Did I mention that I've been hooked on plastic bags and paper clips combination? I have been obsessed. This is a hanging sculptural piece using at least a hundred plastic bags and thousands of paper clips.
It has taken a life of its own. It almost looks like its doing the can can.
I had to stop working on it when my hand refused to response anymore. I may be done with it.
Another project I've been working on is weaving plastic bags on a cardboard loom. This started because I was researching projects for my daughter's class. She's in fourth grade which means there's been a focus on Native American this year.
We created baskets with pine needles and raffia and I thought that we should also weave with a rug on a loom, cardboard looms are the least expensive way to go. I try to do the projects before I teach so that I could work out the process before I get in front of 24 kids.
I wanted to inject some color to the project by adding what I have laying around. Remember I picked up several boxes of paper clips. I have to admit that I went back to the dollar store and cleaned them up on the paper clips. I need restocking right now.
I have a confession. I love going to the dollar store. Occasionally I have this itch to spend some money but since the economy is in this state. I don't have oodles of cash for shopping. Besides, I don't really need anything, I just want to spend a little.
During my last visit at my local dollar store I spotted boxes of colorful paper clips. Can you imagine 300 really cool paper clips for one buck. I couldn't resist. I picked up several boxes. I have two kids and we're always looking for paper clips. Plus I was sure I wanted to do an art piece with them. The colors were great.
This is one way I used the paper clips. I'm weaving it into my plastic bag baskets.
I love the dollar store. I'll be posting more pics of all the other uses I have for this very common item.
I had the flu recently and I'm not one to lay in bed or sit around doing absolutely nothing. I have to keep busy. So while I was nursing the flu in bed, I started thinking about a project that I wanted to do for the recycling show at the Escondido Municipal Gallery.
I decided it was something I could try to do while I recuperated in bed. I started weaving a basket using grocery plastic bags. Okay, I'm guilty of occasionally forgetting my reusable bags. I needed to redeem myself by using these plastic bags in art.
The basket was a bit wavy looking but don't forget I was sick. I'm still working on this.
I'm currently in a group exhibition in New York at the APW Gallery. The show consist of over 200 artist each contributing up to five 12" x 12" paintings. I was in a funk when I received the Call to Artist, and I thought a deadline would be good for me. Unfortunately, the deadline was so far in advance that I almost forgot about it. Which meant that when I got my email alert I had to scramble. Somehow I managed and was able to send all five pieces on time by using 2nd day air, a very expensive way to go. That's what I get for procrastinating. Above is one of the paintings in the show.
I'm a great believer in saving the environment. The job seems gigantic at times and we just have to plug along and do what what we can.
My daughter attends a wonderful charter school, Explorer Elementary, where the community of parents, students and faculty have worked together to help with this endeavor. Her class and I have been busy working on an art project for the annual fundraising auction with this objective in mind.
The description for our project:
The earth is a treasure box of wonderful materials that should not be wasted. This conceptual art piece focuses on being earth friendly. The class construction a sculpture- a giant beaded jewel bracelet with its own storage box made from surplus wood, boxes, bottlecaps, recycled paper (that we hand painted), and even a hubcap a student found.
The event is on March 28 and I hope the auction goes well and we raise a lot of money.