Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Think Green!

Next Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day.

This week’s bubble found me thinking a good deal about Earth Day and what it means to Think Green!

Think Green!

Think Green!

Think Green! (BREAK FREE!)

BREAK FREE!

Think Green! (THINK)

THINK

Think Green! (GREEN!)

GREEN!

Think Green! (Green by design.)

Green by Design.

Think Green! (trashy goodness)

trashy goodness

Think Green! (Red Hot)

Red Hot trashy goodness

Think Green! (bottom)

bottom view of trashy goodness

If one were to “read” the trash poetry of the bubble, it goes like this: BREAK FREE! THINK GREEN! Green by design. (It’s) RAD… Red Hot!

Onto other Trash…

A special treat arrived in the mail from C. Mehrl Bennett over the weekend. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse…

Fracked Planet by Catherine M. Bennett

Fracked Planet by C. Mehrl Bennett

It must be said that I love the way she incorporated the Global Moon stamp into her piece! Get it? Unless I totally misread this piece, the marble is Earth! I’m fairly certain that this arrived intact, despite being slightly crushed. If there’s something missing, I’m sure C.M.B. will tell us in the comments.

Fracked Planet C.M.B. (back)

Fracked Planet (back)

Bonus bits on the back included the artistamp collab with Matthew Stolte of Madison, WI and MAKE ART NOT CENTS. Gotta love it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: E6000 & Duct Tape

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes, has been in the works for a while, if only in my mind’s eye.

As I do not have an intended recipient for this piece, I thought I’d offer it out to my readers. If you’d like a chance to receive this bubble, leave a comment. For two chances, leave a comment and share this post on facebook or your blog. For three chances, leave a comment, share and tweet. I will quit taking entries for the drawing as of Thursday night at 11:59 EST. The recipient will be picked randomly by the Little Guy I hang out with on Fridays. Sorry, domestic mailing only, due to customs issues. Make it fun! Play along!

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (full view)

The blister pack from my latest tube of E6000 was saved expressly for this bubble. The printed tapes? Duct Tape! That strange rectangular black thing? The back of a tiny, broken remote with a broken stretch band wrapped around it! The green whirly thingy came from the top of a squeeze pouch of fruit sauce. That red thingy? I don’t know what it is, or how I acquired it.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top contents)

Every American knows that Duct Tape fixes everything, except STUPID. LoL! And anyone who has ever used the E6000 adhesive, made in the good old US of A knows that it’s the strongest adhesive, by far.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up bottom contents)

The American Traveler may not always have E6000 about their person, but Duct Tape? You betcha!

Americans have long used temporary fixes (like super glue and tape) because they are used to rigging things to work, or they’re lazy, or they just can’t stand to part with something that needed to be let go of long ago. Too, there’s that genuine conundrum of not knowing HOW to fix a thing and not being able to pay someone who can. Any way you look at it, Americans are the kings of sloppy fixes that seem to get the job done, even if temporarily.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top side)

Best for creating: Metal Ribbon

This piece was a nod to all Americans whose ingenuity or laziness forced them to use one of these products to fix an integral part of their daily life. Too bad they don’t work for STUPID, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, RACIAL TENSION and the like! If you find a product that does, this girl would love to know about it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Celebrating Fluxfest 2016

This week’s Trash Bubble was inspired by the upcoming Fluxfest Chicago 2016, to be held over Memorial Weekend. I have yet to decide who its recipient shall be. It might sit a spell in the studio while I think on it.

Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (full view)

Have a ball! Be vibrant!

Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (close-up top)

BE BOLD! IMPACT LIVES! FLUXFEST 2016!

DSC_06Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (close-up bottom)68

In the last week, I have received two Trash Bubbles from fellow mail artists and I must say, they are over-the-top amazing!

First to arrive was this one from Lucky Pierre, aka: Marla Kittler. At first, it didn’t seem like a bubble, as it came in a brown wrapping like a typical package.

Lucky Pierre Bubble Packaging

When opened, the box gave way to this:

Lucky Pierre Vitamin C

Vitamin C by Lucky Pierre

Had I paid closer attention to the sea horses stamped on the outer package, I’d have had a hint as to its contents. The tiny shells, shark tooth and vertebrae are stunning in this bubble!

The back was no less so…

Lucky Pierre Vitamin C 2016

Vitamin C by Lucky Pierre (back)

Superb job, Lucky “Marla” Pierre! I love it! It made my day!

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (full view)

Junk Art by C. Mehrl Bennett

The second Trash Bubble came from C. Mehrl Bennett. I’d had a heads-up that this one was coming and I was eager for its arrival. So much so, that I was sincerely disappointed that it did not arrive over the weekend as anticipated.

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up top)

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up mid-section)

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up bottom)

There is so much going on inside this piece and my photos don’t do it justice. It is a feast for the eyes, full of texture and rich color! Thank you, Catherine! It’s amazing!

