Litter Bug

The Litter Bug bubble hangs just below Grow Miracles on the Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile. Read the original post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/

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.

Litter Bug

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.

Littered Landscape

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….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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Trash Bubblet Has Landed!

Trash Bubblet I

Last week, I discovered via http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/2013/02/27/keeping-it-simple-what-to-do-with-a-bubblet/#comment-6390 that Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio had created a Trash Bubblet for me. I was tickled! It was great to see that my Trash Bubbles! article in the Winter 2013 issue of GreenCraft magazine had been the inspiration for such a great piece. Better yet, that Corrine had embraced the Trash Bubble concept, going so far as to name the multi-bubble pieces, was amazing! From here on out, any Trash Bubble with more than one chamber shall be refered to as a Bubblet!

Here is a close-up of the Bubblet’s detail: Trash Bubblet III

I particularly love the shape of the chambers, six-sided bases with bubbles atop! So much fun! Its size is impressive at 9×6 inches. (I had expected a standard 4×6 postcard.) Corrine used confetti sized scrap to fill the chambers and a colorful stamped piece as its backdrop. Just looking at it makes my soul happy!

The Bubblet took its good old time to arrive at Piney Creek Acres, having travelled the USPS to get here. Corrine and I have been exchanging mail art for about a year now, having met through a mutual friend’s blog and mail art swap. (Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze: http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) We are all contemporaries over at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.) As such, it was quite fitting that the Bubblet was genuine mail art!

I loved the cereal box backing which provided stability for the piece. The security envelope address areas added texture, as did the torn scrap upon which she wrote her note to me.

Trash Bubblet II

Here is the first Bubblet I created, long before Corrine aptly named them:

SP 2013 Trash Bubble

You may recall from a previous post, that this Bubblet was created for my 2013 Sketchbook Project from a gum packet.

Corrine didn’t stop at the Bubblet. She also created a Happy Trash Bubble for our friend, Jill. It is pictured below and more about it can be found on their blog posts:

http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com/2013/03/04/monday-monday-its-mail-for-you/

http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/2013/03/thank-you-corrine-gilman-for-trash.html

Happy Trash Bubble (CG to JE)

Here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits, we want to see the Bubbles and Bubblets you create. Feel free to post a link to your Bubbles in the comment section of any post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig!

My Trash Bubbles, published in the Winter Issue of GreenCraft magazine, arrived back at Piney Creek Acres over the weekend.From GreenCraft

As I unpacked them and photographed the pieces, I tried to think about what to do with them next.

The vinyl enclosed 45, You Are So Beautiful: Solar Disk Holism, was originally created for the 2012 Solar Disc Festival, only the festival was over by the time I got around to finishing it. (That’s what happens sometimes.) Subsequently, it has been promised to another Trashpo contemporary who loves vintage vinyl as much as I do, Neil Gordon of Connecticut.

Solar Disc Holism

This wasn’t my typical Trash Bubble. The cracked 45 was essentially trash, but I just couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. Encased in clear vinyl and punched with two sizes of holes at irregular intervals, it became another animal entirely. You Are So Beautiful… I can’t help but wonder what Joe Cocker would think.

Below are the other, more traditional Trash Bubbles which appeared in the four-page spread.

CREATIVE living for soulful CREATIVE MINDSTake Chances!WISH!

Inner Critic Silencer

You can read more about these pieces in the Winter 2013 Issue of GreenCraft magazine, on stands now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

The Trash Bubble Concept

As I sit, writing this post, from Piney Creek Acres, it is approximately 20 degrees and snowing! I can’t tell you how happy that makes my heart! Winter was made for snow! Without it, there’s simply no point to the cold.

Snow at Piney Creek

Trash Bubbles were a personal discovery I made, while exploring the realm of Trash Poetry via mail art. I was looking for a unique way to reach out to my mail art friends at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.)

A collection of cool, plastic consumer packaging and its card backing had been growing for some time, with no idea as to how I would put it to use. I am drawn to colorful pieces with unusally shaped “bubbles.” Here are some examples:

TB 002

One day, I picked up a piece and began filling it with bits of colorful trash I had collected. I rummaged through the trash can in my studio for other pieces and filler. The end result was a self-contained ecosphere of trash. (Three Trash Bubbles later, I knew I was hooked!)

Believe

The first composition made me happy! I sealed it with paper bandage tape, added printed tape, ink, and stamped, inspirational words. A layered button and sticker adorns the divot in the center of the package.

A message emerged from the visible text, left to right, top to bottom: Be GENTLE with yourself. believe. dream. It’s your Lucky Day!

The second Trash Bubble was made from the very same paper bandage packaging. The change in color palette completely changed the feel of the piece.

Hershey's Heals

Look closely and you’ll see a BURIED cable flag, rusted tack trim and paper scraps rescued from the trash bin. A vintage button graces the center. Once again, the visible text left a message: Be GENTLE with yourself. DE CHOCOLAT-HERSHEY’S. WE HELP HEAL! Take the Scenic Route! You may find BURIED treasure!

The final piece in the series of three was a much brighter, more bold piece:

Orbit the Blue Moon

It’s message was no less inspirational: ORBIT the Blue Moon! HELP CLEAN UP YOUR WORLD! MEASURE YOUR SUCCESS!

All three Trash Bubbles were mailed to friends and thus began my Trash Bubble journey through mail art.

Trio of Trash Bubbles

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!