When I absent-mindedly dropped trash in our kitchen’s utensil drawer, I knew I’d taken the up-cycling-artist thing, a bit too far.
As my partner Sara said, I’d been playing with tin cans too long.
Maybe you’ve done something similar—cleaned up after breakfast, accidently returning cereal to the frig and milk to the kitchen cupboard.
I’d endured the absent-minded -professor jokes when I taught writing at our state’s flagship university. Now that I’m not teaching, the absent-mindedness endures.
So, although both Sara and I are depleted as only desperate and aging Baby Boomers can be, this weekend’s launch of Idiom Art at Third Street Stuff‘s Bizarre Bazaar was a huge, if exhausting, success. (We hope you’ll visit and “like” our Facebook page and check out our Etsy shop, as well.)
And since I’m too tired for words, I’ll let the pictures tell the rest. Below are new photos of art—both mine and Sara’s—and then images of the bazaar itself.
First up—Sara’s creations—tables I saved from the trash and Sara painted and decoupaged with flowers she photographed this summer; tin can’s she’s recycled and covered with photoshopped images of bourbon bottles; and switch-plates she’s covered with the same image.
Next— 2 chairs I painted. These were hand-carved by Haitian craftsmen just after the 2010 earthquake. They were sold on the street in Port-au-Prince, where they retained a raw wood surface. I’ve simply painted and decoupaged them.
Below are my mixed-media shadow box creations.
And, finally, photos of the Bizarre Bazaar event itself.
Though you may not compete in the ditzy Olympics, what’s the most absent-minded thing you’ve done recently? Do you use recycled items in creative ways? How was your weekend?
Note: I should be back reading blogs again early this week. About time, right? Thanks for your patience. I’ve missed you!