Send your versions of Trash Bubbles to the studio any time you wish. I will be happy to feature them in an upcoming Tuesday Trash Bubble post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

Introducing Tuesday Trash Bubbles!

Much thought has been given to the state of this blog as of late. Some of you have wondered why Trash Bubbles are central in the blog’s title, but are rarely seen or talked about. Still others wondered why I don’t post regularly. As for me, I felt that things had gotten stale and that was being reflected in all of the above.

The Trash Bubbles that started it all

The Trash Bubbles that started it all

A recent visit with an artist friend, Jill Eudaly, helped me to put things in perspective and allowed for some thinking out loud and feedback. When we parted, I began mulling things over.

Rather than shut down this blog, or change its name, I have decided to renew my commitment to my original idea of blending the Trash Bubbles and other mail art I create with the happenings of everyday life. That’s where the blog title Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits originated.

Trash Bubblet from Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio

Trash Bubblet from Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio

Taking this blog back to its roots has been my goal this past week. I have determined that in order to provide regular, unique content I need a framework of sorts. Each day of the work week will ultimately hold it’s own special brand of posts. Monday’s are now reserved for the Monday Morning Mail Art Call. Fairly self-explanatory, you can count on hearing about a different call for mail art every Monday morning. Tuesday Trash Bubbles will feature a different bubble weekly. Fridays for the remainder of the year are reserved for Dada history and current Dada art as it is on loan to me to share with you. As time goes on, I hope to add Anything Can Happen Wednesdays and Think About It! Thursdays.

Trash Bubblet from Mim Scalin

Trash Bubblet from Mim Scalin of mim4art

As always, I welcome your input. My goal is to share things of interest with you. As we don’t know one another personally, that can be difficult. I can only go on the fact that something I did, or wrote previously keeps you coming back for more. If you have a suggestion, I’d like to hear it. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to doing that thing I do on a more regular basis.

The Road Side Basics trash bubble was part of the Trash Bubbles <3 the Earth mobile. Its contents were collected along the roadside.

Road Side Basics was part of the T.B. mobile

The Trash Bubbles pictured in this post have been taken from past posts. You can expect a brand new Trash Bubble feature here next Tuesday. Feel free to send your own version of a Trash Bubble to me at The Studio at Piney Creek Acres. I will be featuring a mix of my Trash Bubble creations and those I receive from other mail artists.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed!

Long awaited, by some…

Eagerly anticipated by others…

Forgotten in a far away realm by many more…

It’s finally here!

The most recent Trash Bubble to fly from The Studio at Piney Creek Acres!

Energizer Bunny: Secret Revealed

The idea, along with a partially assembled bubble, floated around the studio for many months. Tired of looking at it, knowing what must be done, I got to work and Voila!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: What a Haul!

WOW!

Just look at all the mail I’ve received since our last ‘In the Mail’ post and you’ll being saying, “WOW!” too.

Arriving in an envelope made from what looks to be a kitschy, glossy magazine page, Amy Irwen’s packing tape transfer/collage was built on a piece cut from a cracker box. ‘The lone weed will tumble thousands of miles.’ It put me in mind of the movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ specifically the scene where Frank is writing a piece about Kathleen’s Shop Around the Corner. He types away… “You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly, in the corrupt sands of commerce.” Thank you, Amy!

Amy Irwen

Reusing an envelope from Google Headquarters, Diane Keys (http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/) mailed me a piece of what she calls, “Toy Trashpo.” It made me smile like only DK’s trashpo can! A sensory delight, it must have been “PRE-PURIFIED” with patchouli because my nose was in Heaven!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys I

The reverse reveals that the piece was built upon a advertising postcard. Nothing goes to waste in the Elgin Mansion. Thank you, ever so, Diane!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys II

Folks in Germany produce some phenomenal mail art. This piece is from Funf Blanks (http://www.5blanks.com/) It appears to be acrylic on a piece of discarded mat board. Great texture here! That reminds me, I have yet to submit to the Angels and Demons mail art call….

5Blanks Germany

The stamps on the back are awesome too!

5Blanks Germany II

Ana Karina sent me this wallet of goodies inside a brightly painted envelope.

Ana Karina I

Opened, it reveals a cool magazine page turned collage/poem, a 10 Yuan note from HELLBANK ONE (LoL!) and a scrap of signatures containing that of ‘EL FAMOSO RIKY McDONALD.’ Thanks, Ana!

Ana Karina II

Speaking of wallets… this one, filled with FLUXUS BUCKS and scented with more patchouli (Yay! Nose twitching!) came from Julie Jefferies. The slide of Leningrad made for a tremendous photo op! I simply loved that the postage was made up of vintage postage stamps! Many thanks to Julie at Fluxus Bucks International!

JJ Ex Posto Facto

Karen Arp-Sandel (http://karenarpsandel.com/) returned a piece to me from FeMail.

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel I

A pre-printed postcard of a postal collage, the front was nothing in comparison to the back! Karen actually took the time to customize the piece with a bit o’ trash, referencing the piece I’d sent and letting me know she’d taken time to learn a bit about me. Way cool, Karen!

