Tuesday, December 20, 2011

recycled mixed media

I have finally finished all of the blocks for my recycled piece.
This is the first set, which have in order from the fabric up
plasterer's tape (grid), sewn down with scrap thread
Chewing gum foil flower blanket stitched down
flower made from scraps of entrapped fibre film
plastic washer painted with green nail polish sewn down
black transistor with the eletrodes poking out in the centre for the stamens.
Here they are closer up.
Here is the next set.
These are constructed from.
plasterer's tape (grid), sewn down with scrap thread
Tyvek scraps and tea bag flowers cross stitched to opposite corners
Small straight stitches across the opposite diagonal
Large to medium circular disks couched down (painted with nail polish)
Medium washer with smaller washers or rings around it (painted with nail polish)
Coloured LED for the flower centre
And here they are close up - there is a lot more variation in this group.
And the next set.
These are constructed from.

plasterer's tape (grid), sewn down with scrap thread
A plastic disc cut from plastic packaging and painted with nail polish.
Two different coloured and oriented chewing gum foil flowers
A black  metal gripper or crimp used for wiring
A grey wire crimp that I have painted green for the centre
And there they are close up - this group is actually my favourite.
And the last set.

These are constructed from.

plasterer's tape (grid), sewn down with scrap thread
 A circle of dyed batting blanket stitched down
A plastic flower cut from plastic packaging and painted with nail polish.
Four springs painted and tied into petals
A painted washer with a scallopped sort of edge again painted
A few french knots in the centre and some tied thread in the corners
And here they are close up.  You can click on them to see a bit closer.

I really enjoyed making these and the challenge of making them from scraps and rubbish was fun.

I do enjoy making little fiddly things like this in the evenings.

Now I just have to decide on a background and arrangement.  I have a few ideas but I'll just let them play around in my head for a little while before I decide.

Oh, well, that's one project out of the way, just a few hundred to go......

4 comments:

  1. Posts like this make me wish I could drop everything and play art! (I'm a fanatic for grids.)

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  2. Can I come to your house and play in your studio? There's so much to play with in there, and look at the results of your playing! How ingenious!!!

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  3. Love the idea of using recycled stuff. It does look like fun. Hope you have a lovely Christmas Vicki and a very happy new year full of more creative endeavours. di.

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  4. Thanks, all happy holidays to you all, too

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