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!

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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!

Kitchen Trash

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth X

The lengths to which a company will go to brand and package consumer goods never ceases to amaze. Everything is labeled and sealed and sealed again. Although I do realize that a good bit of that is for consumer protection, I can’t help but feel that it is overkill. There is no use for all that post consumer crap which eventually makes its way into the landfill or ends up as litter on our roadsides.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in our kitchens, where our food stuffs are stored and prepared. One look at this bubble and you can clearly see what I mean. Ninety percent of the trashy bits inside were outer seals from food stuffs. They are colorful and make for interesting bits in trash bubble collages, but beyond that?

In composing this bubble, I chose a blister pack with colors that felt bright and kitchen-like. When embellishing the bubble, I kept to those colors, adding patterns that continued the same feel.

Here is a glimpse of the back:

Kitchen Trash

This was the last bubble in the Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile. The local Art of Recycling show opens today, April 19th, in the Cranberry Township Municipal Building and runs through May 3rd. Check it out if you’re local!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Trash Bubble Project for a Local Recycled Art Show

This week, I’ve got two projects in the works. One has lain claim to my brain, yet I am unable to manifest my vision. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

The other is coming together smoothly, seemingly creating itself. I am in the zone and it feels good! To celebrate that awesome feeling, I thought I’d share a bit about the project, straight from my desktop.

Closing in fast, is the deadline for the local Recycled Art Show, appropriately held in celebration of Earth Day. The guidelines ask for works comprised of a minimum of ninety percent recycled material. Trash Bubbles were made for this show!

Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth mobile, rooted in my love for trashy bits, uses Trash Bubbles to create a message of Earth Caring.

First, I designed the platform from which to hang the six Trash Bubbles. I used a unique package base from a heart-shaped ramekin I’d purchased. Manipulating the printing, I used some of the original lettering mixed with alphabet stickers and rub-ons to comprise the title of the piece. The corners were reinforced with paper bandage tape. A pop tab and the ribbon off a shopping bag made for an easy hanger, threaded through holes and tied off.

Trash Bubbles Mobile Base

Each of the six Trash Bubbles will hang from the bottom in a circular fashion in ascending lengths.

Two Trash Bubble ecospheres for the mobile are under construction. The first gives the viewer a glimpse of a littered landscape against a grey/blue sky of sorts. Each of the elements contained in this piece, including the weathered bit of outdoor carpet, were found littering the ground here and there along my travels.

Littered Landscape

The second piece is reminiscent of my first few Trash Bubbles, made from the familiar paper bandage tape packaging I favor. Although some of what is contained within this sphere are found bits, it also holds an equal amount of post consumer bits. These are things I save from the trash bin for their aesthetic value.

Trash Go 'Round

A work in progress, these pieces require tweaking before they can be hung from their final resting place in the base of the mobile. Too, there are four more waiting to be created….

Bubbles Awaiting Trash!

Guess what I’ll be doing over the next few days?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!