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel II

Thomas Brown creates some fantastic rubber stamps and this is no exception! The colors aren’t quite true in this photo, but you get the idea. Thanks, Bhomas!

Thomas Brown Everywhere's a Here and There

Gail Anderson used a topographical map to create the envelope in which she sent this unusual collage piece. Layers of doodling, images and tape made this one pop! Thank you, Gail!

Gail Anderson

Last, but not least, Nancy Bell Scott is one of those folks from whom I long to get mail. Her pieces are few and far between, but when they arrive, they are always over-the-top! Check it out… this is the back of the envelope!

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She has been working on “glue-less collages” that are small in stature, large in detail. Her note (written on page 110 from an old copy of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’) tells me “There IS tape.”

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‘Conduit’ is comprised of multiple layers creating rich texture. Thanks, Nancy!

Conduit NBS III

That’s all for now. I’ve got to get caught up on a few things before revealing any more!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

In the Mail: Brazil, Portugal and… Albuquerque?

Never, did I think I’d see a pharaoh from Brazil! Alas, Patricio, The Celestial Scribe sent just that!Celestial Scribe IWith a declaration which reads, “THE PHARAOH DRIVES ME BANANAS!!!”DSC_0727Dare I hope to find banana mail inside?DSC_0728And what a find! It was a dialogue between Llama and Banana! “You drive me bananas!” “You drive me Llamas!” Banana Llama ding dong!DSC_0729Thank you, Patricio, for the highly entertaining Pharaoh, Llama, Banana mail!

From Portugal, Eduardo Cardoso sent an envelope full of goodies!DSC_0730I simply loved the image of the old horse-drawn trolley on the front of the envelope!

The back was graced with rubber stamp images.DSC_0731Check out all the goodies inside!Eduardo Cardoso XA most excellent print was contained within! Love me some gray scale! Overlapping strips give depth and interest in which I could easily become lost! DSC_0732That wasn’t all… a lovely note and a trash book also made the trip! DSC_0733Color exploded when I opened it!DSC_0734Thumbing through the trash pages, I found foreign bits that were comfortingly familiar.DSC_0735Notice that the book is openly declared to be “Authentic DKULT Trash.”DSC_0736Thank you ever so much, Eduardo, for the bountiful mail art!

This piece arrived anonymously from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I could only guess that it was the work of the Amazing David Stafford! It didn’t take long for the confirmation to redeem my suspicions.893099_10203799485730208_7104419925445962266_oThe paint chips alone wouldn’t have explained so much as they did with their color names.

The Tickled Crow will live forever in my repertoire of punny mail art!10256754_10203799481410100_5959849971979574839_oMuch and heartfelt thanks for the amusement, David!

Hope you all enjoyed sharing in the delights of my recent mail box treasures!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

A Different Kind of Bubble

Recently, a reader asked if I intended to make and post more Trash Bubbles here in the blog, or if I was switching to mail art.

Thrown by the question, I wasn’t sure how to answer.

Trash Bubbles grew out of my mail art pursuits, much like the Consumer Consciousness series of postcards I create. Although they can be used as gift tags, personal totems and such, I originally intended Trash Bubbles to be mailable art. I stick a stamp or two on them and drop them in the nearest mailbox.

That said, I realize that I haven’t been posting many Trash Bubbles here because I’ve had so much else on my plate. I simply haven’t been making them regularly.

To remedy this, I followed through on a concept I had for a new kind of Trash Bubble.

Life's a Crap Shoot! I

Life’s a Crap Shoot!

Many of the bubbles I save are small, not large enough to mail on their own. This time, I turned one into a mailable postcard-sized piece by hand-stitching scraps of card stock (leftover from a previous project) to either side of the bubble.

The HOYLE VEGAS DICE packaging originally held five regulation sized dice. Using two slightly smaller dice, I inserted them snake-eyes up knowing there wasn’t enough room for the dice to roll around inside. We are now in a state of eternally crapping out, as it were. That’s where the title ‘Life’s a Crap Shoot’ comes in.

The zig-zag stitch I used will allow the piece to be free-standing, as illustrated in the next photo.

Life's a Crap Shoot! II

More Trash Bubbles are in the works!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Off to Atlanta!

FRAGILE Eco-Blueprint is finally getting a new home! Taking flight from the Studio at Piney Creek Acres, it is heading south to Atlanta, Georgia for inclusion in the Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art exhibit at the Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery. (http://www.eyedrum.org/) The exhibit runs from February 15 through March 16, 2014. If you live in or will be visiting the area, stop in to check it out!

This is quite the adventure for a trash bubble whose only view has been the clutter and chaos of art in the making!

FRAGILE Eco-Bluprint

You may remember this piece from an earlier post. Find the original here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/fragile-eco-blueprint/

Many well-wishes will carry this trash bubble on it’s way to its new life!

Now, it’s time to get back in the studio to make more!

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!