A catchy little theme song for all of us on the Ban the Bag Wagon:
Ruby Re-Usable has been reusing plastic bags in her art work since 1999 (Wonder Bread bags since 2000). In 2004 she was commissioned by the City of Olympia to create a piece of art that would be used as the cover image for the spring Arts Walk map, and also become part of the city’s public art collection. Using shopping bags from local businesses, in combination with other stuff (including decorative plastic sushi “grass,” foil from sparkling apple cider bottles, plastic film canisters, pony beads, soda straws, thrift store Xmas garland, reused chenille stems, a gum wrapper chain, ribbon scraps, plastic bread tags, an empty plastic cap ring, and a pop top), Ruby created Springtide Dancers: three doll-like figures with plastic bottles and cardboard tubes for an armature, covered with old socks and dressed in those colorful plastic bags.
Fast forward 9 years later, when Ruby notices that the Wonder Bread bag pants of one of the figures have seriously faded and are also photodegrading. While Wonder Bread is no longer available, Ruby did have a small stash of Wonder Bread bags still available for the necessary repair work. More pics of the before and after work HERE
Maybe the City of Olympia will allow Ruby Re-Usable to include an informational tag on her piece about the dangers of plastic bags; or maybe she will just have to create a new piece of reused plastic bag art that has the information integrated into the art work!
ps Nine years later, we are happy to report that some of those shops are still in business AND have stopped using plastic shopping bags; the City of Olympia/Thurston County are considering banning plastic bags
Just discovered Khalil Chishtee‘s compelling plastic bag sculptures:
Khalil Chishtee is a Pakistani artist that uses trash bags to form and mold life. The sculpture’s poses of emotions release and brings out a connecting value that together allows our souls to whisper. He’s currently residing in California and received his education through Sacramento State. “Artworks needn’t always portray beauty.” -Khalil Chishtee. via Empty Kingdom
Last month we told you all about the art heist at Matter Gallery; unfortunately, we have no updates to report as of yet. This month we are posting about Matter Gallery again: forty of Matter’s artists have work in the Art from Scrap exhibit at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights of this exhibit include:
an assemblage by Vblast:
a Mexican folk art-inspired piece by Loran Scruggs‘:
a colorful baby by Ruby Re-Usable:
Art from Scrap runs February 3 – 28; see more pics HERE and HERE, read what Molly Gilmore wrote about this show in the Olympian and what Alec Clayton of the Volcano thinks (hint: he loves painting but doesn’t think the dragon is art) and then tell us about your favorite piece
The inspiration for this exhibit was the innovative and energetic Canadian group, ScrapArtsMusic, who performed at the Washington Center on 2/4/12
We here at Olympia Dumpster Divers would like to wish you an Upcycle Solstice, Happy Trashnukkah, Merry Trashmas and a Recycled Festivus for the Rest of Us! This year, the eight days of Chanukkah coincide with the winter solstice and Christmas, so we are presenting a combo of trashtastic hanukiahs and X-mas trees all in one post:
Menorah made in Haiti out of recycled 55-gallon oil drums
Go green with a recycled Sprite bottle X-mas tree in Lithuania
Make a glass bottle menorah with instructions on ReadyMade
Hubcap X-mas tree from Unconsumption
Peznorah (and 7 more awesome menorahs) found on geek.com
clothespins hanukiah by Gad Charny, more sustainable menorahs on Green Prophet
There are even more images of creative reuse Christmas trees on Unconsumption, Crisp Green, and Mother Nature Network. We tried to find an image of the sun made from recycled materials, but couldn’t find one, so Ruby vows to create a sun for the NEXT upcycle solstice celebration. Happy, Trash-free Holidays from Olympia Dumpster Divers!
Well, guess we have been a bit distracted and have not been feeling very bloggy lately … promise we will make it up to you! The Occupy movement has been big on our minds, and so we were thrilled to find this example of trash fashion for the 99%: