Just One Word: Plastics
Are you listening? Olympia Dumpster Divers digs all things recycled, reused, repurposed and salvaged from the scrap heaps, rescued from the rubbish bin, or otherwise reclaimed and refashioned. All you dumpster divers, eco-warriors, sustainability soul-searching citizens, and the rest of the Go Green gang, we salute you! ODD especially enjoys crafts and art made from junk, and Ruby Re-Usable in particular has a soft spot in her heart for plastic and dolls. Ms. R-U has a modest collection of quirky dolls made from unusual materials, which she intends to display in an on-line exhibit sometime soon. In the meantime, here are some links she would like to share about plastics, dolls, and other cool sites that inspire us to Make Art, Not Waste!
The Artist In Residence Program at SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc. is an innovative program that inspires and educates people about recycling and resource conservation by providing local artists with access to materials, a work space, and other resources at our Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center.
Seattle artist Jo Braun has her mosaic recycled glass art panels on display at Tacoma’s EnviroHouse now until February 2008.
Janet Cooper hosts the Virtual Museum of Recycled Handbags, which doesn’t mean hand-me-downs; think clutches created from coke cans and purses made from pop tops. (found her at Art for Housewives)
Beyond diatribes about peak oil prices or how to make organic baby food, Eco Chick keeps you updated on what is going on in the great green world. Of particular interest is this recent post on Stuart Haygarth’s recycled art.
Ever want to make something useful out of all those outdated neckties? Barb Lawrence’s blog, Woof Nanny, will show you how.
Read about how Seattle artist Boma Cho turns castoff clothes into collectibles, then “Save the Earth in style” at Terramia.
The Heidelberg Project, bearing the name of the street on which it exists, was started in 1986 by Tyree Guyton. He was assisted by his grandfather, Sam (Grandpa) Mackey (deceased), and his former wife, Karen Guyton. Armed with a paintbrush, a broom, and neighborhood children, Guyton, Karen, and Grandpa began by cleaning up vacant lots on Heidelberg and Elba Streets. From the refuse they collected, Guyton began to transform the street into a massive art environment.
Sentimental Plastics is an urban design project that explores how people use plastic bags in the city environment and aims to offer creative solutions to change peoples attitudes about their own use of plastic bags.
Cool contemporary mixed media dolls at Indian Doll Art Works blog; plastic bag dolls by Katie Allan, Diane Kurzyna, and Kjerstin Rossi, along with other interesting art made from plastic, at Leave No Plastic Behind, the reality-based art project spearheaded by Cheryl Lohrmann.
Wow, I had no idea the field of plastic doll making was so vast and diverse!
This is just the tip of the trash heap, I am sure…but the 3 that I list from Leave No Plastic Behind are all just from the Pacific NW, and are 3 different plastic bag doll-making techniques (plaiting, braiding, taping), along with those wonderful Burkina Faso dolls (crocheting).
So far, I have NOT found anything like this on Etsy (lots of crochet and fused plastic bag bags, no dolls), nor on Flickr (the art dolls tend to be made with beads and velvet and ceramic faces) except, of course, my tape baby dolls.
IF you do discover cool trash art dolls (especially plastic bag dolls), please keep us posted! love, etc Ruby