Art Series - Single Use
MIXED MEDIA ART + ART SERIES SINGLE USE - containers, recycling, sculpture, repurposing
As we gain the use of GPS in our vehicles, on our phones. on our watches or other devices we find ourselves no longer requiring a paper map to locate our travel destinations. This item approaching redundancy is one more item reducing the need for paper pulp in our world.
Like many National Geographic magazine collections when they are no longer wanted, they end up in a landfill or at a paper recycler. More than 100 National Geographic covers were used for this container; the remainder of the magazines were donated to an art classroom for collage work, extending their use for a little longer.
During our house construction I witnessed so many materials that were designated for the waste bin. The metal strapping that bundled the building materials was saved to eventually be repurposed into my art. I have always loved working with metal and the rigidity of its form.
As a child I loved to draw with spirograph. The precision of the line making and the magic of the pattern developing as I neared the end of the design fascinated me. The threads on the inside of Spirograph It mirror the mathematical formation of patterns created when drawing with the plastic disks and are a tribute to my play time as a child. Spirograph It is woven from the discarded plastic strips off drywall and is embellished with yarn and thread.
‘Either we cage the virus or we become caged’. We cage the virus when we have a reliable vaccine created, resulting in freedom to move about in society once again. If not, we continue to be trapped in our own homes, caged in. This multi medium container is a vessel that represents that cage.
Two very large oil paintings completed when I was 20 were eventually removed from their stretcher frames, rolled up and stored. Years later I wanted to find a way to enjoy these brightly coloured canvases again without re-stretching and hanging them. Resurrected and repurposed they have been cut into two different strip widths and woven into this container. To adorn the surrounding surface of the container different sized buttons and a webbing of random threads were secured inside and outside.
White collar workers wear shirts to work. These shirts are from my now retired husbands’ collection. They have been recycled into this long slender cylinder, which has been woven on a plastic structure. The buttons taken from the shirts were resewn to adorn the surface and create the button down collar.
When I was 17 in high school, I took a drafting class, the project plans hand drawn were kept. Many years later this once used vellum has been cut apart to be woven into a container. The main part of the container is made from very old unused vellum. This vellum has been cut into strip for the two different weaving techniques. On the sides of the container are hand drawn lines and patterns that mimic the old drafting project drawings.
With a family of four children who wore jeans daily there ended up being many pairs outworn. These were repurposed into many different items throughout the years but there always seemed to be an endless supply. This container was stitched into place with butcher cord as the height increased. The colour coated wire adorning the top edge is from a friend who has passed, it will make a wonderful remembrance of her.
There was a time when teachers used overhead projectors and transparency plastic sheets to teach their lessons. These redundant plastic sheets have been cut to widths and handsewn together, followed by being woven onto a wire frame. The bottom is woven and decorated with two plastic shopping bags. Metal aluminum filings from lathe work adorn the indented section.
When building our retirement house there were several bundles of wood and other supplies delivered, all were held together with plastic strapping. At my request the contractor kept all the strapping. Delighted to see the strapping in a variety of colours I made this diagonal weave container. The glass beads attached to the side are a pattern of 7 x 7, my favourite number.
Magazines once purchased by an individual are often only read once, unless they are passed along to a friend. This container is made from three quarters of one magazine. I could make hundreds of containers with all the magazines I have acquired. The button decorations are reused from my grandmothers button collect. The black thread is decorative and makes the container unusable as the threads shift from side to side on the inside.
When I attended UVIC I walked across campus from residence to my studio space taking along with me a brown bag lunch. All my lunch bags (67) have been repurposed into this container that is woven on a wire frame. The pennies are a discontinued coin that I wanted to honour.