Just a few clarifications: I really do go around with a black garbage bag, begging downtown businesses for bubble wrap. In fact, I am going to OlyBikes today, and often hit up Room 30 and Radiance (best smelling bubble wrap in town!).
But I use shopping bags, not garbage bags, to create the baby dolls. I try to bring my own bags when grocery shopping, but not when shopping in other stores. The result, of course, is that I still manage to accumulate too many plastic bags that need to be re-purposed, re-used, or recycled. My friends also contribute to my plastic bag collection: like the kid who is happy to play with the box that the gift came in, I am thrilled when they present me with intriguingly beautiful bags from foreign countries and big city stores.
Some of my plastic bag babies will be part of High Tech/Low Tech, a NorthWest Designer Craftsman show at South Puget Sound Community College gallery this December. Am waiting to hear about other shows (will keep you posted). Leave No Plastic Behind, a reality-based art experience, will be on exhibit in Portland in November. The Seattle Re-Store Recycled Art and Fashion Show has been rescheduled to April, 2008.