. Hope you’re inspired. As always, we’d be interested to see your interpretation of the theme.

Some of you have been asking if I have been submitting to these calls and if perhaps I might share my work with you. With that in mind, here is the piece I sent in for the Urban Landscape Mail Art Exhibition:

Stormy Citiscape Urban Mail Art Call 2016 UK

Stormy Citiscape

There’s still time to participate in the Urban Landscape call, as the deadline isn’t until May 31st. If you’re interested, you can find that MMMAC post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/monday-morning-mail-art-call-urban-landscape-mail-art-exhibition/

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Think Green!

Next Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day.

This week’s bubble found me thinking a good deal about Earth Day and what it means to Think Green!

Think Green!

Think Green!

Think Green! (BREAK FREE!)

BREAK FREE!

Think Green! (THINK)

THINK

Think Green! (GREEN!)

GREEN!

Think Green! (Green by design.)

Green by Design.

Think Green! (trashy goodness)

trashy goodness

Think Green! (Red Hot)

Red Hot trashy goodness

Think Green! (bottom)

bottom view of trashy goodness

If one were to “read” the trash poetry of the bubble, it goes like this: BREAK FREE! THINK GREEN! Green by design. (It’s) RAD… Red Hot!

Onto other Trash…

A special treat arrived in the mail from C. Mehrl Bennett over the weekend. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse…

Fracked Planet by Catherine M. Bennett

Fracked Planet by C. Mehrl Bennett

It must be said that I love the way she incorporated the Global Moon stamp into her piece! Get it? Unless I totally misread this piece, the marble is Earth! I’m fairly certain that this arrived intact, despite being slightly crushed. If there’s something missing, I’m sure C.M.B. will tell us in the comments.

Fracked Planet C.M.B. (back)

Fracked Planet (back)

Bonus bits on the back included the artistamp collab with Matthew Stolte of Madison, WI and MAKE ART NOT CENTS. Gotta love it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: FREEDOM

Last week, I featured an international mail art call on the subject of LOVE. This week, our MMMAC (Monday Morning Mail Art Call) deals with another oft elusive principle, FREEDOM.
As Americans, our country was founded on the premise that simple FREEDOMS are the right of everyone. Our forefathers fought for Freedom from oppression, Freedom from taxation and Freedom of religion, just to name a few.
In the United States, we have come to take FREEDOM in all forms for granted. We go about our daily routines relatively unconcerned for our own personal FREEDOM, unless some political or journalistic agenda brings us to question it. Even more rarely do we pause to consider the FREEDOM of other peoples from around the world.
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“FREEDOM” Mail Art Call!
“…To live like a tree alone and free,
and like a forest in brotherhood… Nazım Hikmet Ran”
“Artists Without Borders” invites all artists to participate at AWB’s 3rd International Mail Art project and exhibition.
Theme: “FREEDOM”
Size: Free
Technique: Free (but no audio, video or perishable material)
Deadline: 12 September 2016
Exhibition: 23-29 September 2016
Exhibition Place: Riverside Studios
*Online Documentation!
-No Jury; No Fees; No Return.
-All artwork must be sent by snail mail only. No artworks sent by email will be accepted.
-Please, remember to add the title, your name, address and email, etc., in each artwork.
Send your artworks to:
AWB C/O Riverside Studios
130A North Main Street,
Ste. Genevieve MO 63670 USA
For more information and your questions: artists_without_borders@yahoo.com
Please, remember to visit our Facebook Page!
https://www.facebook.com/Artists.Without.Borders
Here are the links for the photos of our former mail art projects, themed “Green” and “Water”; May 2013 & 2014; KargArt, Istanbul.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…
*Sponsored by Riverside Studios*
Special thanks to:
Ayse Turemis
Gallery Saint Louis
Jen Cunningham
***
Today, I urge you to take time to consider the simple, yet complicated principle of FREEDOM… yours and that of others. If you are so moved, or inspired, please create a piece for this mail art call.
Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles:

Last week, I offered out the E6000 & Duct Tape Trash Bubble as a give-away. It didn’t go over as I had hoped, so I am back to my tried and true method of finding homes for my bubbles… intuitively making and sending.

Today, I offer up a different kind of Trash Bubble. This one is smallish in size and requires no mailing. It is meant as a gift tag, or package topper.

Back in 2013, when GreenCraft magazine published my article on Trash Bubbles! in its winter issue, I showcased several kinds, the gift tag/package topper being one of them. This was the example given in the magazine spread:

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FLY is my current example of a Trash Bubble for use as a gift tag/package topper.

FLY (front)

Made from a Tim Holtz idealogy blister pack, I utilized the design on the insert as my background.

