About a month ago I was asked to be involved with a project
to create art from what could be found at the local dump.
Living in a small community, we don't have garbage pick up,
everyone takes their own garbage, and recycling items to the dump.
The dump has a separate metal section
as well as a section with lots of wood bits.
Attached to the building that holds the recycled items
there is a free store where items that are not garbage are put,
and people can take them if they need them.
It is actually a pretty busy place with people not only bringing items,
but also picking up items that they may need
- especially since the closest hardware store is 100 miles away.
I spent some time there and found this old medicine cabinet
that I thought I could turn into something.
So I scrubbed it down, hammered out a few dents and gave it a coat of paint.
I also found some corks, a box of dominoes, a roll of paper, egg cartons,
some old sewing patterns, used light bulbs and some pieces of wood
that I used as the bases to create a variety of little items.
I added some ink, paint, glue and some drawings from my supply at home
to complete the pieces.
I also made some little bowls by shaping some mushed up egg carton pulp around a ball I found at the dump, and decorated them with coloured sewing patterns.
There is more to this story,
as I also spent a day at the dump
getting community members to make items
that were put on the shelves in the cabinet that became
a cabinet of curiosities.
Pictures of how it all came together will be posted soon...... I promise.