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!

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!

 

Thursday Trash Bubbles: Batman!

You might have noticed a little change this week… Trash Bubble posts will happen on Thursdays from now on. It became difficult to post back to back on Mondays and Tuesdays, so I decided to split it up a bit. Hope you don’t mind.

Batman is near and dear to my heart for many reasons, not the least of which is my grandson, Noah. Every Wednesday, he implores me to play Batman, almost from the moment his feet hit the floor in the morning. For months, I WAS Batman when we played. Noah preferred to be Robin. Once the female characters of Harley Quinn and Cat Woman were introduced, and Noah heard my versions of them, I rarely played Batman again.
This week’s Trash Bubble pays homage to the Batman character as portrayed by Adam West in the Batman classic TV series.

It began with the Hot Wheels package for the Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile. A lollipop wrapper featuring Batman’s mug and a scrap of wrapping paper sporting the Bat Signal became the Holy! contents.The back was pretty busy. I almost hit it with a coat of black gesso, but then, as I really looked it, and read it, I was inspired. Once I was done applying Batman stickers, ( a leftover from my daughter’s Batman days) I added the perfect vintage Batman quote: “Salt and corrosion. The infamous old enemies of the crime fighter.” – Batman aka: Adam West.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. In an upcoming blog post, I’ll be sharing some of the other things I’ve been working on lately, but if you can’t wait, you can check it all out on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lkradford95/