FLY (close-up brown bird 2) FLY (close-up orange bird) FLY (close-up blue bird)

The dome-like sections provided the perfect space for nesting birdies and the theme was born. Bits of string, thread and other fibers not useful for any other projects and normally considered trash, were used to construct the “nests.” The birds went into the domes first, followed by the bits. It was tricky to strike the correct balance of bits to support the tiny birds without burying them, or knocking them off-kilter within the domes.

FLY (washi close-up)

Needing to cover up the printed information on the package insert while leaving the design exposed, I used washi tapes that supported my theme. Rubber stamp letters were then used to stamp the title on the piece before I sealed it up.

FLY (back)

The back was painted with black gesso and finished with black washi tape. I am unsatisfied with the insecure closure, so I will eventually go back and strengthen it before using it.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ll consider creating this type of bubble for your next wrapping job. Please share if you do.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Love and Its Thoughts and Stories

This week, the Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) brings to mind popular song lyrics by Tina Turner… “…What’s love got to do, got to do with it?” Indeed. What HAS love got to do with it?

Apparently, it’s the central theme for a mail art exhibition in Munich, Germany. All details provided below.

THEME: LOVE … AND ITS THOUGHTS & STORIES
Please send a love object* and some explanation (your beliefs about love,
personal meaning of love, thoughts, experiences and others, in 1- 500 words.)

*Liebesobjekte = love objects, objects d’amour = souvenirs, gifts, art works and handicrafts created out of love or for a beloved person.

Any medium, any technique.
No jury, no fees, no return.

Deadline: 30.08.2016 (August 30, 2016)

Please send via Snail Mail to:

Luise Loué / Angerweg 5 / 86938 Schondorf/ Germany

In case of any questions: luise@luiseloue.com

All works will be exhibited in the MUSEUM OF LOVE OBJECTS in Munich/Germany and
documented online http://www.liebesobjekte.de

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What I like most about this mail art call for love is that it wants us to reach and explore what love really means to us. There are so many kinds of love… physical love, romantic love, love for a child, love for a parent, love of country, love of self… I could go on, but you get the idea. A central part of the call asks for “a love object: liebesobjekte.” Consider this: Your piece could BE your love object. A most vivid image pops into my mind… one of those crazy red, fluffy heart pillows, a mailing tag hand-sewn to it. Of course that’s quite obvious and taking the Valentine’s Day variation on the theme, but I am certain that someone, somewhere will do it.

If you send your love object as a naked mailing, or in a package, be forewarned that a customs form will be required. Anything other than a flat envelope or postcard requires the customs form. It seems daunting, but really it’s not. Simply list the items which comprise your piece. Is it a tin filled with ribbons? Is it a hand-embroidered hankie? Whatever it is, break it down simply and you’ll have no problems.

A word of caution… in light of recent European terrorist attacks and such, you might wish to avoid sending anything that ticks, shakes or rattles. In addition, although it might appeal to the artist in you, refrain from using metal components, wires, techno-bits and the like. It will take longer for the post to clear a piece like this and in the end, if they have any suspicion, it will be destroyed and never make it to its destination.

Ich Liebe Dich! (all of you!)

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: E6000 & Duct Tape

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes, has been in the works for a while, if only in my mind’s eye.

As I do not have an intended recipient for this piece, I thought I’d offer it out to my readers. If you’d like a chance to receive this bubble, leave a comment. For two chances, leave a comment and share this post on facebook or your blog. For three chances, leave a comment, share and tweet. I will quit taking entries for the drawing as of Thursday night at 11:59 EST. The recipient will be picked randomly by the Little Guy I hang out with on Fridays. Sorry, domestic mailing only, due to customs issues. Make it fun! Play along!

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (full view)

The blister pack from my latest tube of E6000 was saved expressly for this bubble. The printed tapes? Duct Tape! That strange rectangular black thing? The back of a tiny, broken remote with a broken stretch band wrapped around it! The green whirly thingy came from the top of a squeeze pouch of fruit sauce. That red thingy? I don’t know what it is, or how I acquired it.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top contents)

Every American knows that Duct Tape fixes everything, except STUPID. LoL! And anyone who has ever used the E6000 adhesive, made in the good old US of A knows that it’s the strongest adhesive, by far.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up bottom contents)

The American Traveler may not always have E6000 about their person, but Duct Tape? You betcha!

Americans have long used temporary fixes (like super glue and tape) because they are used to rigging things to work, or they’re lazy, or they just can’t stand to part with something that needed to be let go of long ago. Too, there’s that genuine conundrum of not knowing HOW to fix a thing and not being able to pay someone who can. Any way you look at it, Americans are the kings of sloppy fixes that seem to get the job done, even if temporarily.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top side)

Best for creating: Metal Ribbon

This piece was a nod to all Americans whose ingenuity or laziness forced them to use one of these products to fix an integral part of their daily life. Too bad they don’t work for STUPID, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, RACIAL TENSION and the like! If you find a product that does, this girl would love to know about it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!