Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Embrace Your Vintage

For a while now, I’ve been considering a monumental milestone… I am approaching the half century mark at warp speed. There is no stopping it. I can’t hit the pause button, or rewind to an earlier time. I am powerless.

What does one do in such a situation?

Not sure about the rest of you, but I constructed a Trash Bubble encouraging myself to Embrace Your Vintage.

It all began with the dread fifty brings and a used wine cork.

Recently, I’d saved the packaging from a Faber Castell Big Brush Pen because I liked the scrolling design printed on it. It made the perfect housing for my bubble.

As I considered the cork, the word VINTAGE kept nagging at me. I’m so vintage, I’ll soon be an antique! But wine, fine wine, gets better with age, right?

It was time to begin looking at possible items for inclusion with an eye toward supporting that old adage.

My husband had found the old grape bunch button not too long ago and it fit the theme, so it went into the pile.

Digging through my bits of this and that, I turned up the vintage automobile, a small piece of rusty upholstery trim, a rusty bit, a sales tax token and tea bag wisdom. “The paradox of age:” it says “The young want to be old and the old want to be young.” Perfect!

The year would have to be incorporated inconspicuously… bingo balls and markers are always good for that.

The ideal placement for the cork left room at the top and bottom. I took that opportunity to hang a feminine charm from it and added a vintage political thimble (Vote so-and-so for Sheriff) that had seen better days, topped with apiece of brass hardware.

The whole thing was sealed up with washi tape and brads.

Voila! I now have a talisman to Embrace my Vintage! Any time I start panicking, I’ll just meditate on the the message it bears.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art: Collage and Rust-Po

Recently, my goal has been to spend a minimum of two hours in the studio each day. Life has a way of thwarting things, but I have pressed on. I firmly believe Pablo Picasso’s quote, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

When I go to the studio without an agenda, no project in mind, I spend time looking through my supplies, until something jumps out at me. Then, I get to work with an energized vigor, often losing track of time.

That is what happened with this piece. I found myself thumbing through some old magazines and catalogs and was inspired by this vintage black and white photo inside the cover of a gun magazine.GunsDontKillPeople

I call it, ‘Guns Don’t Kill People. People Kill People.’ My art work has not previously had such a political edge to it. Not saying this is a turning point in my work, but I really like the way it turned out and the message is hauntingly alive.

Rust-po is a special brand of trash-po, one that inspires me to think of certain rust-loving folks whenever I stumble across some great rusty bits.

TinRoofRusted

The rusty bits in this piece were from a rusted out chimney flue. That said, the title is a bit misleading, ‘Tin Roof-Rusted!’ came from the B-52s song, ‘Love Shack.’ The base is 4×6 card stock inked in brown. The overlay is vinyl tinted with alcohol ink.

Visions of Nancy Bell Scott’s delight are currently dancing in my head. Can’t wait to get it into the mail to her!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!