Tuesday Trash Bubble: Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34

It’s time for Trash Bubble Tuesday!

This week’s Trash Bubble has been unofficially brought to you by Prima Marketing Inc. whose most worthy consumer packaging, meant to hold their Tiny Junkyard Findings; screw heads, became Tiny Junkyard Neigborhood 34! I was inspired by the palette of the package and the following is what transpired.

Tiny Junkyards… they’ve been on my mind for several weeks. Those three little cavities simply craved their own tiny junkyards!

While going through some bits for another bubble, it hit me! YARDS! Tiny, little yards made from junk… with tiny little houses! I knew just the thing! I grabbed my jar of vintage Monopoly houses and started hunting flat, green bits of trash to serve as yards for them.

The tale of the Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood grew in my mind as I worked. Who lived in these tiny green houses with these tiny green yards?

Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34 is a neighborhood of equality. Men and women live in harmony. There is no shame. There is no keeping up with the Joneses. They celebrate their days under blue skies and puffy clouds, lit by the sunshine of of a thousand tomorrows! There is joy and love, prosperity and abundance, beauty and peace, for all who live in Tiny Junkyard Neighborhood 34.


Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Outbound Mail Art: Consumer Consciousness

Last year, I began a series of mail art using the sticky labels and price tags from consumer goods. After each purchase, I carefully remove all manner of sticky backed things from my goods, placing them on plain 4 x 6 inch index cards.

Here are a few of my very first Consumer Consciousness postcards:

Other Consumer Consciousness pieces appeared here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/outbound-mail-art/

Although it may seem as though the bits are stuck here and there, willy nilly, I assure you that is not the case. Any collage composition requires thought. It asks one to consider color, shape and relationship among other things. In my case, the message of each piece is always high priority and is reflected in its title. Decorative tape leftovers add interest and cohesiveness, at times helping to secure bits that don’t want to stick. Because the stickers are accumulated over time, it can take several months to complete one postcard.

Below are a few of my most recent Consumer Consciousness pieces, ready for the post.

The series is intended to bring about an awareness of one’s purchases, the consumption of which creates copious amounts of trash. It asks the observer to carefully consider their own Consumer Consciousness.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Going Mobile!

The Art of Recycling show is over. I picked up the Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/  mobile on Monday. It looked so sad and deflated, atop one of my canvas backgrounds, that I knew I needed to do something with it right away.

TBHTEmobile

It did not take any awards. I did not expect that it would. My goal was to bring awareness.

Throughout the duration of the show, I gave much consideration to the fate of the mobile upon its return to Piney Creek Acres Studio. I did not wish to hang it, or hang onto it, for posterity. I wanted to maximize its potential, to continue spreading its message.

DisassemblyTBHTEmobile

What better way to spread the message than to send the individual bubbles out into the world? Trash Bubbles were originally created as mail art, after all.

GrowMiraclesReadytoPost

Grow Miracles https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/grow-miracles/ was attached to a 4 x 6 inch piece of product backing to prep it for the post.

Now, they are all ready for their journey. Coming soon, to a mail box near you!

Going Mobile

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art

As previously mentioned, I am behind on my mail art correspondence. In the hopes of making some headway, I created several postcards this past week. For your viewing pleasure, I present the following pieces of outbound mail art….

Ready for the post!

Outbound Mail Art I

Front and center!

Outbound Mail Art II

Three of the postcards pictured are from my Consumer Consciousness series. Considered Trash Po, these pieces are collaged from the labels off consumer goods.

Consumer Consciousness: Fragile Summoner will post to Claire Dinsmore of New Jersey.Fragile Summoner: Claire Dinsmore

Consumer Consciousness: R.O.Y. goes to Mim Scalin of Virginia.R.O.Y.: Mim Scalin

Consumer Consciousness: From the Kitchen: Memories of Breakfast is addressed to Angie Cope of Wisonsin.

Memories of Breakfast: Angie Cope

The following piece is created from a portion of a greeting card. I hope it brightens Jill Eudaly’s day.

Upcycled PJMatilda: Jill Eudaly

And last, but not least, Playing with Scraps: Shades of Spring goes to Jane Smith of California.

Shades of Spring: Jane Smith

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Out and About: Local Art of Recycling Show

One week ago today, Friday, April 19th, the local Art of Recycling show opened at the Cranberry Municipal Center in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. A lack of funds cancelled the opening night artists’ reception, but that didn’t keep me from checking out the exhibit.

The Art of Recycling show is sponsored by the Associated Artists of Butler County in conjunction with the Cranberry Township Community Chest and UPMC Passavant. Its purpose is to promote artwork constructed from recyclable materials, in conjunction with Earth Day. The exhibit runs through May 11th.

Some of you might recall that I entered my Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile in this show. You can find the original post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/trash-bubbles-heart-the-earth/

Art of Recycling: Trash Bubble Mobile

My friend, Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze (http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/) created this Wetlands piece which garnered a cash award.

Art of Recycling: Wetlands

These were some of the other entries:

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Regrettably, I did not think to get the artist information for the pieces in the slide show. Some of them had taken awards for merit, others were pieces I enjoyed in some way. I hope you enjoyed them as well.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

TrashPo Exhibit: Elgin, Illinois

Consumer trash volume has been the focus of numerous studies and environmental groups since before the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle initiative instituted by the EPA encouraged folks to change their habits.

Reduce Reuse Recycle logo

For some, it became second-nature. For others, it was a short-lived attempt. Many artists adopted it as a way of life, trash becoming the medium they use to express their creativity and deliver their message.

Trash as art? Why not? Trash is colorful, plentiful and free. There is beauty in everything. We need only look for it.

Diane Keys, a friend and fellow mail art contemporary from Elgin, Illinois, embodies the concept of trash as art. Her pieces of Trash Poetry are as poignant as they are attractive. Visit her blog at http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/.

When Diane decided to curate an exhibit of TrashPo mail art, I was not surprised.

Responding to her mail art call, I immediately set to work on a Bubble. This is what developed:

Diane also included the first Trash Bubble I sent. It was designed as a novelty item for her group of “All Things Trashpo” followers at the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA.)

DKULT Self Focus Magnifier

The exhibt, which includes TrashPo from around the world, has been well received. It is a testament to the TrashPo movement, helping to spread the trash as art concept. This Daily Herald article sums it up quite well: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130208/news/702079621/

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!