Cardboard, cds, old mags, bubble wrap, fruit stickers, wood scraps, cereal boxes…

March 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas | 1 Comment
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Collage “Bird Mask” by J. Desmond- recycled mags & other papers

What discarded items are lurking around your house waiting to be transformed into art? By brainstorming, considering possibilities, anything can become a medium for creative expression.

There’s a freedom in it. Recycling and repurposing bypasses the need for purchasing specialized materials: canvas, paint, special paper, and such. Plus it alleviates the oft seen, beginner’s intimidation when confronted with an array of expensive art stuff.

You just plunge in—imagine, conceive, pile up, cut, tear, organize, design, glue, hammer, and lose yourself in the process. Sometimes it’s just about the process, about voicing your expression, and sometimes you will come up with a thing worth keeping.

Starting Wednesday evening, March 17through March 19, 2010, there’s an art exhibit featuring such recycled art at the Odd Fellows Hall,50 Tobias St, Kernville, California.It will highlight a display by local students answering the theme ofHow Do You Green at Home, Work, or School?

This is part of the 2010 Living Green Kern River Valley Festivalto be held March 17 thru 21, 2010 in California.

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  1. traditional art training sometimes insists on using archival materials that are guaranteed to last the centuries. That is what is intimidating, and creates fear of creativity itself. I feel a little freer knowing that I’m making works that will last as long as anyone wants them to or throw into the nearest fireplace if they wish. I can charge less for them also; it gets them out from under the bed and out of the house.

    I have newspaper clippings from 100 years ago. Yes, they are faded and delicate, but they still exist.


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